What do you do when you do not have a freezer meal thawing, nothing in the crock pot, it is 5 pm and the kiddos are getting restless? If you are like most you probably have a well stocked pantry. So you plan a meal on the fly with just your pantry items. A tasty and quick meal to prepare is chili. Grab a salad, corn chips or veggies for side dishes and shred some cheeses for a garnish.

Kathi’s Chili

A less-spicy version that even kids will like. Most of the ingredients are straight from the pantry. Plus, if you already have some fried ground beef with onions and garlic stashed in the freezer (one of the staples of our deep freeze) the meal practically makes itself.


3/4 lb               Ground turkey or beef

1 c.                  Chopped onions

1 clove             Garlic, minced

1-16 oz can      Stewed tomatoes

1-16 oz can      Kidney beans, drained

1-16 oz can      Tomato sauce

3 tsp                 Chili powder

1/2 tsp              Basil

1-6 oz can        Tomato paste


In a large saucepan, cook ground turkey, onions, and garlic until the onions are translucent and the meat is brown. Drain. Stir in un-drained tomatoes, drained kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Servings: 4

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