March 09, 2015

Cheap Eats: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Good Morning!!

As promised, I am going to share recipes for some cheap eats this month. Sometimes, eating on a budget can be intimidating, but I hope to help change that. My goal is to keep things healthy, delicious, interesting, and cheap!

This first recipe is something I found on Budget Bytes when I was looking for inspiration... I am so glad that I found it, (and was able to make it even cheaper!) I will definitely be making this again. It's better than any other White Chicken Chili I have made in the past, and is really easy to make!(Disclaimer: I did not find this to be a family-friendly recipe due to spiciness!)

I was able to make this chili for $7.38- that's only $1.85 per serving! (See bottom of post for breakdown.)

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
From Budget Bytes
Serves 4- 1.5 cup servings

1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1/2 lb)
16oz salsa verde
2 15oz. cans cannellini beans
1 15oz. can pinto beans
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded for topping

Place onion, garlic, and chicken in slow cooker. Drain and rinse beans, then add them to the slow cooker, along with salsa and spices. Pour chicken broth overtop, and stir to mix. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Check chicken after 3 hours- if unable to shred, replace lid and cook for another hour. Otherwise, remove chicken breast from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return chicken to the slow cooker, and stir to combine. Serve chili topped with shredded cheese and cilantro. Enjoy!!

Price breakdown, (does not include price of spices): onion $0.34; chicken $0.99; salsa verde $1.98; cannellini beans $1.78; pinto beans $0.79; chicken broth $1.25, and cheese $0.25.

How I did it: Store brands (cheese, beans, broth). I bought the chicken in bulk for $1.99/lb. I also visited the International Foods area for the salsa verde- and found it for $0.99 per 8oz can which ended up saving me around one dollar over the other typical brands.

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