Steak'N'Shake Style Chili
2 T oil
1 lbs ground beef
½ t salt
1 T chili powder
2 t ground cumin
½ t pepper
2 t cocoa
3 (15 oz) cans chili/kidney beans
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup cola (not diet)
Brown ground beef and salt in oil – if there is a high fat content to the ground beef you can omit the oil (I usually do).
Drain meat and add to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
Let simmer on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.
To Freeze: Mix ingredients together and transfer to freezer bag (or other container for freezing). I usually double bag soup style dinners to prevent leakage when thawing. Also be sure to write the date and directions for cooking on the bag. Take out of freezer the day before to thaw (or thaw in cool water in sink--will probably take a few hours), place in slow cooker morning/afternoon you want to enjoy and follow cooking instructions.
**Frugal Tip: You can cut the amount of ground beef in half and add more beans to make this stretch further and be cheaper.