Frugal Friendly Chili
Who Doesn’t love a good crock-pot full of chili and Budget Friendly Chili at that?!
Just because you are living the frugal life doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some comfort food. In-fact, most of the comfort foods are budget friendly meals!
SO most of the staples for this I already had on hand. It was super cheap to make and would have only cost a few more $$ if I had to buy everything.
1 can kidney beans (I like light red) – drained and rinsed
1 can black beans- drained and rinsed
1 can northern beans- drained and rinsed
1 can tomato sauce (16 oz)
1 can diced tomato and green chilies
1 can chicken broth (can use veggie if vegetarian)
1 can corn – (drained)
1/2 medium onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 cayenne ( I don’t like spicy food so you can certainly add more)
1 tsp cocoa powder
Quinoa- I followed the directions on the package it made around 3 cups
add all of this to the crock-pot and put on low for 3 hours or high for 1.5 hours.
I cannot tell you just how amazing this meal was and it made a huge amount. YAY leftovers.. I will have lunch for a few days and I put some into the freezer to pull out at a later time. talk about a bang for your buck!
So, on hand I had the quinoa which I have had for a very long time I made it in a salad once and I was not a fan!! I thought by adding it to something very flavorful it could help mask the quinoa. This definitely did the trick it was thick and chunky as if there were meat it in but it was totally meatless. it also kept me full for hours.
I also had tomato sauce, carrots, corn, and spices on hand. Off to Aldi’s I went.. there I picked up the rest of the ingredients.
Northern Beans -.54
Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies-.86
Onions-1.49 (for a bag)
This bringing my total to $4.29!!
If you like this and want to see some more Frugal living tips check out my other post on how to ditch your credit card.
I’d also love to hear some of your budget friendly recipe’s so please comment them below.