Friday, February 20, 2015

Mexican Feast Under $10

I have 8 people coming for dinner and everyone loves Mexican food, so I thought I would share how to put a feast together for under $10.

Beef Enchiladas
Spanish Rice
Refried Beans
Chips & Salsa

This is a wonderful meal to make ahead and it can all cook in the oven at the last minute so you can relax and enjoy your guests.

You can see my recipe for enchiladas in this post -

Spanish Rice - This will become your family's all time favorite.

Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of oil to bottom of large pot, then add 2 cups of rice.
Cook on med. high, stirring frequently to brown and toast the rice.  This is important as it gives the dish a nice nutty roasted flavor.

While that is toasting, get all the other ingredients together.
1/2 yellow & red pepper diced
1 cup onion diced
1 tbl. minced garlic
1 can fire roasted garlic diced tomatoes drained
4 cups chick broth.

Toast until you see some pretty brown color on the rice.

 Add the peppers, onions and garlic.

 Stir well and cook until onions and peppers are soft and translucent.

 Stir in the drained can of tomatoes.

 Add the 4 cups of chicken broth

 Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

 Check bottom of pot to make sure all the liquid is absorbed, if not turn off heat and leave pot on stove to finish absorbing the liquid.  When done, fluff with fork, transfer to a pretty oven safe dish.

45 minutes before you want to eat, put the enchiladas, rice and refried  beans in the oven at 350.
Refried beans - you can take the lid off and top with some grated cheese at the last minute if you like.

While everything is in the oven, pull out that tossed salad you made ahead of time and get out the fritos.

When I browned the meat for the enchiladas, I scooped out about 3/4 of a cup and mixed in a tsp. of taco seasonings with a few drops of water and a little of the meat drippings.   Heat this up in the micro, mix in the tossed salad with a couple of handfuls of Fritos and you have the most delicious - -

Taco Salad.

Set out your - Salsa, Guacamole, Chips and some Hot Sauce.  Gather everyone together and enjoy.  This is definitely going to be a great feast.

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  1. Pinning, thank you Marty. Who doesn't love easy, good tasting Mexican?!

  2. Yes, I have pinned as well. Sounds like a delicious recipe for the whole family. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Looks really yummy Marty, something my whole family will love for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This looks like an Italian like me can make an impression on my Texas friends! Thanks, Marty!

  5. Marty this sounds soooooo good!! We love Mexican food too!

  6. Everything looks so good!!!


  7. Marty, This looks wonderful! And I am pinning it. Thanks for sharing the recipe at Share The StyLe party.

  8. Oh this looks soooooooo yummy!!! My mom used to make rice like that and she would put partially cooked bacon strips across the top and pop it in the oven and then added some grated cheese. Of course that makes it Italian/Spanish rice!! Adding red kidney beans sometimes too.......makes me hungry!!!

    Has anyone noticed that on all the blog parties, there are very few decorating and tablescapes........but, a TON of recipes??? Is it this winter that has turned our minds to food, or maybe, it's just me??? hugs.....

  9. Your rice has beautiful color Marty and I bet it tastes great! Gonna add roasted tomatoes to my shopping list:@)

  10. Oh my gosh, that looks delicious, Marty! With the gluten free tortillas I have found, I am going to have to try this.

  11. Thanks for linking up at our Pretty Preppy Party! This sounds so tasty... and for $10?!?! I'm on my way over now! :)

  12. Love recipes on the budget that can feed the crowd! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things, hope to see you again!

  13. This looks like an amazing meals and especially for the price! WOW! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. This looks delicious! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  15. Marty, this is awesome! Thank you so much for including so much detail here and for sharing your recipes. It's wonderful to think that you can feed a crowd (very well, it appears!) for so little money.

    Thanks for sharing this at Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week! :)

  16. This looks so good, Marty! Congratulations for being featured over at "Grace At Home" blog party for your thrifty Mexican dinner!