Saturday, October 22, 2011

Chili Tacos

One of my favorite ways to use up Chili is to make Chili Tacos, which is a tried and true family favorite. 

My grandmother used to make tacos this way when she was raising her family, and my Mom made these tacos when I was growing up, and now I make them for my family. 

My favorite way to serve them is with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes on top. I'm serving these for lunch today, but only have cheese on hand for toppings, but they will still be delicious.

This is just an example of doing without something. If I went to the grocery store to buy lettuce and tomatoes, I know I would buy more than those two items. 

Plus I would have to drive five miles to the grocery store and five miles back home, which would end up costing me $1.50 in gas. Better to do without, stay home and save the money instead.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:


12 corn tortillas (or 3 per person)
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
lettuce, chopped
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Vegetable Oil


Heat the Chili on the stove top until piping hot.
Lower the heat on the chili just to keep it hot.
In a separate skillet, pour about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in skillet and heat well.
Using tongs, place one tortilla in the hot oil and fry both sides.
Place onto a dinner plate.
Add one or two spoonfuls of chili onto the top of the tortilla.
Repeat the last two steps until there is a stack of three tortillas on the plate and then add enough chili to the top tortilla to cover all the tortillas.
Add cheese to the top of the chili.
Add other toppings as desired.


© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2011-2012.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”


  1. Do you make these as individual servings or one big "taco" for the family?

  2. We usually make one plate for each person and vary the amount of tortillas to the appetite. I like more tortilla than chili because I like the taste of the tortilla.

    A small child would be unable to eat 3 tortillas and would most likely only to be able to eat half of that, so you could just cut it down to one of two tortillas for smaller appetites.

  3. Thanks, Belinda. I wasn't sure if you made a stacked casserole type dish a la lasagna and then cut it up to serve or if it was on a smaller scale, just on individual plates. The first scenario, I suspect would be really messy!

  4. You're welcome. I should have explained it better. :)

  5. Oh, that sounds delicious! I'm definitely going to try this; I make a lot of chili and this is a nice variation on the leftovers.

  6. Glad you think so, Pam. :) We feel the same way...definitely something different to do with chili. :)


Thank you for visiting Frugal Workshop.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...