Recipes: Tacos with Leftovers

This is another submission from Mama N from Austin TX — thank you Mama N!   This is a twist of an old favorite and very efficient with what you have leftover in your refrigerator – plus I can see the appeal with kids – anything “build your own” is a hit in our house.

Note from Mama N:  “Another one that we use quite a bit is taco night — but it is completely dependent on what you have left over — then you just use that plus 1 pound of ground beef cooked with a BUNCH of chile powder and a can of wolf brand chili (beans or no beans). We use taco night to get rid of whatever veggie or other thing we have in the fridge ;). Or, if doing from scratch we put a bunch of iceberg lettuce tomatoes mixed with vinegrette and shredded cheese on top. Of course, good salsa always helps too!”


  • leftover ingredients in your fridge
  • ground beef (1 pound)
  • chili powder
  • can of chili
  • salsa
  • lettuce, tomatoes, cheese (if no leftovers from fridge)
  • taco shells


  • cook meat and warm leftovers, add chili and seasonings
  • warm shells
  • prepare / cut / shred other ingredients (as required)

Prep time:   5 – 10 minutes (includes search time)

Cook time:  10- 15 min

Recipe: Chicken Soft Tacos

This recipe was submitted by “Mama S” from Orinda, CA.   Sounds yummy and beats Taco Bell any day of the week!  I also like it since you can deviate and use whatever your kids like or what you have on hand in your fridge or pantry.    Thank you Mama S!!!!!!!!!   Keep the ideas coming!   🙂

Chicken Soft Tacos


  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced up thinly (or ground beef or ground chicken)
  • tortillas, corn or flour
  • taco seasoning

Fillings:   any or all of the following

  • tomatoes, diced
  • lettuce, shredded
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • avocado, diced
  • cilantro, chopped
  • sour cream
  • pickled jalapeno peppers
  • black beans, refried beans


Cook the chicken for about 5 mins until most of it is cooked. Drain the fat if needed. To the pan, add about 3 TBSP of taco seasoning with 3 TBSP of water. Put back on heat and cook for another 5 mins.

If tortillas are very fresh, no need to heat them up. If not so fresh, microwave 20 sec for each tortilla. Add fillings as needed.

Prep time – 20 minutes
Cook time – 15 minutes


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