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I had to invent this to use up the extra 3/4 lb. of taco meat that I had left!
Heat the meat (seasoned with taco seasoning; if you're starting from fresh ground meat, then brown and add a packet of taco seasoning OR use the taco seasoning mix at the bottom of this page)in a large saucepan (.99+.20 for seasoning)
add 1/4 c. minced onion and a clove or two of minced garlic and sautee a couple minutes until it's all heated through. (.15)
to that, add:
1 can black beans--with juices (.39)
1 can kidney beans--with juices (.39)
1 can diced tomatoes--with juices (.39)
1 c water
1 tsp chicken or beef bullion (or a cube) (.05)
optional: 1 can corn
simmer. Put sour cream and cheese in a bowl, top with soup. Add crunched up tortilla chips.
cost: 2.41 (more if you do the corn) plus the cost of sour cream and cheese and tortilla chips--generic is the way to go. Meal total is about 3 dollars with garnishes.
If you want to make your own taco seasoning... it's cheap and easy:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons EACH chili powder & cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
dash of paprika
1/2 cup tap water
I wisk together in the water and pour over the browned, drained, rinsed meat. Simmer. I also cut down the chili powder a bit, and add a little extra cumin--but I'm a cumin lover.