Easy Taco Pie

Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
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Beef Taco Salad Pizza

Beef Taco Salad Pizza
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Sounds great. Tortillas are used as the crust. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Beef Taco Salad Pizza
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Sounds great. Tortillas are used as the crust. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 12 inch pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Oil a baking sheet with 1/2 tablespoon of olive olive oil or just lay a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  2. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add a splash of oil, when hot, add the ground beef, when cooked through, add the taco seasoning, and season with salt and pepper to taste. When cooked, drain oil.
  3. Place the tortilla on the baking sheet, sprinkle with 1/2 cut of cheese, top with beef, then top with another 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle on remaining cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. Top with avocado if desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mexican Style Eggs in a Nest

Mexican Style Eggs in a Nest
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Sounds very good, on my to cook list. Two shortcuts to make as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Mexican Style Eggs in a Nest
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Sounds very good, on my to cook list. Two shortcuts to make as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Light grease with butter four 10 ounce ramekins or four 10 ounce Pyrex dishes.
  2. In a mixing bowl and the hash browns and cheese and mix to combine, sprinkle on the taco seasoning and toss to mix that in. Divide the mixture into the 4 ramekins, press down on the bottom and sides making a depression in the center, place the dishes on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and crack an egg into each dish, season with salt and pepper to your liking. Bake for another 10-20 minutes until the whites are fully set and the yolk is starting to firm up but not hard.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 4 servings, this is about 66 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Hash Browns, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Damn Good Taco Soup

Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium sized pot, drain the fat, then add the water and the taco seasoning and mix together.
  2. Drain and rinse the canned beans and if using those, add beans to the pot, plus the corn, tomatoes, chilies, ranch dressing and stir everything together.
  3. Adjust the soup to your desired consistency with tomato juice. Simmer until hot and everything is heated through.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Collins.
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Perfect Cheese Sauce

Perfect Cheese Sauce
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Sounds like an excellent sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Perfect Cheese Sauce
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Sounds like an excellent sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup of sauce
Instructions
  1. This recipe comes together fast, you will want to have all the ingredients measured and ready, in the order they are used, before you begin.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat then whisk in the flour and cook, whisking often, until it is a thick paste and golden brown. Whisk in the taco seasoning and cook 30 seconds more.
  3. Whisk in the milk 1 cup at a time, bring to a simmer then repeat with the milk, it will start out very thick and will thin as more milk is added. When done adding milk, bring to a low simmer and cook 5 more minutes, whisking often. Whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until smooth. Can be used right away or stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When reheating, slowly bring to a boil before use.
Recipe Notes

Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht, Cheddar about 170 Baht, and the Parmesan about 75 Baht. Figure 4 uses from 4 cups of sauce, this is about $2.25 per use.

Shortcut: Taco Seasoning Mix.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Easy Mexicali Pork Chops

Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
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These sounds very good and a really simple rub that can be from a packet or homemade. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
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These sounds very good and a really simple rub that can be from a packet or homemade. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub pork chops on both sides with the taco seasoning mix. Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Brush skillet with the oil. When the pan is hot, add pork chops and cook for about 7-8 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature is 71 C / 160 F, followed by a 3 minute rest time.
  2. Top with salsa if desired and sides of your choice, or thinly slice and serve in flour tortillas with tomato, lettuce, and salsa.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 125 Baht/kilo. I don't think for 4 thick slices would be a kilo, but just using that number, for 4 servings this is about 92 cents per serving. I have only seen pork chops in specialty chops and they are pricey. Going with just a loin that you cut yourself, money saver.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Salsa.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Mexican Tortilla Casserole

