Sunday, May 31, 2009

Easy Affordable Meals

Up to this point, this blog has only contained copies of the messages emailed out to each sister every Sunday. That is about to change. We would like to see the blog used to get all kinds of (hopefully) useful information out to the ward sisters.

Since we are living in exciting economic times, we have discussed in Relief Society many times the need for all of us to live more frugally. Here is one of my family's favorite VERY economical, so easy it's embarrassing, recipes. We fondly refer to them as "White Trash Burritos."


Canned Chili (We use whatever was on sale the weeks before and is in our food storage. Right now, it is Dennison's turkey chili.)

Shredded Cheese (We like medium cheddar, but I think that jack would be really good in this recipe.)

Flour tortillas

For 8 burritos (enough to fill a 9x13 pan) use 3 cans of chili (or 2 cans of chili and one can of refried beans.)

Warm the chili. Spoon chili into a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll the tortilla and place seam side down in a 9x13 pan sprayed with Pam. Repeat until pan is full. Pour any remaining chili over the top of the tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 until warm all through (only about 20 minutes since the chili was warm when you put it into the tortillas.)

Serve with salsa and sour cream. Today we ate this with Caesar salad (Huge heads of Romaine lettuce are on sale at Henry's for 77 cents) and corn.

I buy my Chili when it is on sale for $1.00 or less per can. My last big purchase was when Ralphs had it on sale for 50 cents a can a few months ago. I bought 3 dozen cans and used the end of them today.

This is really frugal if you make chili from scratch (dry beans) and use the left overs to make burritos the day after. I have a great recipe that makes in the crockpot if you want it.

Okay! Time for you guys to share your frugal recipes. Just press the comment button and type!


  1. Tortillas

    Grind your own wheat and then use:
    4 cups flour
    2 tsp salt
    1 TBSP baking powder
    2 TBSP olive oil
    1 to 1 and 1/2 cups warm water

    Mix dry ingredients, add oil and stir in, then add enough water to make a soft but not sticky dough. Divide into 16 balls and roll each on a floured surface so it makes an 8 to 10 inch tortilla. Cook on a hot dry griddle until bubbles appear. Flip and cook on the other side till it bubble again, usually about a minute. Transfer to a plate and cover. Now you've made your own tortillas from storage.

  2. Here is the chicken parmesan recipe from Nicole's reception:

    Lay thawed chicken breast or thigh filets out in a baking dish. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. Pour your favorite tomato sauce over all. (We used organic tomato basil from Costco) Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake in a 375* oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

  3. That Chicken Parmesan was amazing! I made it the following Sunday. My family loved it and it was SOOOOOOOO easy.