Chili is just plain ol’ awesome anytime of the year. I found that I can make a lighter version and still not miss out on any flavor. I add a little bit of everything including odds and ends in this recipe, so hang on and here we go!
I would like to also add that I do not own any fancy cook ware of any kind. Just regular “Joe” sort of stuff and it works just great.
$10 Dollar Chili
2 lbs. 90% lean Ground Beef
2 Tbls. Olive Oil
1 Large Yellow Onion
6 large cloves of chopped garlic
2 cans of Black Beans
2 cans of Red Beans
1 small can of chopped Green Chilies
4 Cups Diced Tomatoes
2 Cups Wheat Berries
Assorted spices like salt and pepper to taste. Cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and cocoa.
|Place 2 T. of olive oil in the pot and add 90% lean ground beef. Begin to brown. This beef was only $6.00. It was the last day the meat could be sold. Yes I bargain shop for beef.|
|While this is cooking, I chop a nice large yellow onion. Yup it was strong and I cried a little, but my tastebuds thanked me later. I also love fresh garlic. So in the pot went a few cloves, as well. Ok, so maybe there was more than just a few cloves of garlic. It’s good for you, I promise. I tossed all of this in and let it cook right along with the meat. Let the flavors marry. At this point a generous tablespoon of Kosher salt was added. Now we’re cookin’!|
|I don’t like to waste time either. While the beef and onion mixture is not quite cooked through, I gathered all of the rest of the team. The next steps are in no particular order, and yes, chilli should always be suited to your tastes! I like a medium heat myself.The beef was so lean that there was no draining needed, so in goes the beans, and the small can of chopped green chilies. Then at least 2 heaping tablespoons of Cumin, and 2-3 huge tables spoons of New Mexico chili powder (makes it slightly smokey and full of flavor). And give that all a good stir.|
|Now for the weird. Cinnamon and cocoa have some wonderful antioxidant properties. In the chili they just blend into the background but there is a definite note of something outstanding hidden in your bowl. I added a huge tablespoon of cinnamon and 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa. Now, I’ll pause for a moment while you wrap your head around that… but trust me, it’s good!|
|This may be a bit difficult to see, but I have added the last of my garden tomatoes that I froze from last September (Cans and fresh tomatoes work great too), along with some wheat berries I froze from another meal. What are wheat berries? They are perfect little powerhouses of whole grain consisting of the entire wheat kernel except for the hull. Wheat berries have a tan to reddish brown color and are high in fiber and protein. You can buy wheat berries at most health food stores, called “hard dried wheat.” Here I added 4 cups tomatoes and 2 cups wheat berries.|
|I put the lid on and simmered on meduim-low for almost 1 hour, stirring occasionally so the frozen tomatoes would break up. Then here is the finished product. So fast, so easy.|
The rest of the $10 dollar cost lies in the beans as they were .59 cents a can. I buy them on sale once a year and stock up. The little green chilies were .77 cents. The rest of the cost were the seasonings I had in the pantry. The real bonus was that this recipe made a lot and the next day, the leftover chili was, well, I almost can’t talk about it. It was outstanding! Try it. Tweak it. But enjoy it.