The ingredients and their proportions had to change a bit to compensate.
2-3 T veggie oil $0.02
1 lb. Ground Chicken (special...) - $2.99
1/2 can Rancheros Refried Beans - $0.75
2 Yellow Onions, chopped - $0.10
1 clove garlic, minced - $0.05
1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder - $0.05
1 tsp salt - $0.01
1 tsp Chipotle Chili Pepper - $0.06
9 Hard Taco Shells - $0.84 (Ortega brand - awesome)
3 ounces cheese (2 mozz., 1 cheddar) - $0.68
9 tsp Sour Cream - $0.31
Instructions: Warm the oil over low heat in a nonstick skillet. Throw in the chopped onions. Cook 1 minute or so. Add the ground chicken. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees and put 1-2 T water in a small sauce pan over low heat. Cook ground chicken, adding the garlic, salt, cumin & chili pepper at this point.
|Note the lightness - there's no keeping this a secret.|
Whatever veggies you'd like to throw in, prep them while the shells warm up. Chop the lettuce into little long slits and the tomatoes into little blocks; wash your cilantro, and grate your cheese (a large grate is much better than the super thin ones - that way you can taste your cheese).
Take out your taco shells. Turn off the heat. Set a paper towel into a 13x9 baking dish (metal), and stand up the shells. 9 fit perfectly going the long way. Dump a teaspoon or so of refried beans into the bottom of each shell. Don't worry about spreading it - leave it in a lump at the bottom. Don't torture yourself. Then, use a large spoon to put about a Tablespoon or more of chicken mixture into the shell. Smash down the beans, it'll spread out that way. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on the mixture. Set it back in the oven (heat turned off but still warm) until you're ready to eat.
Now, whatever you do, don't lose your cilantro. My cilantro was very very dirty, and there was very little left. I took off all of the good leaves, put them into the clear lid from the lettuce container, washed them, put them on a paper towel to dry...and lost them. No cilantro with dinner tonight. I must have thrown it away during the madness that is my kitchen. Perhaps it was the 7 month old climbing up the back of my legs and screaming that she would bang her head if I did not pick her up. Perhaps it was the wasp in the box of toy bricks my son brought up from the basement...I know not. To add a little salt (always add salt...) to my wound, the lettuce and tomato...were frozen. My fridge has a cold spot - the entire back of it - if you put anything anywhere near the back, it freezes. I hoped that that just meant that my frozen lettuce and tomato would be easier to chop up with my handy dandy Cutco Petit Chef's knife. It was, most certainly, easier to cut. I usually use the serrated knife for the tomato, but I didn't have to this time...I waited, and prayed for delicious vegetables to put on the top of the tacos...no go. Ice cubes, red ones. Gross. Sad day when your lettuce and tomatoes get ruined by your refrigerator. Sad day.
Delicious Tacos, though. Yea.
These tacos fed 2 adults, no kids. Stan had 2 cheese roll ups. (2 tortillas - $0.38, 2 slices American cheese $0.28+ some lettuce & tomatoes $0.15)
Total Price of Adults Meal: $5.86
Total Price of Kid's Meal: $0.81
Total Price of 2 adults, 1 child: $6.67