What meal is both cheap AND interactive? Tacos of course. It is always so much fun to make a taco exactly how you like it (EXTRA sour cream, cheese and hot sauce pour moi…), and since the ingredients are so affordable, you can host a bunch of friends at once on a budget. Tacos are also a perfect ice breaker, they are quite a messy food, and hence will put all of your guests at ease almost instantly — who can keep a straight face when your neighbor has taco sauce running down their chin? So, here is my take on a very basic taco night recipe.
1 tbsp olive oil – hopefully you always have this on hand…
1 lb ground sirloin – $4.99
1 small onion – $0.17
two cloves of garlic – $0.49 for a head
1 heaping tbsp chile powder – $3.49 for a container
2 chipotles in adobo – $2.99 for a can — you can use the rest to make chipotle mayo (a personal favorite) or Gwyneth Paltrow’s peach BBQ chicken (VERY tasty)
1 cup tomato sauce – $1.99 for a jar
1/2 cup water – FREE!
Corn tortillas – $1.49 for 50
2 plum tomatoes – $0.92
1 head iceberg lettuce – $2.29
1 8 oz bag shredded cheddar jack cheese – $4.99
Hot sauce – $2.99 for a bottle of Cholula original
1 small container sour cream – $1.99
TOTAL: $28.79 — this will serve 6 people if you make a side of Spanish rice or something similar. About $5/pp with leftover ingredients. In fact, it will probably end up being a lot cheaper, as most of the ingredients you probably have kicking around already.
First, chop the onion, garlic and chipotles.
In a pan over medium-high heat brown the meat for about three minutes, then add the onions and garlic and cook for about five more minutes.
Serve and enjoy!