Our Family’s Favorite Meals: Tacos

We rarely eat at restaurants.  For one, the closest restaurants are 15 minutes away.  Two, we have a family of 7, so eating out can be expensive.  Three, since Joshua has food allergies (dairy, wheat, egg whites, soy) it isn’t always easy to find someplace that he can eat.  Those are the reasons why I have had to learn to enjoy cooking.

One of our favorite, kid-pleasing meals is taco night.  My husband says we need to have “Taco Tuesday” every week.  :)  I don’t fix tacos every week, but I do try to serve them at least every other week.

We like hard taco shells the best.  The great thing about them is that they are gluten-free so Joshua can enjoy them, too.  Some toppings we enjoy are shredded cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream.

To make tacos I usually use 2 pounds of browned burger (We mostly use ground venison.) and either my homemade seasoning mix (See recipe below) or salsa.  I usually serve tacos with refried beans, chips and guacamole (although not everyone likes it) and fruit.

Taco night is not only a crowd pleaser, but it also is a frugal meal.  I have never figured out the exact cost, but I do know that we can feed our family of 7, 6 of whom eat tacos, for less than $10 and have some left over.

Taco Seasoning Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Dried Minced Onion
  • ⅓ Cup Chili Powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and put them into a jar with a lid. Store in a cool dry place.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon per 1 pound of cooked ground beef, chicken, or beans (more if you like extra flavor).
  3. Add ¼ to ½ of a cup of water and heat in a skillet.

Does your family like tacos?  What do you serve with them?

  • Rachel Espino

    I make my own taco seasoning as well.  It is really tasty and much cheaper than store bought.  We love tacos, too.  I usually try to fry my own tortillas, but it is so time consuming.  I love the crunch!

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      That’s great, Rachel.  Frying the tortillas does sound time consuming, though.

  • Linda

    Thank you for sharing! I love the fact that there’s no salt & that it makes a good amount.

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      Thanks, Linda.