Grocery List - Part 1

Let The Fiesta Begin!

The other day my mom called and let me know she was heading to the grocery store and asked if I needed anything. As we were chatting I told her about some of the recipes Ben and I had been making and how easy and cheap they were! I said I would send her a grocery list with the ingredients and FaceTime her to show her how we make some of these epic dishes. Super simple, does not involve a lot of cooking, great on a budget and lots of flexibility to add things that are already in your fridge or pantry. I’m not a huge fan of eating the same meal back to back so we try and use the same ingredients and make small changes to create different versions or meals with them. The grocery list I sent my mom included the following ingredients ( * means optional).


Grocery List

  • Rice
  • Black beans (Canned)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Corn (low sodium)
  • Salsa
  • Lime
  • Avocado
  • Block or shredded cheese*
  • Tortillas
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Taco seasoning
  • Nacho chips
  • Tortillas
  • Green onion*
  • Cilantro*
  • jalapeños*

Remember you can use this as a baseline and substitute ingredients based on dietary or preference.

Helpful Hints

Because we are trying to limit the amount of times we go to the grocery store each week and produce can go bad quickly try the following helpful hints

  • Purchase Lime juice in a bottle rather than fresh lime
  • Keep your tortillas in the freezer
  • Pick avocados that are at different ripeness levels so they all don't  ripen at once
  • Order an avocado container online (See below). This will help keep your avocado or guacamole fresh


To begin I make our corn / bean mixture. This will be the foundation for every meal. If you don’t like sweet potatoes, you can omit them from the recipe.

  1. Rinse beans / corn
  2. Wash sweet potatoes and cut up in to ½ inch cubes
  3. In a frying pan over medium heat add olive oil and sweet potatoes
  4. Once the sweet potatoes begin to soften add black beans, corn and taco seasoning
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes until seasoning becomes fragrant
  6. Move it aside and let it cool

Meal #1 - Quesadillas

  1. Put 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture in a tortilla. Option: Add cheese and jalapeños
  2. Pan fry on med / high for 3-4 mins or bake in oven for 15 mins ( or until crispy) . Flip half way through to ensure even bake on both sides (be careful not to spill the beans when flipping… pun intended haha).

To serve:

Cut into triangles and serve with salsa or guacamole. You can also add green onion or diced tomato on top.

Meal #2 – Burrito Bowl

  1. Cook rice (or quinoa) and put in serving bowl
  2. Heat corn / bean mixture and add to rice
  3. Dice tomatoes and avocado and place on top

To serve:

Add salsa, hot sauce, lime, cheese, green onion, jalapeños and cilantro

Meal #3 – Taco Salad

  1. Wash and chop lettuce
  2. Add corn / bean mixture on top (you can heat up your mixture or serve it cold)

To serve:

Add diced tomatoes, avocado, salsa, crushed up nacho chips, jalapeños and cheese.

Meal #4 – Nachos

What ever you have left from the above… layer and lather! I like to layer my cheese and taco seasoning, and always add lettuce to the top of my nachos to give it a fresh element.


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