There are certain staple foods that I try to always have on hand in our household – things like fresh fruit, yogurt, and soft tortillas. Yes, tortillas. Our kiddos absolutely love anything that is made with a tortilla, and will even eat them plain for a snack. While the frugal side of me would love to try making them from scratch, the very practical side of me knows that I’d be hard pressed to make them much cheaper than the $0.99 that Aldi sells them for.
I love finding new recipes that incorporate tortillas, since they are almost always a huge hit for our family. The burrito casserole is one such recipe. It’s quick and easy to put together, and is an economical dinner choice as well.
3 cups water
2 burrito seasoning mix packets
2 cans (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2 lbs. ground beef
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
20 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheese (I use either Cheddar or a Mexican blend)
Brown ground beef; drain and set aside. Mix water, seasoning mixes, and tomato sauce until well blended. Add beans and 1 cup of the sauce mixture to the ground beef. Fill each taco with approximately 1/2 cup of ground beef mixture.
Roll tortilla, and place seam side down into a greased 9×13-inch pan. Pour remaining sauce over burritos. Top with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Our oldest son does not care for beans, so I typically leave a portion of the ground beef and sauce mixture aside to fill his burritos prior to adding in the beans.
Meijer brand burrito seasoning packets, $1 (Meijer)
Store brand tomato sauce, $0.80 (Aldi)
Ground beef, $1.98 (used $1/1 Ground Beef wyb Uncle Ben’s Rice coupons at Kroger)
Ortega black beans, $0.76 (Meijer)
Store brand flour tortillas, $1.98 (Aldi)
Store brand shredded cheese, $2.39 (Aldi)
Total cost – $8.91 (or $1.49 per serving)
We paired this casserole with corn and brown rice, which rounded out this meal nicely. The leftovers on this meal never stick around very long!