Mexican Tortilla Casserole
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Sounds really good and I would say it makes a lot as well. On my to cook list. Plenty of shortcuts to use here for good savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Mexican Tortilla Casserole
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Sounds really good and I would say it makes a lot as well. On my to cook list. Plenty of shortcuts to use here for good savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 8 inch spring form cake pan with butter or olive oil spray.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion, drain, then add the taco seasoning and cook according to package direction.
  3. To assemble, place 1 tortilla in the bottom of the cake pan, spread 1/3 of the refried beans on it, top with 1/3 of the meat and sprinkle on some cheese.
  4. Add the 2nd tortilla, top that with 1/2 the rice, 1/2 the salsa, 1/2 the corn and cheese.
  5. Add the 3rd tortilla, top that with 1/3 of the refried beans, 1/3 the meat, and sprinkle on some cheese.
  6. Add the 4th tortilla, top with the remaining refried beans, then the meat, then the corn, then rice, then the salsa and top with the cheese.
  7. Bake covered with foil for about 40 minutes, uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer, let sit 5 minutes before cutting. After baking top with sour cream, diced onion, and shredded lettuce if desired.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 100 Baht, the cheese about 180 Baht. The tortillas would cost about 120 Baht for 4. Make the shortcuts for savings as well. For 6 servings, this is about $1.96 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Refried Beans, Mexican Corn, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Variants: Very easy to use leftover chili in place of the refried beans, or to use cooked chopped red bell pepper, use corn tortillas in place of flour tortillas, use cottage cheese in place of the salsa, you get the idea. You could make this a different meal each time you make it.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole
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Mention casserole, I like it! This sounds really good. I will have to source the Doritos from the city however, but on my to cook list. Cheese is the expensive part here. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Taco Casserole
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Mention casserole, I like it! This sounds really good. I will have to source the Doritos from the city however, but on my to cook list. Cheese is the expensive part here. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Brown beef and onion in a skillet, drain off any fat, add taco seasoning and mix in. Mix together the Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese.
  3. Layer ingredients in a 9x13 pan as listed; crushed chips, seasoned meat, and 2/3 of cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven, top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and the remaining cheese. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Ground beef will cost about 100 Baht, the Cheddar 180 Baht, and the Mozzarella 120 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Taco Seasoning.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chili Cornbread Pie

Chili Cornbread Pie
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Sounds really good and there is several shortcuts you can prepare to cut costs but this will increase the time needed to prepare this. I think the lower cost, knowing what everything is made off is a good trade off. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4-6 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chili Cornbread Pie
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Sounds really good and there is several shortcuts you can prepare to cut costs but this will increase the time needed to prepare this. I think the lower cost, knowing what everything is made off is a good trade off. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4-6 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cornbread Mix
For the rest of the Pie
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Prepare cornbread batter by mixing in the egg and milk, pour into a lightly greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake cornbread for 10 minutes then remove from oven, yes, it is not done, we will get back to that.
  3. Meanwhile, cook ground beef and onion in a medium skillet and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your liking. Once cooked through, drain fat. Add the taco seasoning and undrained chili beans and stir well OR If using the shortcut for the beans, add the beans and 1/2 cup of water. Continue cooking on a simmer and until starting to to thicken, then spread chili evenly over partially cooked cornbread.
  4. Combine sour cream and 1 cup of Cheddar cheese and mix well. Spread sour cream mixture evenly over chili. Start by evenly placing dollops on top of chili then the heat from the chili will make it easier to spread. Top sour cream mixture with remaining Cheddar cheese then continue baking for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve, top each serving with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and onion if desired.
Recipe Notes

For ground beef, figure 100 Baht/500 grams.Making the shortcuts, does take time, will save a lot. For 4 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, Taco Seasoning Mix, Chili Beans.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Taco Bake

Easy Taco Bake
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Sounds really good and a slow cooker recipe as well. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Easy Taco Bake
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Sounds really good and a slow cooker recipe as well. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, then drain off the fat and add the beef to your slow cooker, then to the slow cooker add the water, stock, taco seasoning, garlic, onion, and tomatoes, stir then cook on Low setting for 4-5 hours.
  2. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add your pasta to a pot of boiling water and cook until just tender and drain well. Stir the Cream cheese into the slow cooker until well blended. Then add the Cheddar cheese and pasta and mix that in, leave uncovered and cook on High setting for another 10-15 minutes to melt the Cheddar and heat everything through.
  3. Sprinkle the top with cilantro and serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams of beef, 180 Baht for the Cheddar (1 block of 250 grams), and 60 Baht for the 1/2 block of Cream cheese. For 6 servings this is about $1.67 per serving.

Shortcut: Taco Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.