Beef and Rice: Commissary Bargain Meal of the Week

Bargain Meal of the Week
I am so excited to be participating in $5 Dinner’s new feature, Bargain Meal of the Week. Bloggers around the country create a bargain meal based on their local store sales.

If you shop at the commissary you probably know their prices change every two weeks. Not only do sales run on a two week basis, but many of their everyday low prices change as well. Each Monday I will be posting a bargain meal, created from current commissary deals.

This week’s bargain meal is a beef and rice dish.

  • Ground beef on clearance for $1.50 a pound
  • Zattarans dirty rice mix $0.99 a box (There is a coupon book at the entrance of the commissary with a coupon for $0.75 off two.)
  • Pic Sweet Frozen Mixed Vegetables $1.09 for 16 oz bag
  • Cornbread make your own w/ this recipe or purchase the mix for under $.50 at the commissary

Brown the ground beef and cook the rice according to directions. Then mix the beef in with the rice mix to bulk it up.

Total cost 4 Servings $4.08 or $3.71 if you used the coupon.


  1. I love in the south so Dirty rice is a staple. Their Jambalaya mix is great too. I make it with either gr. meat, sausage or chicken whichever is on sale. Dirty rice can also be made with chicken or duck is my absolute fave if you can get it. My brother duck hunts so thats where we get that. Just some suggestions if you liked.

  2. THis is one of our favorite meals!!! I usually toss in some garlic salt with the meat and red pepper flakes while it’s cooking 😉 to give it a bit more zoom and then serve it in roasted pepper halves or with saltines and cheese! One of our favorite, favorites!

    I bet that we met in passing at BlissDom! 😉 or saw each other and just don’t realize it 😉
    Thank you for saying HI!

    I look forward to reading your more, and meeting you at BlissDom10 ? 🙂

  3. This is great! Thanks for doing the legwork for me to figure out cheap meals I can make from the commissary. Unfortunately, every time I go there, the meat is completely wiped out! It doesn’t matter if it is payday or not. I haven’t been able to buy fresh boneless,skinless chicken breasts for the entire past month and tonight all of the hamburger was gone! Then I have to make separate trips to other stores off base, but I still love my commissary!

  4. We have not had Zattaran’s in FOREVER. I love the idea of putting this in roasted peppers! That sounds yummy and I think my kids would gobble it up! 🙂

  5. Dh went to the commissary the other day to get some chicken breasts and they were gone, but he just asked the meat guy and they had some in the back plus he gave dh $1.50 coupons off of each. We got 13 pounds of chicken for $18!!

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