Sunday, June 26, 2011


its been a month but seems like 6 in the blogging world ;)

I am working to get back to blogging regularly. real life stuff.  In keeping w/the current frugal theme I am blogging a money saving recipe.

Today we had freezer swap. I LOVE this swap! we all bring whatever we a)have in the freezer b) like to mass produce or c)whatever different dishes they'd like to share. 

Today I made taco meat mix. For this, I mix browned hamburger, homemade refried beans & homemade taco seasoning.  The hamburger is from our beef that's in the freezer, the beans are from the bulk purchase I made a while back from Paul's Grains that I started soaking on Thursday then Friday morning I rinsed them & started them to cook in the crockpot (high for 4-6 hours, then low until Saturday evening).  I refridgerated them overnight (simply because I was tired) & 'refried' them this morning as I was browning the beef.  When the beef was browning, I added 1 tablespoon of homemade taco seasoning.  The recipe came from this blog.

Taco Seasoning Mix
Combine in a small mixing bowl:
2 Tablespoons dried oregno - I had ground so used just under 1 TBS
2 Tablespoons salt
1 Tablespoon garlic powder - I had granulated so just about 1/2 TBS
1 Tablespoon onion flakes
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1/2 Tablespon black pepper
Use 1-2 Tablespoons of mix per pound of ground beef, depending on how spicy you like it.  I use 1TBS in the ground beef as well as 1TBS in the plain refried beans I put in the freezer. 

For us at home, I also melt in sharp cheddar & warm some salsa of choice in the mix, but for others, I leave out the cheese & salsa.  The seasoned refried beans I put in the freezer, I use for the childcare kids' bean & cheese quesadillas, an quick taco supper for us, or super nachos for either us or the kids.

The other girls brought pineapple pork chops, banana bread w/& w/o nuts, shredded beef w/a choice of toppings (sauce or seasoning), scalloped chicken, & beef burgers.

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