Because I buy things like canned diced tomatoes and beans in bulk, we always have a TON in our food storage. While 10/$10 sales are great, check price clubs and case lot sales. Last year I got a ton of beans for like 10 cents a piece at a case lot sale on double-coupon Wednesday. (Thanks Winegars Grocery!) I also buy a lot of canned dice tomatoes in bulk whenever I can get them for 50 cents a can or less. This year we also went in together with 7 other families and bought a cow. This gave us about 60 lbs of beef for $60. What a steal! In essence, this chili cost me less than $4 to make and will feed my family of 6 two meals easily. Maybe even 3, depending on their appetites on any given day.
But don't worry. Even if you haven't bought a cow recently, you can still make this pretty cheap. Definitely healthier than store-bought or restaurant chili and much cheaper! (Freeze leftovers. Great over baked potatoes too!)
2 lbs ground beef (or turkey)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 small sweet peppers (or 1 bell pepper), chopped
2 tsp oregano
2 Tbsp chili powder
4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon (yes, cinnamon!)
2 - 8oz cans tomato sauce
4 cans diced tomatoes w/ chilies
4 - 14.5 oz cans beans (any kind you like. pictured: Kidney, Black, and Navy), undrained
1 can sweet corn, undrained.
Brown meat with garlic, onion, pepper and spices. Stir in everything else. Heat until just starts to boil. Cover & simmer 30-40 minutes, until ready to serve.
Note: I drain 2 of my cans of beans and leave only 2 undrained. Just depends on how thick or thin you prefer. For extra thick & chunky chili, drain all beans as well as the corn.