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Delicious on a Budget: Big-Batch Turkey Chili

Posted May 16 2011 10:00am

You know those weeks when your wallet is feeling a little emptier than usual? Well, thanks to an upcoming move, that’s totally me this month. I’ve been trying to keep food costs down just to give myself a little breathing room. Though I don’t think it’s a bad thing to spend a more-than-average percentage of your income on groceries , sometimes you just gotta go cheap.

I’ve posted the recipe for my Easiest Turkey Chili before, but I wanted to actually calculate the cost per serving. I made a huge batch — enough to feed my boyfriend and I for one meal a day for at least 5-6 days. So let’s say 10 servings, just to be on the conservative side.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 3 lbs of 15/85 ground turkey: $6.89
  • 3 green peppers: $2.97
  • 2 yellow onions: $1.58
  • 2 28-oz cans of diced tomatoes: $2.58
  • 2 14-oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes: $1.98
  • 2 14-oz can organic chili-spiced tomatoes: $2.78
  • 3 14-oz cans chili-spiced beans: $2.77
  • 14-oz can black beans: $.99

Grand total for 10 healthy servings: $22.54
Per serving total: $2.25

Try though you might, it’s hard to make a meal that’s halfway tasty and healthy for less than that! If you want to add a few tablespoons of cheddar cheese or sour cream, add about 30 cents per serving.

No, most of the ingredients aren’t organic, but all things considered, this is a pretty healthy, hearty, and tasty meal. Not to mention, it only takes about 15-20 minutes of hands-on time! Again, you can find the recipe for here . Go forth and save $$!

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