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dump chili

Dump Chili sounds super appetizing, right? Well, get your mind our of the gutter. I call this dump chili because I tend to dump in whatever ingredients I have on hand that would lend themselves to a chili.

Chili is easy, cheap, and pretty darn tasty. A crock pot-full will feed my family for several days, and is around $5 to make, depending on what I “dump” in it.

This particular incarnation started with a bag of dried pinto beans. I put them in the crock pot, covered them with water, and cooked them on high for the day. Then I rinsed them, put them back in the crock pot, and added some black beans, frozen corn, 2 big cans of tomato sauce, and a can of diced tomatoes. I salted it pretty heavily (since the beans weren’t canned they had no seasoning) and added some chili powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. I then let it cook on low in the crock pot for a few more hours. The longer is simmers together, the better it tastes! This also reheats nicely as leftovers for the next few days.

Yum! I served this with some dinner rolls, although a loaf of fresh baked, homemade bread is my favorite side. 

While chili seems like a cold-weather comfort food, switching out some of the ingredients can make it a great, frugal meal for warmer weather too. All in, I spent about $4 to make this giant batch.

What are your favorite chili ingredients?


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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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