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Taco ‘Taters – $5 Dinner Challenge

Last week before our spontaneous camping trip (more on that tomorrow), I was on a mission to clear out the fridge and use up items from the pantry and freezers. And come Friday night, there wasn’t much left to choose from. I went digging in the freezers and I found the a bag of my favorite taco meat, some shredded cheese…and then pulled out the potatoes from the cupboard…using those we didn’t need for the campfire hobos, and I made this.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure it was going to work. We really enjoy Chili Topped Potatoes, so why not try it with taco meat on top instead of chili. I was nervous. I was.

But we really enjoyed it!

The kids had them cheeseless and didn’t complain one bit. And the ONLY thing I would do differently next time is use shredded Pepper Jack cheese for some extra kick. If I’d had any on hand, I’d have used it. But the cheddar was just fine!

Taco ‘Taters

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 1 hour for the potatoes,  10 minutes for the corn,


  • 4 large or 6 medium potatoes ($.75) Yay for a potato sale last week!
  • 2 to 3 cups leftover taco meat ($2.50)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese ($1.25)
  • Corn cobs, or other vegetable side dish ($1)
  • Butter ($.10)


  • Bake the potatoes, or cook them in the microwave if you are short on time.
  • Add the taco meat on top, then sprinkle cheese on top and microwave or run under the broiler to melt the cheese.
  • Boil the corn cobs or prepare other vegetable.
  • Serve Taco ‘Taters with buttery corn cobs.

Cost $5.60