stockpile meals: taco rice

To me the hardest part of all this coupon shopping by far is trying to figure out what the heck to make for dinner.

I am a planner, and I like to cook, so back in my pre-coupon days, once a week I would sit down with my recipes, figure out what we were going to eat all week, and then make my list.  These days, in order to maximize my coupon savings, I make my shopping list based only on what’s on sale.  Figuring out what we’re going to eat comes later.

Sometimes we just order pizza.  (Those $5 Hot & Ready’s from Little Caesars are just too tempting.)

But getting my stockpile back in order last weekend has finally inspired me to work a little harder at coming up with delicious dinner ideas using the items I have on hand.

Because what is the point of saving all this money on food if we’re not going to eat it?

And chances are, if I’m having this problem then some of you are too.

Do I smell a series?

As a matter of fact, I do, and this week’s installment smells a lot like tacos.

It’s Taco Rice.

One of those necessity-is-the-mother-of-invention meals.

And at the risk of tooting my own horn, it rocked!


1 box low-sodium Zatarain’s Black Beans & Rice

1 pkg frozen vegetable protein crumbles (like Boca or Morningstar, or use 1 lb. lean ground beef)

1 pkg. low-sodium taco seasoning

1 can corn, drained.

1 can Rotel or diced tomatoes, drained.

olive oil

sour cream


1. Prepare Zatarain’s according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in pan over medium-high heat.  Brown “ground beef,” then add taco seasoning with 1/2 cup water.  Simmer for several minutes, then add corn and tomatoes (if desired).  Reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally.

3. When rice has finished cooking, let stand for 5 minutes.  Add corn/beef mixture to rice mixture.

4. Serve with sour cream and salsa to taste.

So easy.  So fast.  So good!

What are your favorite stockpile meal ideas?

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  • Stephanie Cobb January 22,

    I LOVE taco rice! It was a staple when I lived in Okinawa Japan! It was a Japanese junk food just like cheeseburgers and pizza is to Americans! Only their version was even more simplified and would also work well for using up stockpiled items!

    Japanese Taco Rice
    White sticky rice (or brown if you have it on hand to use!)
    taco meat (already prepped and hot) dump on top of your rice
    add cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, etc….

    YUM! I think this will be on our menu for this next week :) I love that you used the zatarains in yours though as I bet that was super tasty! You could also just add black beans if you had those on hand with plain rice!

    • Ruth January 23,

      Yum, I love the idea of adding all the taco fixins on top! Thanks for the great idea–I’ll have to try that next time. I didn’t know taco rice was a real thing!

  • Abby Farnham January 22,

    A fellow blogger gave me a recipe for refried bean soup or black bean soup and it was DELICIOUS! And the best part is I was able to use so many things in my pantry.

    1 can spicy refried beans (i used regular fat free)
    1 can black beans
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can corn, drained
    1 can of chicken broth
    1 pkg of taco seasoning…or more depending on how hot/spicy you like it!
    1/2 cup of salsa (or more, just eyeball it)
    1 small can chopped green chiles

    Basically, you just dump it all in a pot. Stir it up really well till it’s all mixed through, and then heat to a boil. Be sure to stir while boiling or it will stick to the bottom of your pan really bad…only boil for a few minutes depending on how thick/soupy you want it. Then reduce the heat and continue to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Honestly–the most time consuming part of the entire thing is stirring up the stupid refried beans! That’s it though! :) It is good on it’s own, or you can serve with some cheese, tortillas, sour cream…whatever you want :)

    • Ruth January 23,

      Thanks for the recipe, it sounds delicious & I think I have all that stuff in my stockpile too! :-)

  • olenka January 23,

    Okay.. You just helped me figure out what was for dinner tonight!! Thank you

    Have the same problem here.. I love my stockpile but sometimes (okay all the time) I get stumped on how to make it work!


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