To go along with my Taco Soup I always like to make fresh salsa, spanish rice, and sometimes even a taco salad. I'm not much of a chef so everything I make has to be EASY, EASY, EASY. These two “recipes” are just that (if you can even call them recipes!….)

I apologize that I don't have pictures for these. I'll make them soon so you can see the finished product. They are both beautiful, easy, and delish – a triple threat if you ask me 🙂

Fun Cheap Or Free Queen's Pico Salsa

Black Beans (drain & rinse) – Kidney beans work too, if you don't have black beans.
1 bunch fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 can White Shoepeg Corn (you can use regular corn, shoepeg tastes the best though)
1 can Diced Tomatoes (or 2C fresh diced) – use some of the juice from this

Optional ingredients:
Lime Juice
Red Onion
Red Pepper Flakes to taste (maybe 1-2t, not very much)

Mix all ingredients. Add lime juice and red pepper flakes at the end if adding them. Cool in the fridge for at least 3 hours so the flavors can mix. Serve, and enjoy! Try to eat as much as you can within a day, it doesn't taste as good on day 2 but still is fine. Not very good on day 3.

I got this recipe from my Aunt Alison. It's seriously gorgeous and tastes SO GOOD. I make this for parties all the time and people just gush over it. It's a gorgeous garnish to put on top of salsa chicken as well.

Fun Cheap Or Free Queen's EASY Spanish Rice
There's not even much of a recipe with this!
-I simply cook up white rice (about 2C uncooked) in a rice cooker or on the stove.
-Put the rice in a big pot or skillet on the stove with some hot oil.
-Add taco seasoning to taste and sort of “fry it” in the pan.
-I also like to add salsa to taste, about 1/2C, toward the end after the taco seasoning has been mixed in well.
-You can melt cheese on top if you'd like, or you can simply serve and enjoy!

Fun Cheap Or Free Queen's Taco Salad
There's not much of a recipe with this one either!
I usually like to add some or all of these ingredients:

  • ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, black beans, kidney beans, corn, red onion, green bell pepper, green onion, chopped olives, diced tomato, warm spanish rice (see recipe above), crumbled tortilla chips, tortilla strips, lime juice, cheese, cilantro….any taco toppings you like!

-Mix the toppings you like on a bed of crispy lettuce – iceburg tastes best. Make it look pretty by layering some toppings in a pattern on top.
-Another fun way to serve this is to warm tortillas in the oven in a pie plate until they are slightly crispy and shaped to the plate. Make the salad like a Cafe Rio salad; layer warm rice, refried beans, beans, then lettuce, then all other toppings you like. Eat the salad + tortilla.
-Salad is also delish when topped with my salsa recipe above.
-Mix a bunch of cilantro + a little oil + juice from 1 lime in a food processor until pureed. Take the cilantro puree and mix with ranch for a creamy, delicious dressing for this salad!
-You could also cook a few frozen chicken breasts or thighs in a crockpot with salsa on low for 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken, and put the chicken on the salad instead of (or with) the ground beef!

Make these with my easy taco soup and you'll have a CHEAP, easy, quick meal that your family will love…I promise!

Happy savings – and cooking – to you 🙂