We’ve planned a deliciously frugal Tex-Mex menu plan for you! Our featured recipes this week are from Tennessee’s CookingSpot, an amazing site with free printable recipes. These meals are incredibly budget–conscious, easy to prepare, and use very few ingredients. You’ll notice a short shopping list below, because many of the ingredients overlap between recipes. We also love that you can choose to print their recipes on a 3×5 card, 4×6 card, or on a full page. CookingSpot’s head chef, Jimmy Spellings, was trained at the Memphis Culinary Academy under renowned Chef Joseph Carey.
Home Ever After’s exclusive Take and Make Menu Plans contain everything you need for an entire week’s dinners with no research and all you have to do is the shopping and cooking! Print out the menu plan each Sunday, which includes:
- A shopping list of ingredients. Print out the list, check off what you already have on hand, then take your shopping list to the store.
- A dinner meal for each day. Click the name of the meal to print the recipe and directions. (After the week is over, add the recipes to your cookbook for future use.)
Take And Make Menu Plan:
CookingSpot – Tex-Mex Extravaganza!
Menu is planned for a family of 4 (number of servings varies and is listed with each recipe). Please adjust ingredients and recipes up to accommodate extra people.
|Meats and Proteins:
____ 1.5 pound chicken breasts
____ 1 block of Monterey jack cheese
____ 6 pounds of ground beef
____ 2 cans of kidney beans
____ 1 block of cheddar cheese
____ 1 block of pepperjack cheese
____ 3 onions
____ 3 green peppers
____ 3 jalapeno pepper
____ 7 cloves of garlic
____ 1 cup of plum tomatoes
____ 1 cup of green peas
____ 1 tablespoon of pimentos
____ 1 can of corn
____ 1 head of lettuce
____ 2 tomatoes
____ 1 can of sliced black olives
____ 2 cups of chicken stock
____ 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
____ 1 can of enchilada sauce
____ 1 jar of enchilada sauce
____ Ground cumin
____ Chili powder
____ Cayenne pepper
____ 3 packages of taco seasoning
____ Black pepper
____ 1 tablespoon of capers
____ 2 bottles of chunky salsa
____ 3/4 cup of Miracle Whip dressing
____ 28 ounces of sour cream
____ 8 ounces of guacamole
|Grains / Baking:
____ 3/4 cup of brown rice
____ 13 flour tortillas
____ 1 bag of tortilla chips
____ 1 bag of corn chips
____ 24 corn tortillas
Meals with Recipes:
Dinner: Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) by Chef Spellings. This classic Mexican recipe makes six servings.
Dinner: Barbecue Quesadillas (with chicken) by Chef Spellings. This recipe is very exciting because it takes a new twist on the traditional quesadilla. Barbeque sauce isn’t an ingredient you often see in Mexican food, making it even more appealing as a new dish to try. Four servings.
Dinner: Beef Nacho Casserole by Chef Spellings. This incredibly fast recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. The best feature of this recipe is that it calls for crumbled up tortilla chips, which means there is finally a good use for the broken chips that get left at the bottom of the bag! Yields six servings.
Dinner: Buffet Style Taco Salad by Chef Spellings. This delicious recipe is sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike, since you set up a buffet in your own dining room! You’ll feel like you’re eating at a Mexican restaurant with a buffet, only you’ll really be in the comfort of your own home, eating at delicious frugal meal instead of paying a restaurant price. Serves eight.
Dinner: Enchilada Casserole by Chef Bill. A little spicy, a little cheesy, this fab Mexican casserole takes only 25 minutes to cook. Serves five.
Dinner: Taco Lasagna. Chef Bill recommends this 1 pan dinner as a great family recipe. With a 10 minute prep time and 30 minute baking time, this time-saver will let you get other things done after work instead of spending all your time making dinner. Serves five.
Dinner: Leftover Love. Spread out a buffet table of all the leftovers from the week’s meals. This means a day-off for the chef!
Print out our other Take and Make Menu Plans or check out other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.