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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Beef & Zucchini Taco's ($5 Meals)

On a quest to save money around here I tried the $5 meals for two weeks to see if I could bring our grocery bill down.  I still have to work on it but I did it close to the $5 a meal.  I did find some yummy recipes that the boys and I enjoyed.  This one I could actually eat just modified (most night I fix them a meal and then me what I can eat - which on this diet is so limited).

I found this recipe on the $5 Meal Website for Beef & Zucchini Taco's.  I've included her break down of prices (mine was a little more)

1.5 lb ground beef, browned and drained ($1.95/2=$.98!!!)
2 cups zucchini, diced ($.25) 
1/2 yellow onion, chopped ($.15)
1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
1 tsp onion powder ($.05)
1 tsp chili powder ($.05)
1 tsp ground cumin ($.05)
Use her homemade taco seasoning mix or substitute a packet of taco seasoning
Salt/Pepper, to taste
Old El Paso – 6 hard shells, 6 soft shells pack ($1.49)
1 large tomato, diced 
About 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce ($.20)
About 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($.30) 

1. Brown ground beef with diced zucchini and chopped onion. Drain and return to pan. Add spices and let saute for 3-4 minutes to let the flavors infuse.
2. Prepare taco fixins…chop lettuce, dice tomato and set out shredded cheese.
3. Cook corn cobs in boiling water for 4-5 minutes, or in a microwavable dish covered with plastic wrap for 2-2.5 minutes per ear.
4. Assemble tacos

(I used taco seasoning from the bulk isle at Winco.  I used coleslaw kit to add a little extra veggies - didn't use the sauce)

The boys had it in a shell
I had mine naked in a bowl :)

Have a wonderful day, give this one a try a great way to get some veggies in!


  1. I will have to make these (with homemade shells!). Did you know if you put soft tortillas on the oven rack they make a shell? Yummy!

  2. Those look yummy...are you not eating carbs at all? That would be tough but you are doing so good!!!

  3. Look at you getting your frugal on!! Good job because that is a steal for such an awesome meal.

  4. MMmmmmmmmm .... I don't eat tacos very often but once in awhile they sound really good.

  5. I like tacos every now and then. This recipe sounds very good!

  6. How funny...I juyst got beef out of the freezer for dinner tonight but had no idea what to do with it! Well know I know, I even have fresh corn on cob so perfect dinner tonight

  7. Those look delicious and getting the kids to eat veggies is always awesome!

  8. This would be a great way to use up zucchini in the summer time...might have to shred the zucchini for the kids to eat it though :-)

  9. Ditch the shell and serve it on lettuce and it's a GREAT low-carb taco salad. I love the addition of zucchini! I might chop mine smaller to hide it! What they don't know won't hurt them! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.


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