10 Authentic Texas-Style Recipes That Save You Money

10 Authentic Texas-Style Recipes That Save You Money

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Texas is known for its authentic rich culinary heritage, and there are many delicious and affordable recipes that can be made at home. This recipe roundup features 10 of our favorite Texas-style recipes, all of which are guaranteed to save you money.

So if you’re looking for a way to save money on home-cooked meals, be sure to give these recipes a try.

Instant Pot Charro Beans
If you have an instant pot then this Charro Bean recipe is for you, no soaking needed. Gather your ingredients: pinto beans, yellow Spanish onion, peppers, chorizo, olive oil, bouillon, canned tomatoes, and spices (onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder,  smoked paprika) as well as any optional ingredients as desired. 
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Charro Bean Soup
  • Instant Pot Charro Beans: This tasty dish is wonderful and served with corn tortillas it makes a protein meal that is budget friendly. Charro beans, also called cowboy beans, or frijoles charros are a true Texas staple. Frijoles charros are named after Mexican cowboys known as charros or vaqueros who often ate stewed beans from the campfire when herding cattle.
Mexican Street Taco
Flank steak or other cuts of beef of your choosing, a homemade marinade, sliced avocado, chopped onion, diced garlic, fresh sliced chili’s if desired, with your favorite spices are basic ingredients for street tacos. Your choice of flour or corn tortillas, layered on top of each other to cradle your favorite fixins’ topped with sliced avocado and lime juice.
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Mexican Street Tacos
  • Mexican Street Tacos: Meet Tex Mex’s cousin the Mexican Street Taco, typically two smaller corn tortillas layered on top of each other which allows you to eat them with one hand if needed. These tacos are equally good with chicken, fish, or chorizo bean and chorizo potato fillings!
Texas Tamale Soup
This no fail recipe is sure to be a winner! Our Texas Tamale Soup recipe is gluten-free. This easy tamale soup is tasty and nutritious. This recipe gives you all the taste without the hassle. It is great for feeding a crowd.
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Texas Tamale Soup
  • Texas Tamale Soup: You could make homemade tamales but if you do not have time then this is the next best thing. This Texas Tamale Soup recipe is gluten-free. *GF to make this recipe gluten-free, check the labels of the canned ingredients.
Easy Tex-Mex Beef Fajita Casserole
This creamy ground beef fajita casserole recipe is an easy-peasy, no fuss alternative to traditional fajitas and very tasty. You will still need a real ‘sizzling’ fajita fix occasionally, but when you get a craving, and have no time, this dish is sure to please. 
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  • Easy Tex-Mex Beef Fajita Casserole: What is a fajita casserole? A creamy ground beef fajita casserole recipe is an easy-peasy, no-fuss alternative to traditional time-consuming fajitas. I recently decided to make an easy casserole fajita dish that could be prepared and cooked in less than an hour. Check it out!
Mom’s Texas Skillet Cornbread
This old-fashioned cornbread recipe is gluten-free and made in a cast iron skillet for a crispy crust and a moist center. It's made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and it's sure to become a new family favorite. It's the perfect accompaniment to chili, soup, or a hearty stew.
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Mom’s Texas Skillet Cornbread
  • Mom’s Texas Skillet Cornbread: One of my all-time favorite gluten-free recipes is Mom’s Texas Skillet Cornbread. If you are looking for a delicious, easy-to-make cornbread then this recipe is sure to please! Nothing says comfort food like a slice of warm, homemade cornbread and it’s also a delicious and affordable option for a homecooked meal.
Texas Steak Rice
This versatile rice recipe is simple and takes very few ingredients. You can add or omit vegetables as desired. Top it with a little fresh parmesan and cracked black pepper for even more flavor. Serve with your favorite cut of steak. This versatile rice dish goes equally well with your favorite BBQ dish, other meat dishes, and even beans!
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  • Texas Steak Rice: Don’t let the name fool you! This versatile recipe goes well with just about any meat including chicken thighs and even beans making it a family meal money saver! Our copycat recipe of steak rice is served in one of our most popular Texas Steak restaurants. 
Easy Crock Pot Ranch Beans
These easy crock pot ranch beans are sure to hit the spot! Even picky eaters will love these ranch beans, so full of flavor and filling as well. Paired with a salad and cornbread there is nothing better for a nutritious family meal. These western-style ranch beans are a popular and economical food choice. This version is also gluten-free.
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crock pot ranch beans
  • Easy Crock Pot Ranch beans: Ranch beans are a type of bean dish that is popular in Texas and the southwestern United States. Ranch beans are a Western-style dish that evolved from the early cattle drives to feed the trail hands. These western ranch-style beans became a consumer staple in the form of a canned bean product in 1934. You will love our version of this iconic Texas dish. Our version is also gluten-free.
BBQ Potato Salad
This Texas-Style BBQ potato salad recipe is both savory and tangy with a slightly sweet taste, as well as gluten-free. Ever notice how BBQ joints have some of the best potato salad? We love this knock-off recipe for BBQ joint potato salad. BBQ joints all have their own spin on the potato salad. We think this combo (put together after tasting several versions) is a great addition to any barbecued meat. Our smashed BBQ potato salad recipe is sure to please.
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  • BBQ Potato Salad: This potato salad for BBQ is the perfect easy, gluten-free, smashed potato salad recipe to pair with your favorite BBQ meat. This Texas-style BBQ potato salad is a great side dish and when paired with ranch-style beans and your favorite meat you have a complete meal any Texan would be proud of.
Easy Cowboy Soup
Easy Cowboy Soup I have eaten various versions of this basic easy cowboy soup through the years and this is by far my favorite. It makes an easy, filling, no-fuss dish for any family meal. It has…
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Easy Cowboy Soup
  • Easy Cowboy Soup: This cowboy soup recipe provides a hearty, satisfying meal. This easy soup is both affordable and provides the nutrition your family needs. The entire family will love this comfort food. A Texas cowboy soup has always been a staple dish in our household. This easy version makes a great impromptu lunch or dinner. You cannot go wrong with this delicious, tasty, and nutritious soup.
Texas Sheet Cake | Ultimate Recipe
This is the best Texas sheet cake ever and it's gluten free! Texas sheet cake is a long time tradition in my family. This easy, crowd-pleasing recipe will not disappoint. This cake is soft as silk going into your mouth. This gluten free version is even better than the original Texas sheet cake recipe.
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Ultimate TX Sheet Cake
  • Texas Sheet Cake | Ultimate Recipe: Make any day of the week or make it a Texas Christmas for the holidays. This recipe is gluten-free and I really think this gluten-free version is even better than the original Texas sheet cake recipe. Top it with the icing and pecans if desired or sprinkle with white confectioners’ sugar, it is wonderful either way!

In Conclusion, 10 Authentic Texas-Style Recipes That Save You Money

In conclusion, these 10 authentic Texas-style recipes that save you money are just a few of the many delicious and authentic Texas-style recipes that can be made at home, without sacrificing taste or nutrition. So next time you’re looking for a way to save money on home cooked meals, be sure to give these recipes a try.

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Texas has a rich and diverse culinary heritage, influenced by its many cultures and ethnic groups. Some of the most popular Texas heritage recipes include barbecue, Kolaches, ranch style beans, chili, chicken fried steak, Dr. Pepper, skillet cornbread, tacos, pecan pie, and Texas sheet cake.

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