Cooking on a Budget: Easy Burrito Bar For Weeknights

Cooking on a Budget: Easy Burrito Bar For Weeknights

Easy on the budget and a family favorite is the Easy Weeknight Burrito Bar! Did you know that burritos are not only a favorite but also an affordable option for dinner anytime. They even make an affordable option for a meal for a last minute dinner party. I ran across this Burrito Bar idea on the See Mom Click blog and wanted to share it with all of you because of its big flavors and little price.
Burrito BarAt home when I do taco or burrito night, I like to use cute serving platters that are easy to clean. I picked up a couple sectioned plastic platters recently at the dollar store that are perfect for serving all the burrito toppings that everyone loves and they are easy to clean. As a rule, check the dollar store from time to time for cute kitchen serving pieces that don’t break the bank!
The recipe below is just a guide for a great burrito night, you can add or remove your favorite burrito toppings, salsas and sides. This recipe does not include meat but you can add chicken or ground beef to the dish easily. If you are in a time crunch, you can easily pick up premade taco meat in the deli section of your grocery store near the prepared sides.
  • Burrito shells – make sure you warm them for 40 seconds in your microwave.
  • Lettuce (I use romaine) – pre-wash and chop it to speed everything up
  • One Tomato, diced
  • Red onion, diced
  • Avocado, mashed for guacamole
  • Canned corn, washed and heated (for one minute in your microwave)
  • Canned kidney beans, washed and heated (for one minute in microwave)
  • Rice (Use instant rice to speed up the process)
  • Shredded cheese of your choice
  • Any other ingredients you’d like: black olives, salsa, etc.

Prep all burrito ingredients and place them into serving pieces or on plates or big serving platters.

To make the preparation process easier, while chopping the veggies heat up the microwaveable items in the microwave. For example, drain the can of corn, place in a bowl and then warm the beans. Multitask all the way through the prep time and you’ll have the entire meal on the table in 15 minutes or less.

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