Here is a gourmet frugal meal that you can make for around $12.00! Perfect recipe to save back with the cool winter months coming soon. This will feed 3-4 people so you are getting a meal for about $2.50-$3.00 per person, a really great value.
- 2 cans of tri-blend beans from Kroger (Black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans)
- 1 can of corn
- 3/4 lb of ground beef
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 tomato, de-seeded and chopped
- Tomato paste – 2 tsp
- A handful of cilantro, chopped
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Oil – 1 tsp + 1 tbsp
- 4 Cups of water
Heat a skillet with 1 tsp of oil and brown your ground beef in it. Fry, stirring often and breaking the lumps as you go. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl. Keep aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the onions and green bell pepper till fragrant and then add the diced tomatoes along with the tomato paste. Cook for a few minutes and stir in the spices – garlic powder, dried oregano and smoked paprika. Now, add the 3 bean mix and the corn and give everything a good toss. Add the browned beef and chopped cilantro and mix it in. Season with salt & pepper.
Add water, cover and cook for 30 minutes.