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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Crockpot Recipe of the week - Dimples' Style Chili

Ingredients:

2 packages frozen ground turkey (equals about one package unfrozen) = $2 ($1 a piece)

1 red pepper = $.75


2 cans kidney beans = $1.10
($.55 a can)

1 onion = $.15
(1 bag of onions@ $1.50 a bag. About 10 onions a bag)

3 roma tomatoes = $.54
($1.25 a pound. 7 good sized tomatoes make a pound. Can substitute a can of tomatoes for about the same price)

Spices = $.10
(yeah......guesstimate. Sorry, don't have time to calculate that mess)

1 package cornbread mix= $.25 optional



TOTAL COST: $4.89


Prep Time = 15 min


Cook Time = 8 - 9 hours on low or 5 - 6 hours on high (all depends on you)



Directions:


Turn on crockpot on low setting. Add kidney beans. Dice up tomatoes, onion, and red pepper. Add to crockpot. Season and brown turkey in skillet. Add turkey to crockpot. Add more spices. Cover. Keep yourself busy for 8 - 9 hours. (Some people go to work. Others run errands and handle their business. I mean you can look at the crockpot for as long as you want but that may be a lil weird)

When chili is ready make cornbread. That gives it time to cool down a bit.


Results:



It was good!!! My baby ate 2 bowls.

I have a lot of chili left (Remember, I am measuring by a two person household. Actually 1.5 person...LOL). I packaged up the remaining chili into 3 tupperware bowls. Taking one to work tomorrow for lunch and the other 2 are in the freezer. I took a pic:


Here are some things that help me keep my grocery bill under $120 every month (Normally it is under a $100 except for the months with cooking holidays):

Freezing your food is a great way to stretch it out. And what is even better is that if I am ready to have the chili again, I can reheat it with my crockpot. All I would do it sit the tupperware bowl in some hot water for about 5 minutes to loosen up the food at the bottom. Then I would dump the chili into the crockpot, add a lil bit of water, and let it ride. Comes out just as good as before, sometimes even better.

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I will try and post a crockpot recipe and tips on how to save on your grocery bill once a week. In the meanwhile, if you want to go and find your own crockpot recipe then check out this site.


*EDIT

My daughter is the one who made the cornbread. All by herself. She wanted me to let you guys know that. LOL

5 comments:

Chitown said...

I am going to try this recipe. I have a crock pot but have only used it once or twice. Thanks for sharing.

HighClassLowIncome said...

That sounds pretty easy, and yummy! I'm sure your daughter made fantastic cornbread!

Dimples said...

@ chitown

Girl it is good. I don't eat red meat so you are definitely open to alter the recipe to your liking. If you only knew the feeling of coming home from a hard day at work and crazy traffic to a home cooked meal. That is why I LOVE my crockpot. Keeps me from resorting to getting takeout when I am too worn out to cook.

@ highclasslowincome

It was very easy! You don't need to be Rachel Ray to make this or anything using a crockpot. Just dump the food in there and take off. The crockpot does the rest.
I must admit that cornbread was good. She loves to cook. Wants to be a chef when she grows up. And a lawyer. A doctor. A singer. And President....LMAO!

Single Ma said...

Awww how cuuuute at your baby cooking! I'm going to try this recipe on Sunday, but honey child, I need MEAT! LOL

Anonymous said...

That looks so good. I am going to this weekend. Thanx for the tip.

Tamika