Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chef's Frugal Wife - Taco Pizza

As most of you know, Drew is a talented and amazing chef. And, well, we eat pretty well. Not only at the restaurant, but also at home. And if I put my mind to it, I can make a pretty mean meal. But at home we do not have an overabundant kitchen filled with anything you could possibly want for a tasty meal. It just isn't in our budget.

So, I have made a vow to myself and to my family that I would try a new recipe once a week that is delish, but won't break our wallets. I will post each week (hopefully) my creations and let you know where I got the supplies and how much everything cost. Even if it gives one person an idea for a delicious frugal dinner, I will be happy!

So here is my first attempt at being "Chef's Frugal Wife"


We enjoyed this Friday night and let me tell you it was AMAZING! Drew raved about it all weekend (always makes me feel good when he likes what I cook!) So enjoy!


1 pkg pre-made pizza crust
*I bought it at Wal-Mart. You can get 2 crusts for $3.00. Save the 2nd one and make a regular pizza later in the week. It also come with pizza sauce.

1 jar of cheese conqueso dip
*Bought it at Aldi's for $1.49. Only used half

1 pound of ground beef
*It was on sale last week at Hy-Vee for $1.88. Stock up on these deals when you can and freeze it!

Taco Seasoning as desired
*You could buy the individual packets for $.89 a piece, OR you could buy the huge shaker of it at Wal-Mart for $3.50 and it will last you forever. We bought one a few months back and have used it at least 10-12 times. Definitely worth the money if you make Mexican food at home a lot!

1 pkg of shredded cheese
*Wal-Mart $1.79 and we didn't use all of it

2 Tomatoes

*Wal-Mart $.65

Half a head of lettuce
*Wal-Mart $.69

Onion (if preferred)

*Wal-Mart $.78

Nacho Cheese Totilla Chips
*Now you could use Doritos, but that would throw your frugalness out the window. I used the Nacho Cheese Chips from Aldi's. I think I like them better!! $.99


Heat the oven to the specified time on the pizza crust package. I can't exactly remember the time.

Brown the hamburger as you would for tacos and then add the seasoning

Spread the conqueso over the crust

Spread Taco meat over pizza crust
*we had a little left over, so I put it in the fridge and Jules and I had nachos as a snack with it the next day.

Spread shredded cheese over the beef

Bake for 12 minutes (or as indicated on crust label)

Cut the pizza when it comes out of the oven. I made the mistake of trying to cut it once all the toppings were on. Not smart and a litte messy.

Dice the tomatoes, onions and cut the lettuce

Spread over top of pizza

Crumble up the chips while they are still in the bag and pour over pizza

Serve with taco sauce and enjoy!!


Nikki said...

Good idea to post your recipes! What restaurant does Drew work at? I'd love to get together with you sometime. :)

Angela said...

YUM!!! That looks really good!!

Mrs. W said...

Okay so when the thought of actually cooking doesn't make me run to the bathroom, I'm definitely going to make this! It looks amazing! :)

mrsmarkdave said...

wow this is really a great idea and could prove to be helpful to someone like me who doesn't cook AT ALL.I wish I did but I know how to make very little.