Beef Enchiladas with Fiesta Rice

I will be the first to admit that this weeks Publix sale is less than desirable.  I have a feeling that I will be hitting Winn Dixie for groceries this week.  So, in honor of all of you who are saddened by the lack of deals I am cooking from my stockpile.

I pulled every ingredient for this meal either out of the pantry, freezer, or fridge.  I didn’t make a special trip to the store, or anything.  I was so proud of myself.  I can come up with the best meals out of necessity some times! I will be doing an entire post on stockpiles tomorrow.  You guys are motivating me to organize my shelves.  You get pictures and all.

Now, just like most of you I take help where I can when I cook!  I am not pretending to be something that I am not here.  I did use a box of Old El Paso Enchilada Dinner kit.  I, of course, doctored it up!  I bought the kit BOGO with a coupon not that long ago.  It cost me a fraction of what the tortillas, seasoning and sauce would have cost if I bought them separately.  It just makes sense to use the boxed kit.

I don’t know if it is still on, but there was a show on the Food Network called Semi Homemade.  She used to take store bought things and turn them into fancy meals.  I love doing that.  It is so nice to take short cuts when you can!

So, here is this weeks meal deal.  Pictures and all.  Plus, I am including printable coupons after the recipe so you can snag some of these items cheaper this week if you need them!

Beef Enchiladas

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 can refried beans
  • 1 box Enchilada dinner kit
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Toppings

I followed the directions on the box except I mixed it up a little bit!  :)  I used half ground beef and half refried beans!  I like the taste better!

I even had the ground beef precooked!  When I buy ground beef I typically buy it in bulk!  I precook some of it into crumbles for tacos, burritos, or sloppy joes!  Makes dinner even faster to get on the table!

You could also just use re-fried beans if you are trying to keep it vegetarian!

I seasoned it with the seasoning packet just the same as if it was all meat!

I stuffed the tortillas, topped them with enchilada sauce and cheese.  Then, I baked it at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.

Fiesta Rice

Fiesta Rice Printable Version

  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Can Ro Tel Tomatoes with lime & cilantro
  • 3 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 of a medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons oil


In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add in the fresh garlic and onion. Saute for 1-2 minutes until softened.

Add in dry rice. Stir for about 5 minutes until rice becomes a golden brown color.

Add in broth and canned tomatoes.

Stir it up and bring to a boil.

Once it starts boiling, turn the heat to low and cover. Let it simmer for 20 minutes and fluff with a fork.

*You can substitute a can of regular diced tomatoes if you don’t have the RoTel tomatoes.

Final Meal

Oh…yum!  Oh, almost forgot! If you would like my guacamole recipe you can find it HERE!

Meal Deal

Like I said! This is a total stockpile meal!  Here is what we have.

Ground Beef $1.99/lb (I try to never pay more than this for ground beef)

Old El Paso Enchilada Kit (Bought it BOGO with coupons a couple weeks ago)

  • You can get $1/2 Taco Bell Kits Coupon HERE

Rice ( I buy this in bulk…great money saver)

Canned Tomatoes ( I used RoTel because I bought them for a recipe contest)

  • You can get $1/1 Muir Glen Coupon HERE (Makes free Tomato Sauce!)

Chicken Broth (Bought BOGO last week with coupon..Paid pennies for 2)

  • You can get the $1/1 College Inn Broth Coupon HERE (Use zip code 19422)


  • Sign up for the Publix Baby Club to get great Coupons!  I just got $1 off produce and $1 off meat in mine!


  • Several Kraft Cheese Coupons HERE

Not a total, but a ton of coupons to save you if you need to buy these items this week!

Stockpiling is a great way to have groceries on hand when the grocery store sales aren’t so hot.  See my post tomorrow on stockpiling, How to get started, and the best ways to store items!


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  1. steen says

    loved the idea of pre cooking ground beef into crumbles. I always make meatloafs, hamburgers and freeze them, but never thought to just cook, drain the oil and freeze crumbled meat.

    You recipe while extremely tasty I am sure , has enough sodium for and entire day for 4 people.

    a can of refried beans, a can of RoTel, ElPaso dinner Kit, plus more. Be careful is my advice, excessive sodium intake is the #1 cause of hypertension {high blood pressure} #2 cause being genetics/heredity. and of course hypertension is the leading cause of cardiac ailments. So be careful !

    For me and my family, I would use a Can of no salt diced tomatoes {hunts} a can of refried beans as a side , no fat low sodium cheese, NO WRAPS… on the table will be no salt chips on the side for scooping, and a can of enchilada sauce mixed in sparringly for seasoning it. There is plenty of salt that using no slat or low salt products doesnt make a difference.
    thats just a healthier alternative IMO. my version cuts the salt by half or more.

    But thanx for the idea of frozen crumbled meat {in an air tight wrapper/bag/container}

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