Thrifty Recipe Idea: Thick and Hearty Chili

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Looking for a thrifty recipe idea? Thick and Hearty Chili is one of our favorite cold weather meals, and we love to make a nice big pot of it and feast on it over a couple of days.  It’s a really thrifty dish too, with most of the items probably already in your stockpile! If you buy Zaycon Fresh ground beef like we do, it is a nice dish to use that beef in.

Thick & Hearty Chili

1 pound ground beef – browned, drained and rinsed

2 green peppers, seeded and chopped

2 medium onions, chopped

3 tablespoons chili powder

3 – 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes (flavored if you wish)

1 small can of tomato paste

1 large or 3 small cans of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (more if you like more spice)

2 cans kidney beans

Directions:

Boil the onion and pepper until just tender;  rinse.  Add to the browned beef, with chili powder, and cook for 1 minute on medium heat.  Add all the other ingredients except the kidney beans.  Heat to a boil and simmer about 1 hour.  Add the kidney beans and stir.  You can continue to simmer for another couple of hours (I like to keep mine simmering on low for a good portion of the day).

We serve ours scooped over with corn chips, with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese.  It is also yummy plain or with crackers. Enjoy this thrifty recipe idea and if you have a favorite, share it below.

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