Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Taco Kits

Tacos are a staple at our house.  We have tacos once a week.  It is the one night a week that I can please everyone and no one goes to bed hungry. 

I make "taco kits" to keep in the freezer since we eat them so often.  (I am big on freezer meals. . . I like to have something ready to go when I get home from work. . . perhaps already in the oven on a time bake!)

This can also be a very economical meal if you watch your sales.

When cheese goes on sale, stock up.  You can store cheese in the freezer and it thaws beautifully.  I like to shred my cheese before freezing.  I also buy the bags of pre-shred since they occasionally go on sale for $1.25 apiece.

I store the cheese in the freezer and make my kits when ground beef goes on sale.

Start with ten pounds of ground beef.  Cook it, drain it and season it to your family's taste.

Let cool and divide into ten (less or more, depending on your family's size) quart sized freezer bags.

In a gallon sized freezer bag, put a stack of tortillas.  I put fifteen in for my family.

Into another gallon sized freezer bag, put your beef, tortillas and a bag of shredded cheese.  Remove as much air as possible and seal.

Freeze.

I put a taco kit in the refrigerator the night before we want to eat it.  The night we have tacos, the beef gets put in a bowl and microwaved until hot.  The tortillas can be heated for ten seconds in the microwave.  The cheese thaws out nicely in the refrigerator and you can't tell it's been frozen.  Pair it with some beans, fresh vegetables and salsa and you have a great meal!  The two gallon sized bags can be reused but you should toss your quart sized bag since it held meat.



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