1 cup cooked rice: 7 cents
Refried beans: 88 cents
Tortillas: 13 cents (Flour - 7 cents, Baking powder - 2 cents, Salt - 1 cent, Oil - 3 cents, Water -0)
Total cost for ingredients besides sauce is $1.08
Sauce is 20 cents to make so the total cost is $1.28
I don't know how to make good corn tortillas, so I used flour tortillas for this example.
(If you want to save even more money, you can make your own refried beans or use a can of pinto beans and mash them up in a food processor)
Now, let's look at the recipe for the enchilada sauce. This is the best enchilada sauce I have tried from scratch so far. But, some of the ingredients aren't things that you may have on hand, so I tried it with substitutions and it still tasted fine. I used:
2 Tablespoons of canola oil instead of the other kinds of oil:
2 Tablespoons of flour (I actually added slightly more, about a teaspoon more)
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 Tablespoons of ketchup instead of the tomato paste, since ketchup is more common
2 cups of water instead of the chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar because it is more common
I figured that more people would have the substitutions on hand, in addition to cutting the cost, so that is why I tried it with substitutions. The total cost of the sauce using Walmart prices is:
Oil: 4 cents
Flour: 1 cent
Chili Powder: 4 cents
Cumin: 3 cents
Garlic Powder: 2 cents
Oregano: 2 cents
Ketchup: 2 cents
Water - Free
Salt - 1 cent
Vinegar - 1 cent
Total cost: 20 cents MUCH Cheaper than buying the enchilada sauce in the store and is easy to make!
Total cost to make the recipe using substitutions is $1.28 which gives you 2 enchiladas each for four people or only 32 cents per person.
Using your own recipes, figure out ways that you can cut costs!