Yesterday was cold and rainy. It was a perfect day to come home and enjoy a bowl of homemade chili for dinner, so that is exactly what I did! I consider chili the perfect freezer food. Why? Chili doubles easily and tastes just as good when it is thawed and reheated.
You can make chili using your favorite recipe – or you can try my easy chili recipe below. It’s a simple recipe that comes together quickly. The flavor is good and gets better as it simmers. This recipe is a simple one that I have adapted to make a Whole 30 chili recipe too. Whether you are on the whole 30 or not, it’s a great healthy chili recipe to make! However you make your chili, double it and freeze some soon. You’ll be glad you did on the next cold fall or winter day.
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I also like to keep 1 pound bags of cooked hamburger frozen in my freezer. This allows me to throw together a batch of chili in a hurry. Having cooked hamburger in my freezer at all times is one of my favorite kitchen tricks. It saves me so much prep time by doing this one simple thing!
1 pound of hamburger, cooked and drained
1 large onion, diced
2 cans (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
In a large saucepan, combine cooked hamburger with diced onion and tomatoes. Stir together over low heat. Add spices. Allow to simmer on low on the stove (covered) for one hour.
As I said before, chili is a very easy dish to double. Allow the chili to cool before storing it in the freezer. I freeze chili in quart size freezer bags (laid flat) or in quart canning jars. Both work well.
We like to eat our chili with cheese on the top. I like to mix in crushed corn tortilla chips which reminds me of a tortilla soup. My husband likes to eat his chili with Fritoes on the side. You can try either of our variations or eat it as is! You can also add more tomatoes or more meat or more chili powder if you desire. Chili is a very forgiving recipe so feel free to adapt to your taste!
Do you freeze chili or any other soups?