With the rising cost of living, aren’t we all in need of some budget friendly recipes? With humble, fresh ingredients lots of Mexican dishes can be surprisingly easy on your wallet. Everything from recipes with fewer ingredients, to leftovers recipes and vegetarian meals on a budget, we’re here to help! It’s time to Be Clever, Shop Smart and Waste Less.
GRAN LUCHITO MEXICAN’S BEST
on a Budget
We’ve collected together the best budget-friendly Mexican meals to help you stick to your budget. In terms of money saving tips, the ingredients are pretty basic, and you may already have them in your cupboard and fridge. See below for our top 3 favourite meals to ease the cost of living. Every little helps!
Batch cooking is the way forward when you’re thinking about a money saving challenge. Buying food in bulk can really help because you’re taking advantage of deals and discounts so it’s much cheaper than buying small amounts often. Therefore, some planning ahead is needed!
Also if you don’t have time to cook every day, batch cooking is a great way to make sure you have healthy meals ready when you need them. The idea is to cook up a large batch of soup, stew, or enchiladas and then freeze up portions to defrost and eat a couple of weeks down the line. If you do this weekly, there will always be a stash of home cooked meals in the freezer for the week ahead.
Leftovers can be amazing, and we’re all for it! Sometimes dishes taste even better the next day anyway, so don’t waste any food and keep it in the fridge to have the next day for quick lunches.
Our favourite leftovers recipes have to be our Mexican Omelette, Fajita Bowl and Tortilla Wrap Hack Luchito Style. The beauty of these is that they are customisable as to what you might have leftover in your fridge.
Going vegetarian for a while is certainly one way to help you stay within your budget. Meat is expensive, and protein substitutes such as beans, mushrooms, halloumi and jackfruit as well as endless veggie options can be great replacements.
Just remember to not always shop organic or at Wholefoods! Consider growing your own herbs, and a good rule of thumb to remember when going vegetarian and keep things interesting is ‘a grain, a green and a bean’!
Here are all of the recipes that we’d recommend making when you are on a tight budget. Feel free to substitute the ingredients for anything similar you might have instead, for those recipes that might be more versatile, like tacos! Scrambled Eggs, Cheese Quesadilla and Refried Bean Burrito probably have the least ingredients, and will certainly help save those pennies.
Chicken Quesadilla recipe with a homemade Chipotle Mayo using Gran Luchito Chipotle Pasteis unbelievably moreish. Shredded roast chicken, melted cheese, Soft Taco Wraps with fresh Pico de Gallo and guacamole.... See full recipe
Double Decker Tacos are unique in that they feature not one, but two tortillas stacked together to create a double layer. The bottom tortilla is a soft flour tortilla, while the top tortilla, acting as a shell, is a hard corn tortilla.... See full recipe
Experience a delightful twist with pan-fried chipotle turkey mince combined with sliced avocado, spring onions, and chipotle salsa. If you haven't tasted turkey mince before, it offers a refreshing alternative and boasts numerous health benefits!... See full recipe
A deliciously tasty Mexican twist on a classic omelette! We combine eggs with caramelized onions, coriander, grated cheese and some of our hero product Chipotle Paste!... See full recipe
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Mexican Meals on a Budget
See below for our frequently asked questions about these Mexican meals on a budget. Ask any questions you like in the comments section of the recipes! To learn more about authentic Mexican cooking check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.
Is mexican food cheap to make?
Mexican food tends to be quite budget-friendly to start with, as many staple ingredients are naturally low in cost. So you can enjoy delicious homemade Mexican food even on a tight budget.
why are mexicans stores cheaper?
Mexican grocery stores have incredibly reasonable prices for all their products. A Mexican brand of hot sauce or peanut butter costs much less than their American counterparts. In addition to cheap meat cuts, you will also find food that is already prepared and packed for you, which is extremely convenient.
How do you eat healthy on a tight budget?
Beans, grains, some fats, milk, and eggs are all very healthy foods that are inexpensive sources of key nutrients. Planning your meals ahead, shopping with a list, buying frozen veggies, cutting costs with coupons, and growing your own herbs and veg are ways to eat healthily on a budget.
How to feed a family of 4 on a budget?
Learn to cook from scratch, go for wholesome, high nutrient ingredients, shop by special deals and not by a meal plan, batch cook and freeze leftovers, minimise snacks and soft drinks, and grow your own food!