Green Pepper Chili – $5 Dinner Challenge


Take your basic chili…and add 2 green peppers. Diced, of course!

(I made this on the Dayton Fox News morning show this week!  So if you’ve been looking for the recipe, here it is!)

Remember those crazy wicked cheap green peppers I scored!?!  That’s what inspired the green pepper addition.  I think I’ll be adding green peppers to everything from now until Thanksgiving! 😉

Loved the flavor the green peppers added to this chili.


Green Pepper Chili

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • About 3/4 lb. ground beef ($1.12)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced ($.50)
  • 2 green peppers, diced ($.66)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.16)
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste ($.19)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans ($.40)
  • 2 cups cooked red beans ($.40)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder ($.10)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tabasco or hot sauce, optional
  • Serve with fresh fruit like 1/2 cantaloupe ($.67)

Substitute 1 can black beans and 1 can red beans to save on time!


  • Brown the ground beef. Drain and return to saucepan.
  • Add diced red onion (or yellow, or white), diced green peppers, diced tomatoes (undrained), tomato paste (plus 1-2 cans worth of water), black beans, red beans, garlic cloves, chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Add some Tabasco or hot sauce if you need a lil kick.
  • Bring to bubbling, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. If you simmer longer, cover it so you don’t lose too much moisture. Ladle into bowls and serve warm.
  • Cut cantaloupe into wedges or bite size pieces. I love the sweet, coolness of cantaloupe paired with a thick, hearty chili.
  • Serve Green Pepper Chili with Cantaloupe.

Cost $4.30

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I have always made chili with green peppers and onions. So did my mother. Earlier this year, I was able to “score” three grocery bags full of peppers from someone through Freecycle. They’re all cut up and in my freezer waiting for the next batch of chili! Good stuff. Gonna try the black beans with the kidneys one of these times. We’ve done Navy beans and kidney, but not black beans. They’re all good.

Made a great $5 dinner last night. Boiled penne pasta, drained and added basil pesto that I made from my garden, a little olive oil and stirred. Had sauteed spinach on the side, from my garden. I actually think it came out to $1.25 for the meal, but was fast, easy and DH loved it