Thursday, October 21, 2010

Norma's Chili

This is a fabulous chili recipe that I adapted from a family friend in Long Beach, California.  I reduced the amount of beans and increased the veggies.  Feel free to play around with the kids of beans and add more veggies like zucchini or spinach.


2lbs lean ground beef                      6.36
2 Large cans crushed tomatoes     1.86
1 can butter beans                             .97
1 can light red kidney beans            .66
medium onion--chopped                  .40
green pepper--chopped                    .50
3 celery stalks--chopped                  .25
2 carrots--peeled and grated           .20
2 garlic cloves--minced                     .10
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin


In a medium pan brown the ground beef and drain off any grease.  Drain the beans.  Add the tomatoes, beans, ground beef, veggies, garlic and seasoning to a crock pot.  Mine looked a little thick so I added 1/2 a cup of water.  You can thin yours out with a little tomato sauce.  Stir well. 

Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.  I like to top our chili with sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese, jalapenos or tortilla chips.  You can use any combination of these topping or none. 

I was able to make 3 meals at $3.77 without the cost of toppings.  With toppings, probably around 5 bucks a meal. 

Yum!  Enjoy!
Christie aka Keeza