Easy Meals for College Students - Chili
Jan. 24, 2011 9:58 pm
Updated: Feb. 1, 2011 10:44 am
I wanted to post some easy and cheap recipes that students can make on a busy day. The first one will be my twist on my mother's chili recipe. I make mine in large batches, so that I can freeze a few bowls of it to be heated up later, such as after I get
back from an afternoon class, or just on a day where I don't feel like cooking.
(I don't use measurements when I make this, so go by taste and the amount of people eating/if you want to have leftovers to freeze.)
What you will need:
1 (46 oz.) can of tomato juice
2 (6 oz.) cans of tomato paste
2 cans of mild chili beans
1 lb. of hamburger
half a white onion, chopped
dried minced onion
ground cayenne pepper
1. First, brown the meat, adding about a tablespoon of dried minced onion, half a teaspoon of cayenne, and about a two teaspoons of chili powder. (The spices can be adjusted to taste.)
2. Meanwhile, in a large pot, combine tomato juice, tomato paste, chili beans, and chopped onion.
3. Once the meat has browned, (it is better to use a leaner beef, so that draining is not necessary. This will prevent loss of flavor from the spices that would be in the grease) add the meat to the "broth" and stir it in.
4. Let the pot simmer over low heat for about an hour, or until onions are tender.
5. If you have any leftovers, they can either be kept in the refrigerator for the next day, or frozen in airtight containers for those busy days of classes!
I calculated that each bowl cost me about $1.90, cheap eating for us poor college folks!
I want to also add that when you are making this recipe, especially if you are someone not partial to spicy foods, you can hold off on the spices until all the other ingredients are in the pot, adding a little at a time until the taste is just right for you.
If you are making it for others, I would recommend not adding a lot of chili powder and no cayenne. Just let everyone add what they like to their own bowls.