Cheap Chili Recipe

Posted on Feb 2 2017 - 12:19pm by Liz E.


Chili is one of the best things to make if you’re looking to eat something that is reasonably healthy, but will still go a long way. Not only does an average pot of chili feed four to five people, but you can use leftovers a million different ways—on top of hot dogs, with cheese and chips as a dip, or even in spaghetti.

Here is one of my favorite cheap recipes for chili:

Cheap Chili Recipe


  • 1 lb ground hamburger
  • dash of onion powder
  • 1 can chili-ready tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 package chili seasoning


  1. Brown the hamburger, adding a dash of onion powder to taste. Drain, and place in a large pot.
  2. Add the chili-ready tomatoes and 2 cans of water. Simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomato paste, beans, and chili seasoning. Stir until combined, and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve hot with whatever toppings you desire.

This is the most basic chili recipe, and it can be modified any number of ways to suit your family. On average, this will easily serve around four people and the most expensive part is the meat. Which, since you’re browning it and adding other things, you can slide by with a lower-quality hamburger meat (like 70/30 instead of 80/20).

If you make it, let me know what you thought!

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