Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sarah's Kitchen - Easy Chili

A few days ago, I posted a blog about the Lopez Family Eating on a Budget. I got an incredible response via comments and email [and one facebook!] and now I will be posting follow-up posts intermittently, with one recipe from each that I have tried! The first recipe [chosen by Andy] was from Ms. Sarah. It was super *delish* and easy on the pocket book!

Ground Sirloin ($4.18)
Bell Pepper ($0.78)
Hunt's Tomato Sauce ($0.82) x2 cans
Onion ($0.89)
Bush's Chili Magic ($1.80)
[Our side was steamed Corn Niblets ($1.00/bag)]

Total Cost: $10.29

We were able to make four meals out of this [three for dinner and one for lunch], which amounts to $2.57/meal. We were fortunate enough to have the spices [chili powder, garlic powder] at home already, so we didn't need to purchase those items.

It was great that we didn't have to forego taste to eat on a budget! I can hardly wait to try our next recipe!

Below is the comment from Ms. Sarah that led to this delectable meal:

Easy Chili that is (in my opinion) Award-Winning

Chop up one green pepper and one onion.

Put chopped green pepper and onion along with about 1 to 1 1/2 lb of ground sirloin (sirloin makes it a bit healthier)altogether into a frying pan and brown meat.

2 - 15 oz cans of regular tomato sauce into approx. 8 qt pot on stove. Mix meat and veggies into tomato sauce, place on low heat.

Put in chili powder, garlic powder (about 2 tsp), onion powder (about 1 tsp), and black pepper to taste. You will use LOTS of chili pepper (about 4 - 5 tablespoons, maybe) and kind of a lot of black pepper. I usually cover the top of the ingredients with chili powder quite a few times while cooking. I throw a tsp of fresh garlic in when I have it.

Simmer/Low for 1.75 to 2 hours. Stirring every 15-20 mins. Do not boil.

Put in Bush's Chili Magic - Chili Beans Mild about 15 minutes before serving.

Voila! It's fab. Usually makes enough for a few nights. Heats up even better.

*Don't forget to drain the meat and veggies to remove extra fat!*


Jennifer said...

Sounds delish! Especially on a "chili" night like last night!!!

~Sar~ said...


I'm so excited... I feel, like, published or something.

Random, too, I just made it a few days ago.

NduguNStephie said...

I wish i liked chili.. b.c this recipe sounds good! Oh I need to give you my pulled pork recipe.. its easy! You just set it and forget it in the crockpot and it feeds an army!!!