It finally feels like fall here in Memphis, Tennessee. There’s a chill in the air, and chili in our soup pot. As mentioned previously, each time that I cook, I want the recipe to yield enough food for two dinners for me and the Husband. If there’s more leftover to put in the freezer, that’s even better! So, here’s my strategy to stretch my chili recipe (and those dollars & cents!) as far as possible while still putting a delicious, easy meal on the table.
What you’ll need:
1 cup frozen, chopped onion (10 for $10 at the Kroger, y’all!)
1/2 cup frozen, chopped bell pepper (10 for $10, again.)
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 packet of Lawry’s Chili Seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder (We really like garlic at our house.)
1 can of petite diced tomatoes
1 can of kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 can of black beans, rinsed & drained
1 pkg of frozen corn (Yet another lovely 10 for $10 find!)
1/2 cup of water
Heat a pan to high-medium heat. When hot, add the onions and bell peppers. Saute until soft. Add the garlic, stir for one minute. Garlic burns quickly, and let’s be honest, burnt garlic is no bueno. Then add the meat. Once the meat is done, drain the grease into an appropriate receptacle*, then return the meat to the pan.
Add the Lawry’s Chili Seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, corn, and water. Stir and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or more. I’ve been known to leave mine on the stove from the Pie’s dinner time at 5:00pm until we get finished with bath/bed time routine at 6:45pm. Just be sure to keep an eye on it so that you don’t burn your house down.
Serve hot. We like our chili over rice with plenty of cheese. Cornbread, too, if I really have my act together.
*I vividly remember the first time that I ever cooked ground beef. It was the fall of 2000 and my sophomore year in college. We were at the Delta Delta Delta house at Millsaps College cooking chili for the 1st Annual SAE Chili Bowl (super fun event, by the way). I cooked 20 lbs of ground beef and poured every drop of grease straight down the kitchen sink. It turns out…this was not the appropriate way to dispose of grease. I still haven’t lived this one down. Please do not try this at your home. Also, if you’re out of dishwashing detergent, using Dawn in the dishwasher is not a good choice. I learned a lot in college.