Aldi’s Money Saving Meal~ Chili

By November 2, 2009Budget Meals, Cooking, Soups

It’s time for another Aldi’s Money Saving Meal, in fact, it’s past time. Sorry, trying to play catch up after being sick for 2 weeks.

Chili is a quick and easy meal. It can be thrown into the crockpot in the morning and ready for dinner. It’s also a frugal meal, a little goes a long way.

I’ve used this recipe for many, many years, getting it from an old friend, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee now, Dawn.

My recipe is a very large batch, part could be frozen, or like I did this time, I seperated into small containers for my husband’s lunch for the week. You could very easily cut the recipe in half.



  • 2 lbs. Hamburger, cooked and drained   $3.52
  • 2 cans Tomato Soup  $.98
  • 2 cans Water          $ -0-
  • 1 large Onion      $.08
  • 1 T. Minced Garlic      $.02
  • 2 cans Chili Beans    $1.38
  • 2 cans Pinto Beans   $1.38
  • 2 cans Chili Style Tomato Sauce  $1.38
  • 3 T. Worchestire Sauce            $.05
  • 2 T. Garlic Salt          $.02
  • 5 T. Chili Powder (I usually use a little less)  $.05
  • 1 t. Cumin  $.02
  • Dash of pepper

Total for Chili  $8.88  (enough for 2 meals, plus lunches)


Cook hamburger and onion, drain. Place all ingredients in crockpot and simmer on low for 8-10 hrs. or high for 4-5 hrs.

Sometimes we add sour cream and cheese to the top. And most of the time I serve it with cornbread.Often I make the cornbread from scratch, but the cornbread mix from Aldi’s tastes good and is quite frugal.


Cornbread Mix      $.49

1 Egg                          $.06

Milk                            $.05

Total for cornbread    $.60

Total for meal              $9.48 

Dividing the recipe in half would make it $4.74 for one meal


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