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Stretching the grocery dollars....continued 
Jan. 24, 2010 4:45 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2010 5:29 pm
To go along with that wonderful carnitas, (Simple Carnitas)one must have beans, rice and salsa.  A trip to Cardenas Market was in order.  The prices at the mexican markets in our area are amazing, especially produce.

Refried Beans, Without the Refry.  Dry pinto beans were .50 a pound, so I stocked up. 

Tomatillo Salsa Verde Tomatillos were 3 lbs for .99 

Salsa Verde  by Share Bear is as authentic as it comes.   Delicious.


Spanish Rice Bake  5 lbs of rice was $2.50  but I will use some of the carnitas instead of ground beef.   

Pueblo Green Chili Stew The Green Chili Pork Stew is excellent and goes a long way. 

Pork Stew in Green Salsa - Guisado de Puerco con Tomatillos : is similar to the above Pueblo Green Chili Stew, but if you have already made the Salsa Verde and cooked the carnitas this is a very fast throw together meal.

Shredded Pork Green Enchiladas  I will be using some of the salsa verde to make enchiladas, taquitos & tacos.   100 corn tortillas were $2.47, I will use some and freeze some in packages of 12 or so. 

Jerres Black Bean and Pork Slow Cooker Chili , although it calls for tenderloin the shredded carnitas work very well in this recipe. 

Slow Cooker Posole with Pork, is a great filling meal with lots left over for lunch.

Pork and Green Chile Casserole is a healthy and filling meal.  Also great for left overs. 

Pico de Gallo is always delicious.  This recipe is close to how I make it, but I use a lot more tomatoes.
Pico de Gallo

So there you go, at least 7 dinner and left overs for plenty of lunches as well.  Remember the carnitas freezes well so if you can find a heck of a deal on a big cheap cut of pork, GO FOR IT.  Meals for the week for pennies!

Green Chili Pork Stew. Delicious!
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Shredded Pork For about $7.50
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Simple Carnitas - cooked whole.
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Refried Bean, Without the refry .50 including the chili pepper.
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Tostada's 24 pre cooked tostada's for .99, beans, carnitas, avocado (3 for a $1.00) grated cheese, s
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Tomatoes, limes, garlic, apples, jicama. $2.12
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Jan. 24, 2010 5:10 pm
It all sounds really yummy!
Jan. 24, 2010 5:11 pm
I love going to the mexican market! I always spend more than I planned =) You should try me arranchera steak recipe sometime!
Jan. 24, 2010 5:13 pm
It all sounds wonderful!! Great buys!!
Jan. 24, 2010 5:16 pm
ShareBear. I have a load of Skirt Steak in the freezer so it will be on the menu soon.
Jan. 24, 2010 5:18 pm
LS, the deals on produce are amazing! Cilantro, 3 for .99, brown onions 3 lbs for .99 A bought a bunch of chili peppers for pennies.
Jan. 24, 2010 5:48 pm
i always stock up on and freeze both corn and flour tortillas at the mexican store. i rarely buy snack food anymore (too expensive). i mostly pop my own popcorn(from the amish store) for snacks or if i really want chips and dip i make the Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe from this site and then bake up some tortilla chips. can't wait to read more about Penny Lane (love that movie, BTW)
Jan. 24, 2010 5:50 pm
Wow, those are great prices! What a pretty soup too...
Jan. 24, 2010 5:56 pm
Mi$$drea: I was at Albertson's and 24 corn tortillas were $3.79. I got 100 of them for less than that. Amazing!
Jan. 24, 2010 6:05 pm
Cookin' Fool....that soup is really good. I use the pork stock instead of buying stock. A really great meal for pennies!
Jan. 24, 2010 7:04 pm
I would kill for a good mexican market! Anyone know of one in Iowa :)
Jan. 24, 2010 11:22 pm
OMG! SO tasty and cheap too boot!
Jan. 24, 2010 11:43 pm you have any ethnic Asian market is full of deals too. Love the Farmer's markets as well.
Jan. 25, 2010 7:00 am
I am so jealous of those prices! Food looks great!
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