Taco Soup
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, when browned and just cooked through, drain most of the fat off, not all, that is flavor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, simmer for at least 30 minutes, but for a great soup, simmer about an hour with the lid at a slight angle.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost if making the shortcuts. Spend some time and make the shortcuts, the result is a dish you made, not simply heated from canned items.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn, Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Chili Beans, Tomato Sauce.

Variants: These can be anything, think about how you make a taco, make it your own. 1. Use fried corn in place of canned corn. 2. Use Chili Beans in place of kidney beans. 3. Use roasted, seeded, and diced chilies in place of Rotel.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Mexican Deviled Eggs
Mexican Deviled Eggs
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I like hard boiled eggs and I love deviled eggs, so this sounds really good. On my to make list. Although this is low cost, there is shortcuts for even greater savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Mexican Deviled Eggs
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I like hard boiled eggs and I love deviled eggs, so this sounds really good. On my to make list. Although this is low cost, there is shortcuts for even greater savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the cooled and peeled eggs in half, remove the yolks to a medium mixing bowl and place the whites on a serving tray or plate.
  2. Mash the yolks with a fork then add the cheese, mayo, sour cream, chives (or spring onion), just 1 1/2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning. Mix together.
  3. Spoon or pipe the mixture into the egg whites.
  4. Dust lightly with the remaining taco seasoning and sprinkle lightly with cilantro. Chill in the fridge until you serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled quail eggs for tiny versions of this recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Stephen Special
Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Pasta
For the Remaining Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling then cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  2. While the water is heating for the pasta and for the pasta to cook, go ahead and heat a large non stick pan then add the bell peppers, onion, and ground beef, when the beef is good and browned, drain, then mix in the taco seasoning and add the drained tuna and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are wilted and softened. Remove from heat and mix into the drained pasta, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm the milk until it is simmering then set it aside.
  4. In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it turns light brown in color and has a slightly toasted aroma, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the dry mustard.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat then slowly whisk the warm milk into the flour mixture. Continue whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. (The mixture will become very thick and then thin out gradually until it is smooth.)
  6. Return the pot to the stove over medium-high heat and cook the mixture while whisking constantly until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and reduce the heat to medium. Whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until they are melted and the cheese sauce is smooth.
  7. Add the pasta mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to mix together and heat to warm everything through, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this after I make it, but for now will say low cost.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Provided by Stephen Story and the original recipe is here.

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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