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Taco-dillas – $5 Dinner Challenge

Last Thursday was “Taco Night” at our house. (And turns out, it was at many of your houses, as well!) I made a double batch of my favorite taco meat…thinking I’d freeze some to have another taco night next month.

Instead, I ended up “repurposing” the taco meat into quesadillas last night!  Steve and I had the cheesy quesadillas dipped in sour cream…and the boys had “taco roll-ups.” I just rolled the taco meat up burrito style and then I challenged them to not let any of the taco meat fall out.

There were subsequently quite a few giggles at the dinner table last night!

Taco Quesadillas

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 5 to 10 minutes


  • 6 soft taco size whole wheat tortillas ($.73)
  • 2 cups leftover taco meat ($2)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese ($1.25)
  • Sour cream for dipping ($.20)
  • 4 corn cobs ($1)


  • Lay each tortilla flat on a clean surface.
  • In a bowl, combine the taco meat and cheese.  Place the mixture onto half part of each tortilla.  Fold the tortilla over and then warm the griddle, skillet or whatever contraption you have to make the quesadillas.
  • On a griddle or in large skillet, cook the quesadillas for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Press down with large spatula to get to “stick together.” Or use a panini press, waffle iron or quesadilla maker.
  • Slice into smaller wedges with pizza slicer.
  • Boil or microwave corn cobs.
  • Serve Taco Quesadillas with sour cream and corn cobs.

Cost $5.18