Veggie Tacos and Spanish Rice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 18, 2009

Y’all. Tonight’s meal is inspired by Big Mama and her love of obsession with Order Up and their veggie tacos! If you are ever in San Antonio, you have got to stop in! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Every meal is made from scratch, using fresh ingredients. It’s scrumptious, y’all!

(Thinking about TX and Big Mama makes me wanna say “y’all!” She’s got the cutest TX accent! Something I did not inherit, despite living there for 22 years!?!)

Y’all enjoy now, ya hear!



1 cup rice, uncooked ($.20)
1/2 6 oz can of tomato sauce ($.18) I will use the other half tomorrow night :)
1/2 – 1 tsp ground cumin ($.03)
Dash of garlic powder ($.01)
8 corn tortillas ($.40)
1 cup of shredded monterrey jack cheese ($.75)
2 green bell peppers ($1.36)
4-5 mushrooms ($.50)
1 onion ($.40)
2 tsp olive oil ($.10)
1 avocado ($.68)
1 tsp lemon juice ($.02)
2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.02)
Salt, to taste

1. Cook 1 cup of rice in 2.5 cups of water. Bring water boil. Add rice. Return to boil. Add other 1/2 can of tomato sauce. Add seasonings. Cover rice and simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Cut bell peppers, onions and mushrooms into strips/slices. Saute in olive oil until vegetables are tender. Stir often.
3. Place tortillas open on a baking sheet. Top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until all cheese has melted. Remove from oven, top with sauteed vegetables, roll up and they are ready to be served.
4. Make homemade guacamole. Slice open and remove seed. Scoop out flesh from avocado. Smash with fork. Add crushed garlic, lemon juice, and salt (to taste). Other optional mixins: 1-2 Tbsp Rotel, 1-2 Tbsp sour cream.
5. Serve veggie tacos topped guacamole and a side of Spanish rice.

Cost $4.65

Print this RecipeI’m sharing this recipe over at Gayle’s Recipe Swap at Grocery Cart Challenge.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Janelle February 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

GREAT strike-out there!! ;-)


Elder Family February 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I’ve been wanting to make Mexican rice and had no idea how. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be fixing this soon.


Anne G. February 19, 2009 at 3:51 am

Y’all take take a gander over yonder :) I inherited big time! Hope y’all are doin’ well…….


Your Frugal Friend, Niki February 19, 2009 at 10:02 am

Oooh, sounds yummy! I feel a boomark comin’ on!



Laura February 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

MMMMMM…. this is right up my alley! I LOVE veggies!!!


Shannon February 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for answering my question so quickly. If these are for four people (say 2 adults and 2 kids) how much would you do for 2 adults, 2 boys who eat like adults and two kids? Would you triple the recipe?


Jessica February 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

That looks delicious. Thanks for another wonderful frugal meal idea!


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