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


Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.
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