Looking for ways to stretch your grocery budget? Try these ideas for 3 Days of Meals From One Pot of Beans
Cooking from scratch using dried peas and beans is just one way to stretch your grocery budget. It doesn’t have to be boring food that no one looks forward to though.
To achieve these 3 Days of Meals from One Pot of Beans, you will need to cook a big stock pot full of pinto beans on day one. I used 2 lbs. of Pinto beans.
Pinto Beans & Cracklin Cornbread
We will cook 2 lbs of pinto beans.
It is necessary to sort through dried peas and beans to remove bad ones and believe it or not an occasional rock might show up. After sorting, rinse well.
Add washed beans to a large stock pot or dutch oven and cover completely with water. Season to taste. I always use ham pieces to season dried peas and beans
Bring to a boil, stir well and turn down to a lower heat to simmer. It will take several hours for the beans to be tender.
Beans soak up a good bit of water while cooking. Also, you want to create pot liquor which is the delicious liquid the water becomes in the cooking process so be sure to keep the beans covered with water during the cooking process.
Once the beans are done, dip out about one third into a storage container. Let cool and refrigerate. These are for our Day Three meal.
We are preparing an old southern favorite for our first day which is simply Pinto Beans & Cracklin Cornbread.
Serve your pinto beans in bowls with Cracklin Cornbread and you will enjoy an old southern budget stretching meal.
Download, Print or View our Pinto Bean Chili recipe here.
Beef & Bean Burritos
- Remaining beans from refrigerator cooked on day one.
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning
- 1 can diced tomatoes & green chilies such as Rotel
- 1 lb. ground beef browned and drained.
- 1 pkg. Flour tortillas
Add first four ingredients to a large skillet, bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Turn down to low and simmer about 20 minutes.
Stuff your tortillas and roll.They are ready to eat but they are just a little bit better with our next step which is optional.
Place rolled tortillas seam down into an oven safe dish. Top with shredded cheese and pop into 350º oven just until cheese melts. We don’t care for the hot sauce so we top ours with pico de gallo which comes from the produce section of the grocery store.
And there you have it, 3 Days of Meals from One Pot of Beans.
Day One: Pinto Beans & Cracklin Cornbread
Day Two: Pinto Bean Chili
Day Three: Beef & Bean Burritos
Be sure to consider the large variety of dried peas and beans available at your grocery store. They are great for saving on the budget and very versatile for the menu. Check out our Hopping John recipe. It’s not just for New Years!