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Quick and Easy Chili Meal

As I am on a quest to try to use only what I have in my freezer, refrigerator, and pantry for most of my cooking, I have limited my shopping to only things which are necessary for me to replace. It requires me to be more resourceful and less wasteful. For instance, when making a tuna salad sandwich the other day, I chopped up some bread and butter (sweet) pickles, instead of going to buy a jar of sweet relish.

Some things are easier to make and do not require much thought or substitution. Tonight's meal was one such night, even though I am out of chili powder and cumin.

Tonight I "threw together" a soup--what some Americans might call a "chili"-- using the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground lean beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pkg. Taco seasoning
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Salt and pepper to taste

It is certainly not gourmet cooking, but it is a hearty soup that I do not mind eating for leftovers. And it is one more thing that I can cross off of my freezer list .

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SoundNFury wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

That sounds hearty and yummy. Chili is always very satisfying!

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:05 AM

You sure know how to combine all the great tasting ingredients. I like to use tomato in soup too.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:10 AM

I made some slow cooker chili yesterday, too, but it was just one of those recipes on the back of a McCormick flavor packet. Yours sounds better!

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:11 AM

I used to make everything from homemade/scratch and let things simmer for hours. This works though! Thank you, SoundNFury !

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:12 AM

scheng1 Thanks. This is just a throw-together meal which just seems natural to me. I love tomato-based soups or broth-based soups.

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:19 AM

GemOfaGirl I rarely use a recipe anymore for things like this. It certainly is not chili-cookoff quality, but it serves its purpose! Soups of all kinds are really what I like to eat. I remember watching my mother throw together all sorts of concoctions. Somehow, they all worked.

snerfu wrote on February 20, 2015, 7:37 AM

That sounds delicious. I am more used to curries and chutneys.

Feisty56 wrote on February 20, 2015, 9:11 AM

Now I never would have thought about putting the corn in there, but I bet it was a nice addition. Healthy, hearty and nutritious -- not a bad meal at all. : )

peachpurple wrote on February 20, 2015, 10:34 AM

all in one meal should make everyone happy, cheers

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 11:07 AM

snerfu I LOVE curries. I am amazed at the different styles of curries there are from different cultures. One of my favorites is a chicken coconut curry that I make. I think that would be more of a Thai style?

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 11:10 AM

Feisty56 When I was vegan for 3 years, I learned a lot about food combining to complete a protein. Of course, that was not needed here with the beef, but I will often make a similar meal with no meat.

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 11:10 AM

It certainly makes things easier, whether serving for one or for many!!

GemstonePink wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:06 PM

Thanks so much for this recipe. As a vegetarian, I can use the fake ground beef, which is really good, to make this chili of yours. Thank you!

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:21 PM

GemstonePink As a former vegan, I would use two or three cans of different types of beans to do this. I never could get used to the meat analogs, TVP, etc. I learned to make things VERY quickly that I could throw together, as I was so accustomed to cooking with much meat and love the smell. This helped on my quest.

valmnz wrote on February 20, 2015, 2:24 PM

That kind of meal is one of our favourites. There seems a lot there, you'll be eating left overs for a while.

PriscillaKing wrote on February 20, 2015, 5:58 PM

I like corn in chili...even though I now have to be very careful about eating corn.