It’s not always grand gestures that help you build wealth. It can often be the sum of all the small efforts that add up to make the biggest difference. Today I am sharing a simple way that I make my money go further. I hope it will inspire you to look at the simple, small ways that you can do the same. I posted this photo recently on my Instagram and I got a couple of messages asking for recipe so this is two birds one stone. 🙂
Every so often, I go to the butchers and stock up a lean mince when it’s on special offers. My favourite butchers at the moment are Kerrigans and Gleesons. I buy upwards of 2kg at a time and use it to make a homemade, healthy Chilli Con Carne. I also make a variation of this as Spaghetti Bolognese. For my tips on getting the most from your supermarket shop, read here.
Here a some reasons I LOVE this recipe:
- It’s economical to make – the cost per portion is super low.
- You can easily make it in bulk (I do upwards of 2kg worth of mince at a time and then double or triple the other ingredients).
- It freezes really well – I portion it into single or double portions and freeze for quick lunches and dinners.
- You can make a variety of dishes with it including chilli con carne with rice, tacos (I like the hard shells – this is my favourite), nachos, burritos and so on.
- This dish is so easy to make. There’s a few minutes prep at the outset, then you cook it and a low heat for a few hours.
- You can be cook it in the slow cooker. I love any excuse to use my slow cooker.
- It can be really nutritious (depending on what you serve it with). I use lean high quality mince and I sneak in tonnes of veg, beans and spices.
- It is absolutely delicious and it’s a real crowd pleaser if you are cooking for a group.
To make a large batch I use approximately:
- 2 large onions – diced
- Full bulb of garlic – peeled + crushed
- 3x chillis – chopped
- 2kg lean minced beef
- 1kg carrots – chopped or grated
- 500g courgettes – chopped or grated
- 500g peppers – chopped
- 6 stalks of celery – chopped
- 4 tins chopped tomatoes
- 2 tins kidney beans
- Other: Hot chilli powder, salt, pepper, cumin, added water
- Sides: Rice, hard shell tacos, sour cream, grated cheese, avocado, salsa
You can half or double the recipe as needed.
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan
- Sauté diced onions, crushed garlic + chopped chillis
- Brown the mince
- Add chopped peppers, celery, carrots + courgettes (you can grate the carrots + courgettes if you have fussy eaters)
- Add tinned chopped tomatoes + tomato purée + water as needed
- Season with salt, pepper, chilli powder (I like hot) + cumin
- Bring to boil + then reduce to simmer
- Cook on low heat for 4 hours or more
- Add drained tinned kidney beans near the end
- Serve with any selection of sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, salsa, avocado, taco shells, rice…
This is a really simple way to make a low-cost meal in bulk and stretch your money. There are thousands of examples of ways to do this in your own life and this is just one very simple example, but it illustrates a larger point. Look after the small stuff and the big stuff will fall into place.