Chili – Frito Pie

Chili is the official state food of Texas, and it's a great comfort food recipe on a cold night! My Chili recipe starts with a homemade chili seasoning mix. Stop buying the expensive package of premade chili seasoning because it will take less than 5 minutes and cost less than $1 to make a big batch of homemade chili seasoning to use all season long!

Chili Seasoning Recipe:
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Now that you've made your chili seasoning, you'll be able to whip up a delicious bowl of chili in no time!

Chili Recipe
  • 2 lbs. ground beef or lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chili seasoning mix (see The Budget Diet's Chili Seasoning Recipe)
  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes (mild or hot depending on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1, 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1, 16 oz. can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1, 16 oz. can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • Sprinkle ground beef with chili seasoning mix and stir to combine.
  • Stir in Rotel, tomato sauce, black beans and pinto beans.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In Texas we love to use our chili to make Frito Pie…give it a try!

Frito Pie
  • Chili
  • Fritos
  • Mexican Blend Cheese or Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Put a handful of Fritos in the bottom of your bowl.
  • Top with chili and cheese
  • Enjoy a Texas favorite!

The Budget Diet hopes you'll add Chili to your list of frugalicious and fast recipes!

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10 years ago

sounds good to me–I will try it when it cools down

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