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)
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.
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.
When you think you have no food in your fridge or pantry and are contemplating going grocery shopping, check out this site first. It is a recipe search engine that helps you find recipes based on the ingredients you already have in your fridge. All you have to do is type in what you have in the search box and hit search. It pops a list of online recipes for you.
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.
My daughter is the one who made the cornbread. All by herself. She wanted me to let you guys know that. LOL