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cheap chili

candles are burning, chili is in the crockpot, freshly-scooped pumpkin seeds are baking, i’m breaking out my favorite sweaters, and SWEATING. it may 80 degrees in savannah, but you better believe i am watching hocus pocus and counting down the days until Christmas.

its officially fall yall.

while the majority of the 18-25 white female race are rejoicing upon the return of the pumpkin spice latte, i find myself finding solace in the ability to wear black leggings in place of pants at any and every opportunity. their ability to go from pajamas to work attire might be one of man’s greatest discoveries.

fall, specifically October, also marks the beginning of my descent into an annual state of insanity. to my old bar confidants, college friends, and my mother’s surprise, i actually have a full time job. SURPRISE! at said full time job, i work with a relentless team to organize the annual Savannah Film Festival, hosting more than 50,000 guests including some of the most prestigious industry professionals, celebrity guests, and close to 200 filmmakers. my job specifically is to arrange flights, transportation, and hotel for nearly 300 guests. needless to say, my social life, blogging and appetite suffer in the mean time. so until mid-november, this is farewell.

until my return, you must make the world’s easiest/cheapest chili, courtesy of the woman, the myth, the legend – my mom.


  • 2 cans of chili-style pinto beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of chili-style diced tomatoes
  • 1 chili seasoning packet
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • ground beef seasoning:
    • 2 tbsp. of cayenne pepper (more/less depending on how spicy you like your chili!)
    • 1 tbsp. of cracked red pepper
    • 2 tbsp. of powdered garlic
    • 2 tbsp. of salt
    • 2 tbsp. of pepper
    • 1 tbsp. of paprika
    • 1 tbsp. of oregano
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 1/2 cup of diced bell pepper
  • greek yogurt & shredded cheddar for garnishing and because hello its delicious


  1. Cook ground beef with seasoning. Drain all the grease.
  2. Combine cooked/seasoned ground beef with all beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning packet in the crockpot. Add your onions and peppers and stir.
    ** DO NOT drain your beans. This will make your chili VERY dry. Leave all the juices in the can for a stewy, delicious consistency.***
  3. Cook on low for 3 hours. Ladle this into a bowl, top with a spoonful of greek yogurt (a healthy alternative to sour cream) and cheddar cheese and enjoy!!!
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¤ my sister can cook this

$$ 5-10 dollars

cheers, hannah


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