Mexican Fiesta Dinner – Guest Post

I had the pleasure of sitting with Liz from Hoosier Homemade at dinner when I was in Nashville!  She’s the real-deal!  And she’s got a fabulous dinner to share with us tonight…complete with dessert too!

Cooking a special dinner for my family, including 3 teenage boys, is one of the things I love to do. Trying to keep our grocery budget down, can sometimes be a struggle, especially when I want to create a meal with a main course, side dish, dessert and a special drink.

This Mexican Fiesta fits our budget perfectly.

For the Main Course, I made this Southwest Vegetarian Bake. I will have to admit, I wasn’t quite sure how this dish would go over in my house full of teenage boys. In fact, when my husband asked what I was making, and I told him Vegetarian, he kind of groaned at me, but later had a second helping. Adding beans and rice to the dish not only kept the cost down, but also gave us good nutritional value (even if I did use white rice)

Ingredients for Southwest Vegetarian Bake

  • 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice ($.33)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed ($.68)
  • 1 can (11 oz) Mexicorn, drainer ($.59)
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies ($.55)
  • 1 cup salsa ($.48)
  • 1 cup sour cream ($.40)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded ($.52)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion (didn’t use)
  • 1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained (didn’t use)
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded ($.52)


In a saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until tender (or cheat and make instant rice like I did :) )

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except onions, olives and Mexican cheese. Transfer to baking dish, sprinkle with onions and olives.

Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese, bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

Total cost for Southwest Vegetarian Bake  $4.07 to make a full recipe, I froze half because it made tons, making the cost $2.04. I served it with a side salad, cost $.56

Note: This dish would also make a great dip and you could make some Homemade Tortilla Chips to go with it, for a yummy treat.

Ingredients for Apple Enchilada Dessert

  • 1 can (21 oz) Apple Pie Filling ($.60/used half a can)
  • 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas (.48)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ($.50 for sugars and margarine)
  • 1/2 cup water


Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto tortilla and then spoon fruit evenly, sprinkle with more cinnamon, roll up tortilla and place seam side down in baking dish.

Combine margarine and sugars in a saucepan and bring to boil on stovetop, reduce heat and simmer for 3 mintues. Pour over tortillas, sprinkle with more cinnamon.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serve whole or cut in half for 12 servings, add some Ice Cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for a yummy presentation.

Total cost $1.78 including ice cream.

Note: This dessert was really good, it would also be good with raisins added to the apples or even cherry pie filling.

For our special drink, I served, a simple Sangria type drink, Kool-Aid mixed with Sprite. ($.25)

We all enjoyed this Mexican Fiesta, it will definately make it onto my monthly menu plan in the coming months.

Total cost for our special dinner $4.63 and we had some leftovers.

Liz is a SAHM of 3 teenage boys and happily married for 20+ years. She shares lots of homemaking tips including her love for baking, cooking and decorating. She hosts the Cupcake Tuesday blog carnival with lots of cupcake creations.

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  1. kelly overend says

    Hi ladies. Going to make this tonight. I actually just finished making my own apple pie filling because I couldnt find any organic or low sugar variety at my grocery store when I went looking but they did have bags on apples for very cheap. So, since i made my own filling and it is very juicy do you think I should still pour the sauce down over the top when i finish making this tonight? I did mix in some cornstarch to my batch of apples.


    • says

      @kelly overend, This apple dessert is so good, i’ve started eating it for breakfast. the first time i used apple sauce, the 2nd i baked up my own apple. it is so good i can’t get enough of it, tastes better than apple turnover! so glad you shared your recipe with us!

  2. Alicia French says

    I have used this site for about a month now and have loved every recipe. This one was no exception! My husband (who is not a Mexican fan) Told me it “was tasty” Which to him is the highest compliment. I used Mexican stewed tomatoes instead because the ones with green chilies are a little much for us. I used the dessert meal and had leftovers for breakfast tomorrow. We have cut our budget down to about $320 a month (food, diapers, wipes, paper products, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies) using meal planning and prepping and also recipes from this sire at least 3 times a week. (We are a family of three and that is all meals)

  3. Melissa says

    We made this a few weeks ago & it was an instant hit!!! I made it for dinner & my husband had accepted a dinner invite from some friends. While waiting for them to pick us up to go to the restaurant we couldn’t stop eating it from the pan! We even tried to throw our forks in the sink to be “done”…nope we just got another one out of the drawer! It is sooooooooo good! Even our 4 year old who can sometimes be a picky eater loved it!! I’m making it tonight for the same friends who we went out with that night…this time I’m adding chicken!!

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