Freezer Burritos

On our camping trip our friends brought these yummy smelling pre-made burritos and just heated them up over the fire in a pan.  Their boys ate them on up with sour cream and I was feeling jealous.  Despite having a perfectly grilled burger in my hands I was coveting their burritos.  Of course I had to ask her for the recipe.  Hooray for technology because we can just tell our friends “it is on my Pinterest” and they know what you are talking about.

I couldn’t resist looking it up when I got home and I found the recipe for Freezer Burritos.  This recipe gives you measurements to use pre made refried beans and enchilada sauce or, my preference, make your own from recipes they gathered.  The enchilada sauce is the best I have ever tasted and I can’t wait to make more soon.  The refried beans were so much cheaper to make than buy.  This whole thing took so much longer because I wanted to make it all myself but I couldn’t resist.

So in total it yielded 20 burritos for the freezer and about 2 cups of extra mixture (enough for 6-8 more burritos) that I set aside and made a bean dip out of for the tortilla chips I had leftover from our camping trip.

With the ground beef on sale, the pinto beans, making my own chicken broth, buying the chili powder in bulk, shredded cheese, and locally made flour tortillas it cost $8 for those 20 burritos.

They passed my taste inspection but The Girls were not totally pleased by them.  They aren’t big fans of Mexican inspired food like I am.  My Husband Extraordinaire does not like beans so he has yet to try them.  That is fine.  It gives me quick lunches for myself on days when The Girls are having PB&J’s with that peach jam I made.

Do you stock homemade and easy to heat up foods in your freezer?

The Challenge

The Challenge: Can our family of 4 eat 3 meals a day plus snacks, 7 days a week on only $60/ week? That is $8.57/day for all five of us.  Or $2.14/person per day.  When my son Mr. Picky is here we stick to the budget as well, this reduces it to $1.71/person per day.

The Reason: We took a loan to cover closing costs on the sale of our home.  Being huge fans of Dave Ramsey we wanted to pay the $7,800 off as quickly as possible.  We have always been pretty no-frills with the rest of our budget.  We have no credit cards or car loans, we do not subscribe to cable, none of us have expensive hobbies, and I also recently broke my fancy coffee habit.  The only place that we had an excessive amount of waste and needless spending was in our food budget each week.

Who We Are:  am Shea, I am 28 and my biggest jobs are raising The Kids and being a frugal homemaker by staying within our budget.  Michael is my Husband Extraordinaire, he is 30 and he works full time and comes home to be the Daddy Jungle Gym and Official Dishwasher.  Mr. Picky is Alexander, 8 3/4, his job is to play video games and critique my cooking.  The Girls are Amelia, 4 3/4, and Annabelle, 3, their jobs are to make messes, eat plenty, bicker, and be sweet little darlings.

Fun Family Facts: Our income is around the median family income for our area.  We recently moved to Oregon from San Diego.  Michael has a Bachelors of Science from Embry Riddle.  I love to knit and I dye all of my own yarns.  We have been married over 6 years and we have recently taken up running together for exercise.  We started this challenge at the beginning of December 2012 and we will continue for the foreseeable future because it has become a fun challenge.