Meal Under $10 - Chili Con Carne in a Bread Bowl



1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb ground beef (or turkey or chicken if you prefer)
1 15 oz can red kidney beans
1 15 oz can chili beans
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
3 Tbsp chili powder (*or more if you like it spicier)
2 tsp ground cumin
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 round loaf of bread
Garnishes I used for pricing:
sour cream
shredded Cheddar cheese
chopped green onion



Heat oil in a large skillet and saute onion for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add meat and brown. Add kidney beans, chili beans, tomatoes, chili powder and ground cumin. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bread bowl is desired and garnish. Serve with bread pieces from the scooped out bread if you like.


To make a bread bowl, simply cut off the top of the loaf (use a hearty round loaf) and scoop out the bread to make a hollow bowl. I lined the hollowed-out bread with tin foil (to keep it from leaking) and cooked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

This dish freezes really well so why not make a double batch and freeze half for another quick dinner.