September 29, 2013

Today’s Easy Cooking: Crockpot Taco Chili

This morning I decided to stay home from church. Anyone that knows me, knows that I normally don’t do this. I started feeling a little yucky yesterday from what I’m sure is seasonal allergies. I LOVE fall but am not particularly thrilled with the allergy issues that come with each season change.  I took two Benadryl last night and I think I had a little bit of a Benadryl hangover this morning. I was grouchy and sensitive to noise.  When I got up in the middle of the night to potty (yes, I am a teacher so I use the word potty), I ran into the wall in my bedroom.  Ahem . . . Stop laughing!  Ok, go ahead. haha.  My nose is still a little sore.

After my family left I decided to enjoy some quiet time on the couch. I’m all snug with my afghan and sole custody of the remote.   🙂  As I was lying here and trying to enjoy the thought of nothing to do except nap, I had the dreaded feeling that I needed to have a meal ready for my family when they returned home this afternoon.

What could I cook that is fast and most importantly EASY so that I can get back to the couch? I suddenly remembered that I have precooked hamburger in the freezer.  When ground beef goes on sale, I like to buy some extra and precook it to freeze. It comes in very handy for chili, spaghetti, Manwich, and other meals. It sure helps speed up the cooking process on weeknights.

Below are pictures of what I used.  There are two pictures since I forgot a few things in the first picture.

crockpot taco chili 1

crockpot taco chili 2

To make things as low cost as possible, I use the stockpile method. This is where I stock up on things my family uses when they are at rock bottom prices. If I remember correctly, the beans were 2/$1 at Harris Teeter and the corn was 2/$1 at Piggly Wiggly. I usually buy a large container of minced garlic from Sams Club or Walmart. The large container of taco seasoning was purchased at Sams. The frozen green chilis were a close out clearance item from Harris Teeter. I was excited to get these.  Green chilis are normally $1-1.40 per can. I got this large container for only $1. I purchased two of them for my freezer.  I used about 2 tbsp. of green chilis and a quart jar of my canned tomatoes in place of using Rotel tomatoes.  As mentioned above, the ground beef was purchased on sale, cooked, and frozen.  Years ago when I was staying at home, I might already have precooked beans in the freezer. This is definitely a money saver, but as Sweet Brown says, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”.

I don’t remember the exact cost of everything pictured, but I would estimate it to be around $6-7 for a large crockpot full of taco chili. This will probably be enough for two meals or one meal and some lunches this week.  Of course, we’ll top it with sour cream and cheese and serve it with tortilla chips. This will put our cost right around $5 per meal, which is a nice target price. This chili also freezes well.

crockpot taco chili 3

For more instructions on making this chili, click on the recipe for taco soup/taco chili. I call it whichever comes to mind first.  This is not an exact recipe. I use different kinds of beans sometimes. Feel free to modify it to your liking.



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