For whatever reason woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t fall back asleep so I made some chili.
I made what is a quadruple batch for L and I but growing up I think my Mom would have considered it to be a double batch for our family of four.
It’s a pretty basic recipe and there is just a hint of spice in the background because I am not a fan of things that are overly spicy.
I’m also working really hard at staying on a strict budget because I’m trying to save for the adoption costs so I was able to make this quadruple batch for $12! In the past I probably would have doubled the meat I used in the recipe but since there is plenty of protein in the beans I figured I’d save the $2 and only use a pound of meat.
Ingredients Note: I had two red bell peppers in the fridge that were getting a bit old so I diced them up and threw them in the pot the same time I threw the onions in. I figured it helped to add a bit of bulk since I was using less meat this time.
Note: I had two red bell peppers in the fridge that were getting a bit old so I diced them up and threw them in the pot the same time I threw the onions in. I figured it helped to add a bit of bulk since I was using less meat this time.
- Place large stockpot on medium heat. Spray lightly with cooking spray (I use Olive oil in a Misto sprayer.)
- Dice onion and throw in pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Add ground turkey. Add up to a tablespoon of Chili powder to taste. Cook until meat is cooked through. (If using a higher fat meat drain excess fat.)
- Add chili seasoning packet or powder to taste and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Divide meat mixture into 4 different bowls.
- Add one can if diced tomatoes to each bowl of meat mixture.
- Drain each can of beans and rinse with water (I like to think that this helps remove some of the sodium – also I like a thicker chili so I would drain them regardless.) add the beans to each bowl.
- Let cool. Then label a 1 gallon freezer bag and pour each bowl into its own bag. Lay flat to freeze (it makes more room for storage in the freezer by having quite a few large bags.
- To reheat just let thaw in fridge overnight or throughout the work day, place in saucepan or microwave safe bowl and enjoy!
I eat chili a variety of ways. Sometimes I top it with sour cream, shredded cheese and Fritos, other times I use it as a topping on a baked potato and sometimes I’ll throw in some noodles to make Chili Mac.