Tex Mex Twice Baked Potatoes are so darn good that I ate them two days in a row! Yes, you read correctly! Big was out of town and I wanted an easy, filling and tasty meal. These twice baked potatoes fit the bill.
This is a great frugal family meal! The recipe that I am sharing with you is a vegetarian option. You could easily add ground beef or leftover chicken to it and up the protein count. I was happy with the black beans as my protein source. I don’t always want meat in my evening meal. This is not only for health reasons, but also for financial reasons.
Black beans cost just over $1.00 for a can (about 15 ounces) where as ground beef runs over $3.00 per pound and I have not seen chicken for much less than $1.50 per pound. Beans can be less if you purchase them dry and cook them on your own. Of course, if you use coupons and watch for sales, the price can vary.
I wish I would have jotted down the exact cost of this meal, and I promise I will begin to chart out the cost of my frugal family meals from now on. (I need to remember to save my receipts!) I am a fan of Aldi and purchased my baking potatoes from there. I paid less than $2.00 for a bag of about 6 very large potatoes. This brings the cost of each potato to about $.33 each.
- 4 Baking Potatoes
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained*
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded Mexican Cheese
- 1 can green chili peppers, drained
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bake potatoes in a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done.
- Cool potatoes for about 10 minutes and then cut in half long ways. Scoop most of the potato out of the shell and place it in a medium bowl. Leave about a 1/4 inch of the potato on the skin.
- Add the sour cream, 1/2 of the cheese, the drained chili peppers, salt and pepper and lightly mash. Add the black beans and stir until combined.
- Divide the mixture into 4 and fill the potatoes.
- Top with the rest of the cheese and bake for about 10 minutes until they are heated all the way through.
- *Can use any bean of choice. If you want to save more money, cook dried beans instead of using canned beans.
- 4 baking potatoes at $.33 each = $1.32 (Aldi)
- 1 cup grated Mexican Blend cheese = $1.25 (Kraft Brand)
- 1 cup sour cream = $.44 (Breakstone brand)
- 1 can black beans = $1.19 (Store Brand)
- 1 small can green chili peppers = $.99 (Store Brand)
- Total = $5.19
As you can see, some of the items I used were store brands and some were national brands. I use coupons when possible to bring prices down.
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