Garden Fresh Chili on Red Potatoes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 30, 2008

A perfect hearty meal to warm my tummy, just before an hour of “begging” in our neighborhood!
Yesterday I was blessed by our farmer’s market! Today is busy, perfect for another crockpot creation! This afternoon I will be at my son’s fall party at the preschool. And tonight is “Beggar’s Night”…apparently the PC term for Trick or Treating! Not sure why it’s called beggar’s night, or why it’s not happening ON Halloween. I’m told it’s because of high school football this year. I’d buy that if we were in TX where high school football players are gods and games are NOT to be missed. At any cost. But in OH? I’m really not buying it! So when we go trick or treating, RDC will be a doctor, just like his “Tia”.
So here’s the chili, with the free peppers, that will go on top of roasted red potatoes later tonight!

Ingredients
3/4 lb ground beef, cooked ($1.12)
1 cup dried beans ($.10)
2 cups water
1 onion, chopped ($.30)
1 green pepper and 1 red pepper (FREE!!!)
1 can diced tomatoes ($.23)
1 can tomato sauce ($.33)
1 T chili powder ($.03)
1 t garlic powder (I’m all outta the fresh stuff!) ($.01)
Salt and Pepper
6 Red Potatoes ($1) 1 cup shredded cheese ($.75) Recently on sale at Kroger!
1/2 cup peas ($.25)

Directions
1. Place all ingredients in crockpot and BREW! Cook on high 8-10 hours.
2. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 30-45 minutes, depending on their size. Remove, slice open and pour the chili on top!

Cost $4.12

There’s lots of fun to be had at BooMama’s Crockpotalooza! Crockpot Crashing and all sorts of other craziness is going on at BooMama.net!

And for even more great crockpot recipes, head on over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom’s Slow Cooking Thursday!

A trick or treating we will go! What a handsome young doctor!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Astrid October 30, 2008 at 6:46 am

What are the can sizes for the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes? Did you presoak your dried beans before cooking the chili?
Thanks!

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Renee October 30, 2008 at 9:08 am

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. BTW- your comment about Texas football had me laughing..you are SO right. When we moved to TX I was amazed at how much attention highschool football received. I had never lived in an area where the news (and people) so avidly followed not only pro-sports and college sports but highschool too.

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Jen October 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

This looks so good! Thank you for sharing.

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Mindy October 30, 2008 at 9:25 am

This looks fabulous and I love how low cost it is…..although, I will have to buy the peppers.
I think this would be great with a potato bar of sorts— the people could add anything they like to their potato….=)
thanks for the recipe!
I will be trying this.

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Colored With Memories October 30, 2008 at 9:32 am

wow, it looks like i just stumbled upon a great page.

sounds yummy…or nummy…as we say in our house. definitely worth trying.

thanks for sharing!

ps. i live in texas and we’re still trick-or-treating on friday night here!

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DESJ and Company October 30, 2008 at 10:08 am

I saw that you were making this and it reminded me of the container of chili in my freezer. I used regular baking potatoes and my kids LOVED it! Thanks for the great idea.

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NeedANap2 October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm

One year (at least one day before Halloween, I can’t remember exactly) the kids and I went out for a walk and found out it was trick-or-treat night for our town. I called my husband and said we inadvertently went trick-or-treating. He didn’t quite believe me! :) One older neighbor lady chased us down the street to give us candy. The kids weren’t dressed up or anything.

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mjpuzzlemom October 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm

This looks good. Thanks for sharing!

MJ

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Sandra October 30, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Sounds great :)

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MJ October 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I think Beggar’s Night is a midwestern thing. I grew up in Iowa and we always went on the night before Halloween. I’m sure there’s some tradition behind it, but I’ve got no idea what it is.

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Kate October 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I love chili over baked potatoes! This looks so good.

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Lisa October 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Yummy. Thanks for your awesome ideas.

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Evamarie November 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm

LOL We lived in Texas and they had Halloween a night early. The reason because that year Halloween fell on Wed. night a.k.a Church night. Since we weren’t a member of any of those congregations we had no idea that they had changed Halloween Night.

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