French Dip turns into Crisp Meat Burritos ~ Piggy Back Meals

01/01/2012 2:00 pm · 9 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

One way to save money is to cut down on food waste.  My family does not always like left overs so sometimes I will make “piggy back meals” … these are meals that are able to use leftovers, but give them new life in a different recipe or meal plan.

IMG_1059For example this week I make a small  beef roast into French Dip sandwiches,  (for recipe click here)  But we ran out of the dipping sauce.  Which left me about 3 cups of shredded beef.

I then took the 3 cups of shredded beef, chopped it up real good added a can of refried beans, and a dash of hot sauce.

Stirred it all up till it looked like a nasty brown ball of muck …lol.

Then I rolled them into small  burritos.  You know kind of like the ones you buy at Taco Time… But they call them a Crisp Meat Burrito and charge you $2.25 🙂

I fried mine in a skillet with a bit of olive oil… but you could bake them in an oven as well.

Finished product is a totally different taste, and look (which keeps the menu plan new and fresh, and the budget happy)

What are your favorite meals to Piggy Back?

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Angela
Angela

roast beef is the most versatile meal in our house.....first night the traditional roast beef carrots and potatoes, 2nd night, steak tacos, and 3rd night, beef stroganoff........I buy large roasts when it it b1g1 at albertsons and love to have them for my to go meals when it is going to be a busy week..sunday I cook the roast and then all week, we have most meals that can be done in less than 30 min

Kayla
Kayla

Leftover pork roast, we just thru things together and it was awesome. Sliced the roast into thin slices. In a skillet we put onions with chicken broth with water and put the pork roast slices in to warm it up. Then when aboout done we put mixed pork gravy with all of it. It turned out great my daughter even loved it she wanted seconds and that was a shocker. We used the gravy over the potatoes. Ist is definelty going to be cooked again and again.

Cryssi
Cryssi

I buy bone in chicken when it's 39 cents a pound. It's sold in 10 lb packages then. I'll boil it with seasonings and veggies to make chicken broth. First night, we'll have chicken and noodles or chicken and dumplings. Second night, shred some chicken for chicken enchiladas. Third night, last of the chicken will be chicken alfredo.

DAwn
DAwn

I like to take left over roast beef, pork or chicken and turn it into enchiladas!

Helen in Meridian
Helen in Meridian

My mom made roast beef rolls. She would run the left over roast beef thru the Kitchenaid meat grinder and out comes roast beef worms. You make a batch of bisquick and roll it out. Butter the bisquick, and sprinkle garlic or garlic powder on it. Sprinkle your roast beef worms all over the inside and roll up jelly roll style. I cut it with dental floss into rolls like cinnamon rolls. Bake using your bisquick temp on cookie sheet until golden brown. I serve with gravy.

Leah
Leah

Thanks for the idea. I have a roast out now for the week. I love your site!

Maria
Maria

Left over ground taco meat......I make taco salad, nachos topped w/ the meat, put the meat into spaghetti sauce , taco pizza, taco burgers.......for the taco salad- a layer of tortilla chips, lettuce, meat(add salsa to the meat mixture), shredded cheese, top w/ sour cream.....that's our favorite way....

Tonya
Tonya

Oh yum!! I would run out of dipping sauce on purpose just to make these. They look & sound much better than Taco Whatever to me!

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