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This is good for when your making things  ahead to freeze for grab and fix freezer meals also.

So it’s pretty easy..The first day you can have a beautiful bean soup, and before you refrigerate it make it into a chili for the next day or for the freezer to grab next week by simply adding one ingredient to your bean soup. Yes it is that easy. Ok here I will make it all at once and show you ..


Ok for the simple bean soup, you can use all beef, or do like I do and add different meats.

I have in my bean soup some cooked sausage links that I chunked up (simply plan on making the bean soup that day and make sure you make some extra sausage links for breakfast to save for your soup later that day)

I have 2 pounds of ground deer burger

I have 1 pound of ground beef

  • To start out I take my Dutch Oven or Stock Pot and I add half of a diced onion, a Tbsp diced green pepper, 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced, and a scatter of crushed red pepper. Add some veg oil and turn on the heat. using a wooden spoon, stir don’t let burn.

Then add in your meat

salt and pepper meat well

stir with wooden spoon turning meat to brown

once meat is browned add a heaping Tbsp of Chili Powder

Add 1 can of Mild Rotel

1 15 oz can black beans (drained)

1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans (drained)

1 150z can light red kidney beans (drained)

1 quart of my canned pinto beans with deer meat (undrained)  (note I realize everyone does not can their own beans, you can use store bought)

fill up quart jar with water and add to pot.. stir

add a few shakes of Texas Pete hot Sauce..

the soup needs to simmer with lid on to let beans is a delicious soup with cornbread



  • NOW to turn it into chili.. all you have to do is grab a can of Tomato Paste

add the tomato paste and stir well..

let simmer and top your chili with cheddar cheese and saltine crackers maybe even a few grilled cheese

.. you have a wonderful new dish  without the boring leftovers feel =)

Enjoy saving money and eating well.




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