Want to know the secret to cooking easy, tasty meals in college? It’s simple. Learn to cook for leftovers. Take the time to prep a meal at the beginning of the week so that you can heat it up or repurpose it for simpler meals later in the week. Here, we have a perfect example of this concept thanks to a great user-submitted recipe from Mark Hollander and his roommate, Jeff Steinback. We found their Bacon Beef Chili photo on Twitter and had to asked them to share the recipe with our students. The two say that bacon beef chili is perfect for the college lifestyle because students are constantly in a hurry. Even better, these ingredients should not cost more than $10-15, and leftovers can easily be reheated as a late night snack or lunch the following day.
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serving size: 3-4 bowls
- 1 can chili beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can kerneled corn
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1-2 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 lb sliced bacon
Optional: Cheese, sour cream, pepper, hot sauce
- Combine beans, tomatoes, corn, and seasoning in your largest pot. Cook over medium heat (save some seasoning for the beef).
- Meanwhile, cook sliced bacon in frying pan over medium heat with oil to preferred crispiness.
- In a separate frying pan, separate beef into small clumps and heat over medium temperature with oil. Add in leftover seasoning.
- Once thoroughly cooked, add bacon and beef to the chili pot.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve hot with preferred sour cream, cheese, pepper, and/or hot sauce.
(DDF Tip– Freeze chili in individual, microwavable plastic containers so that you can defrost them for a great meal in just minutes!)
Thanks for sharing your bacon beef chili with us, Mark and Jeff. Send over another recipe anytime!
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