Burrito Cups

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 7, 2012

We’ve all seen (or had) the 7 layer dip cups to serve at parties. But what about dinner in a cup. Specifically, burrito dinner in a cup.

Sure burritos, require tortillas…but what if you can’t eat tortillas.

We have a kid who is currently off gluten (and a number of other foods) because of some chronic respiratory issues that are not being resolved with medication. Being the “aggressive, get to the bottom of it mother” that I am, coupled with the fact that one of his brother’s has other food allergies,we’ve decided to stick to mostly gluten free dinners. (And the GF diet seems to be helping him, yay!)

We find ourselves eating at Chipotle when we need a quick and inexpensive dinner out…and this is where I was inspired to make these “cups” rather than “bowls.”

When we had these for dinner the other night, I found less of a rice mess on the table. When rice in a bowl, or on a plate, it tends to end up all over the table and under the table. And stuck onto the chairs. But there was much less mess with these cups. I guess because the rice was easier to scoop out of the cup and not fall all over the place.

Yay for less mess!

And since the entire meal was served in the cups, there was less mess to clean up after dinner too.

Win. Win. Win.

I laid out all the ingredients as if we were having a taco bar. Then started filling cups!

Simple as that. Hope you enjoy these as much as we did (and will!)…

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Burrito Cups

Inspired by Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 50 minutes for the rice, none for assembling cups

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups cooked rice ($.50)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 2 cups cooked black beans) ($.59 from Aldi)
  • about 1/2 cup shredded cheese (omit for dairy free!) ($.40)
  • 2 avocados, diced ($1.98)
  • about 1 cup chunky salsa ($.99 from Aldi)
  • Cilantro, optional garnish ($.25)
  • Other burrito cup mix-ins ideas – taco meat (homemade taco seasoning), taco meat with beans, shredded chicken taco meat, sour cream, other favorite burrito fillings
  • Tortilla chips, optional

 

Directions

  • Cook the rice as directed.
  • Set out the black beans, shredded cheese, diced avocado, and salsa (along with any other mixins).
  • Spoon the ingredients into cups. Eat. Repeat.
  • Serve Burrito Cups, as is, or with tortilla chips. Or in tortillas.

Cost $4.71

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Alea Milham May 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

What a delicious and frugal alternative to traditional burritos! I am sharing my southwest quinoa salad this evening.

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Laura @ Frugal Follies May 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

That looks great! What a fabulous idea. I love the quick cleanup, too!

Thanks so much for the linky. Stop by and check out my cheap recipes and link up your money-saving recipes to Frugal Food Thursday. And I’ve linked your recipe to StumbleUpon!

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Elizabeth May 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

This is the same exact recipe as Oregon’s famous Yumm Cups (sans the Yumm sauce which makes it). Check it out! http://www.cafeyumm.com/

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Lisa Moore May 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

I am excited to try this. Pinned it and have seen that one person liked it and another 4 have re-pinned. Yay!

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Barbie May 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Thanks so much! This will help me. Am trying GF diet and I love the idea of a cup!

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Tiffany May 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

We made these last night – they were DELISH! My 6 year old LOVED them and thought it was super fun building his own cup. Thanks for yet another fun, delicious, and affordable dinner!

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Kim May 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

This looks so delicious. Will definitely be trying the recipe. New follower of your blog. Love it!

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Heidi Bartlett July 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Please send me recipes via email.

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OrGreenic August 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Glad to hear this type of diet is helping for your son. Thanks for the quick and inexpensive dinner idea. It seems like these burrito cups would be great to take on the go.

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Kari Parcell March 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

Hello,

I am a director for a non-profit that supports adults with DD. We run a daily lunch program and I am ALWAYS on the look out for healthy and inexpensive lunch ideas! We charge $3.00 for lunches here and they are always freshly prepared and wonderful, problem I would like to solve is the cost. I would like to keep our total meal cost under $2.00 per person so we can use the money we earn from the lunch program for programming materials, pizza parties, etc. If you have any suggestions PLEASE send them my way!

Thanks!
Kari

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Jessica September 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I love this recipe idea. If you are watching gluten, also watch your salsa brand. Some salsas contain gluten. Newman’s Own does not have gluten and I believe the Old El Paso brand does not either.

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