#TreatYoSelf $4 Chili!

How often do you and your spouse/roommates have this conversation:

  • What do you want for dinner?
  • I dunno, what do you want?
  • I dunno...

Every night? Us too. My wife and I have this cheap, go-to chili that is healthy (oil-free, lean turkey, high protein, etc) AND delicious! It also lasts you a good while and just gets tastier. I really can't sing its praises enough. Try it out!

Ingredients (makes 5-6 servings):

  • One White Onion
  • 2 packages ground, lean turkey (or meatless equivalent)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (any kind will do)
  • 2 cans black beans (or your favorite type)
  • Lots of chili powder
  • Some garlic powder
  • Some cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cheese and tortilla chips optional but recommended!

  1. When in doubt, dice an onion. I have no idea why but most recipes start this way but who are we to defy, what I assume to be, thousands of years of tradition. 
  2. Put your pan over medium heat. Resist the urge to add oil. Add your onions to a cast iron skillet (don't have cast iron? Get married.) Move the diced onion around so it doesn't stick until you hear a little hiss. Add 1/4 cup water and stir until water has evaporated.
  3. Add meat or meat alternative. Cook meat through and add spices. Go crazy on the chili powder. Add way more than you think you need.
  4. Once all the spices have incorporated, add the diced tomatoes and beans. 
  5. Cook on medium/low for at least 30 minutes or until the chili has begun to thicken.
  6. Add cheese and chips if you want and enjoy!!
  7. (Pack the left overs to be the envy of the office tomorrow!)

Aren't my wife's hands cute? Glad I put that ring on it...

This looks so good! I just ate it and I'm jealous of my past self.


Elizabeth Terry is a former DC public school teacher with a Masters in Special Education. She works on the Sassy Pants Operations Team and loves TV shows set in Washington, D.C.