Frugal Friendly Chili

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!

Who doesn’t love comfort food? Just because you are frugal does not mean you will miss out! Try my frugal friendly chili.

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.

Kidney Beans-.54

Northern Beans -.54

Black Beans-.86

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.


  1. Malissa // Quotation Re:Marks

    Omg I never thought of adding quinoa to chili before! That is brilliant! The whole recipe looks delicious and super thrifty! 🙂

    1. Post author

      thanks Malissa! The quinoa makes you full and the spices take over the weird taste while the beans take away from their texture. Much more pleasant to eat! For me anyway 🙂

  2. Casey the College Celiac

    Nothing better than a tasty dinner that’s also budget-friendly. I love three bean chili but have never made it myself…thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Post author

      Thank you Casey, this was definitely a favorite that I will make again.

  3. Bryce Rae

    Many people out there need to learn to eat on a budget. It puzzles me how you often hear in the media how takeaways are cheaper…..YEAH RIGHT !!

    1. Post author

      UGH they are not less money they are just more convenient. sticking to a budget essentially means a meal plan and that’s where things can get messy! Thanks Bryce, I think you just gave me a new blog topic 🙂

  4. Tiffany Meiter

    I love when I can make a big batch of something like this and have left overs! It not only saves time but money as well in a lot of cases.

    1. Post author

      Yes! I froze about half of this and will pull it out in about 2 weeks 🙂

  5. Karen G

    I haven’t made chili in a long time. I usually think of it as a fall/winter meal, but it sounds yummy. Still cool enough here so chili.

    1. Post author

      I love a meat free chili in the summer its lighter and filled with veggies. You can really add any veggie to the mix, squash would be a great addition.

  6. Dawn

    This sounds wonderful! Think I’ll try it tonight. Glad I happened by (through FB Blogger Insights). Dawn at

    1. Post author

      Thank you Dawn. you will not regret it!

  7. Susan R

    I’ve got a cold right now and I could do with some comfort food like chili con carne! I’ve not seen it with cocoa powder in before but that’s a nice addition

    1. Post author

      OH no! Susan I hope you are feeling better soon. yes the Cocoa powder takes away from some of the spice, i’m not a huge fan of spicy food 🙂

  8. lex

    the word chili is nice to my ear/hearing so is it also when it comes to meals that have chili, so yes i will be trying this soonest, i hope i get it right at the end though. good share. resourceful.

    1. Post author

      Thank you Lex, I am sure you will enjoy it. stop back and let us know 🙂

  9. Anna nuttall

    I hasn’t made chilli for a really long time – maybe cause last time I made it waay to hot! This sound really nice and perfect to have as comfort foods. xx

    1. Post author

      Thank you Anna, the Cocoa cuts down on the spice so if it is every too hot for you try adding a little 🙂

  10. Amber Myers

    Oh yum, this looks amazing. I just love chili. I’ll have to make this soon.

    1. Post author

      Thank you Amber, yes this is one of my favorites.

  11. Leah

    This sounds great, I have always wanted to make chili, but have just never gotten around to it. Pinning in the hopes of making it one day soon!

    1. Post author

      Leah, sorry for not replying earlier for some reason you got stuck in my Spam inbox 🙁

      This is definitely worth pinning for later 🙂

  12. andrea

    This sounds amazing and it’s full of REAL healthy sources of protein. Thanks for sharing going to add this to my meal plans.

    1. Post author

      Andrea, sorry for not replying earlier for some reasons you got stuck in my Spam 🙁

      Yes this is packed full of protein! Another great addition is to try putting some summer squash..that was an idea from a previous comment and it is very good!

  13. Candice Townsend

    Cheap and it will taste good? Ok, I will try this one out! Thanks and will let you know when I make it.

    1. Post author

      Candice yes! that;s why i love this one its easy to make and a favorite. thanks for trying it out im interested to hear your response.

  14. Dawn Limbu

    I love shopping at Aldi! Always super cheap. This chilli sounds great, good for having lots of leftovers for lunch/dinner.

    1. Post author

      Yes Aldi is amazing!!

  15. Krysti

    This looks so delicious! Definitely saving this recipe! x

    1. Post author

      Thank you Krysti, you will not regret it 🙂

  16. interNationalcaty

    One of my favorite meal is chilli. This is a great recipe and I sub it with vegan beef.

    1. Post author

      ohh nice! I’m not vegan nor vegetarian but I do like to have a meatless meal here and there. 🙂 i’ll have to try the vegan beef, I have had it once in tacos and it wasn’t bad at all!

  17. katriza

    Yum! I love chili! I love that this is simple and inexpensive to make! I can’t wait to try it!

  18. Diana

    This sounds wonderful! Think I’ll try it tonight because, I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Post author

      Let me know how it goes for you Diana 🙂

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