Chili con Carne
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
A meaty chili - because ‘con carne’ means with meat, in Spanish. A meaty and beany chili that is simmered to perfection. Chili is such a great freezer friendly meal and is a great one to start with (if you are new to freezer cooking.) Hope you enjoy this chili!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - small yellow onion(s)
  • 2 - tsp minced garlic
  • 1 - 28 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) kidney beans
  • 1 - cup(s) beef broth
  • 1 - Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 - tsp paprika
  • 1 - tsp cayenne pepper
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - shredded cheddar cheese**
  • Side: - salad**
  • Side: - cornbread**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Open the crushed tomatoes. Open, drain and rinse the cans of kidney beans.
  2. Chop the small yellow onion.
  3. In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion and minced garlic. Drain, if necessary. Return to saucepan and add the crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, broth, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to bubbling, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Prepare the salad.
  5. Cook the cornbread, as directed.
  6. Serve Chili con Carne with cornbread and salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Chop 2 small yellow onions.
  2. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with the chopped onions and 4 tsp minced garlic.
  3. Open 2 cans of crushed tomatoes. Open, drain and rinse 2 cans of kidney beans.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned ground beef mixture
  • 1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring all of the contents of the baggie into large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to bubbling and simmer for 15 minutes.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when the shredded cheese garnish is omitted.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides like gluten-free cornbread, rice or quinoa.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Chili con Carne

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and add contents of baggie to large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to bubbling and cook for 20 minutes.
Serve with salad and dinner rolls.

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