Hearty Chili ~ Real Food Dollar Menu
  • 1 cup dry pinto beans (or 1 15-ounce can)
  • 1 cup dry red beans (or 1 15-ounce can)
  • 1 pound hamburger meat (optional)
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • ¼ cup chopped onions or 2 Tablespoons dry minced onions
  • chili powder or chili peppers to taste
  • garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper to taste
  1. Place dry beans in a large cooking pot.
  2. Cover with water by at least an inch. (Splash in some vinegar to help make these more digestable if you want.)
  3. Soak beans in water overnight or for at least 12 hours.
  4. Drain beans and fill pot again with water, enough to cover the beans by 1 and a half inches. Bring beans to a boil. (Skip all above steps if using canned beans)
  5. Cook (watching to be sure they don't boil over) for about an hour or until beans are tender. Drain.
  6. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. (The more chili powder or chili peppers you add, the spicier it will be, so you make the call on those. I typically add about 3 Tablespoons of chili powder, which keeps it pretty mild.)
  7. Simmer chili for at least 30 minutes before serving. Simmer longer if desired. Or make this ahead of time and warm it in the crock pot on low for several hours. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will be!
Recipe by Heavenly Homemakers at https://www.heavenlyhomemakers.com/hearty-chili-real-food-dollar-menu