Shirley’s Homemade Chili

Low Cost Meals

As we figure out how our new schedule will wok with the baby, my husband and I are relying on low cost, low time consuming meals to help us adjust. Right now our budget is focused on new baby expenses and our time is taken up by caring for the little one.

A meal that we’ve enjoyed last week was some chili and chips. It was filling and it was great with some shredded cheddar. This recipe was originally shared on Couple Money by Kay Lynn. I thought it was a great chili recipe to share and help you see that you can have delicious meals without breaking the bank.

Shirley’s Homemade Chili


chili recipe
Chili is a great easy and low cost meal!
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 – 29 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 4 – 15 ounce cans of kidney beans
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder


  • Brown the meat with the diced onions. Drain the fat and then mix in the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes to blend the flavor.
  • Optionally serve it shredded cheese or fresh onions on top. I like to add a side of cornbread.

Note on Chili Servings:

This makes 8 servings so you can halve the ingredients without a problem. We make one or two additional meals by serving the chili over hot dogs or potatoes and topping with shredded cheese.

Homemade Chili Cost

The ingredient prices are from a local grocery store chain. Prices may vary for you.

  • Ground Beef: $2.00
  • Tomato Sauce: $1.99
  • Kidney Beans: $5.00
  • Onion: $1.27
  • Chili Powder: $.034

Total: $10.60 divided by 8 = $1.33 per serving. It will probably be even less as these were not sale prices.

Thoughts on Eating for Less

I’d love to hear from you and get some more ideas. What are some of your favorite low cost meals to make?

Photo Credit: flickr4jazz