So when I shared how we survived spring soccer season, I completely spaced on one of our favorite quick and easy, budget-friendly meals... Tacos, of course!
My kids will eat tacos any day of the week, be it Taco Tuesday (on a Wednesday...) or Fiesta Friday. In fact, sometimes I think that my teenage boys would eat their weight in tacos if I let them -- which could get kind of expensive, you know? Especially since I prefer to purchase organic ground beef whenever possible.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find that my local Walmart now carries organic grass-fed ground beef at what I consider to be an excellent price. Typically I find it priced anywhere from $7.99-$9.99 per pound at other grocery stores in my area. At Walmart, it's just $5.99 per pound!
Still more than conventional ground beef, for sure, but I've found that when I stretch it by adding a can of drained and rinsed black beans, it evens things out. Especially given the Great Value organic black beans are only $0.92 per can.
Another budget-stretcher? I make my own homemade taco seasoning. I'm still using the same recipe that I shared years ago -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it! It's every bit as good as those packets you can buy in stores, minus all of the icky additives.
While I was shopping, I noticed that Walmart now carries Great Value organic spices, so you can bet I'll be giving those a try next time I need to make a batch. Which shouldn't be too long from now... We go through a lot!
In addition to plain ole' traditional tacos (hard or soft), we use this easy taco meat recipe on tostadas, in walking tacos, on taco salads, you name it! And it freezes well, so you can use it in your favorite freezer meal recipes that call for seasoned ground beef.