I had planned on making ground beef tacos tonight, but realized I didn't have any sour cream (and both of us like sour cream on our tacos). At first I thought I'd just make them, sans the sour cream, but then I went excavating in my fridge and found...
1 Fresh Express Salsa! Salad Kit (lettuce, salsa-sour cream dressing, salsa, tortilla strips, and grated cheese): bought on sale, $1.50
2 frozen boneless skinless chicken breast halves: from a large bag from Costco that was $17 for about 17 pieces, so $2.00
1 pack of storebrand flour tortillas: free from my inlaws, but would have been $2.29 if I'd bought them. I used 6 of them, so let's say $0.70
1 pack of grated cheddar cheese: free from my inlaws, but would have been $1.99 if I'd bought them. I used about half the package so $1.00
Taco seasoning (pennies, since I buy it in bulk and used maybe a tablespoon)
Minced garlic (pennies, since I used 1 Tbsp and it was out of a huge 48oz jar from Costco, bought for $3.49)
Olive oil (pennies, since I used about 1 Tbsp and it was out of huge bottle from Costco, bought for $7 or so)
TOTAL COST: $5.20-$5.50, for two people, and there will be enough for at least one of us to have lunch tomorrow.
Defrost chicken breasts
Sprinkle chicken breasts with taco seasoning
Put about 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet
Add minced garlic to oil
Heat oil until the garlic starts to sizzle
Add chicken and sear on both sides (about 3 min per side)
Cook chicken until it is done through (will vary depending on the size of breasts, but I did mine about 15 min)
Remove chicken to cutting board and either slice or shred
Heat tortillas in microwave
Layer in dressing, chicken, lettuce, cheese, and salsa in whatever order works for you. You could also add other toppings such as onions, olives, guac, etc., though it would increase the cost. (But if you have stuff on hand that has to be used up, why not?)
These were fabulous and used things in the fridge that might otherwise have gone to waste -- the salad was going to go out of date in a day or two. And cheap! I even got a coupon in the salad bag for $0.55 off my next Fresh Express Salad Kit and $1.00 off a bag of chicken or steak strips. I may not be able to stumble on the salad kits at that killer price all that often, but when I do, I'm making these again :)
I'm sure these would also be good with ground beef or beans, depending on what you had handy.