Simple Recipe: Taco Chili

I made this for our playdate this week and was asked by all for the recipe. So I thought I might share it with you,too. This comes from another of my favorite books The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet: A Month of Meals Made Easy or in their newest book 30 Day Gourmet’s BIG Book of Freezer Cooking.

They teach you how to make enough meals in one weekend to last an entire month! When you purchase the book, you also get the username/password to their online recipes on their website! Here’s the Chili recipe (for 12 servings!!)

2lbs. of hamburger (I like to use one pound of hamburger and 1lb turkey instead.)
1 package of taco seasoning (I use Old El Paso 40% less sodium)**See Update Below
1-28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1-15oz. jar of salsa (I used Chi-Chis Thick n’ Chunky Medium)
1-15oz. can of corn, undrained
1-16oz. can of kidney beans, undrained
1-15oz. can of black beans, DRAINED and rinsed
1 can of black olives, chopped (Not in original recipe. Just something I like to add.)

8oz. of sour cream
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag of Tostitos Scoops chips (in place of a spoon!!) – Skip this if you are looking for a healthier recipe.

Brown hamburger. While the hamburger is cooking, add all the rest of the ingredients into a large pot or crockpot. Drain any fat off the hamburger and add to that pot. Stir to combine. Heat until hot and bubbly. Serve with “optionals.” I highly recommend the scoop chips in place of using a spoon. It makes it taste more like a taco. Freeze up any leftovers in Ziploc bags, marking with the date and “Taco Chili.” (Don’t add optionals to what you freeze!)


**UPDATE: After looking over the seasoning packet, I noticed that it contains MSGs. I’ve switched to making my own taco seasoning mix now using recipes from HERE or HERE depending on what spices I have available.