Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spicy Southwestern Skillet (Frugal Food Thursday)

southwestern skillet
Welcome to Frugal Food Thursday!  If you have a great frugal recipe, please link up below! 

Here's an easy go-to recipe that I use a lot when I'm in a rush.

And it's healthy, too.  It uses chicken breasts, but only two for four servings.  To supplement the protein, I add a can of black beans (rinsed well to get as much sodium out as possible.)

And it's cheap as well.  Although the chicken is expensive for me, since I buy kosher, the other ingredients are not.  I often buy tomatoes on sale for less than 50¢ per can.  Pasta can be bought cheap when on sale and using coupons.  And I get onions are often on sale at ALDI for 99¢ for 3 pounds.

You could also add a can of corn to this recipe, but none of us are corn eaters.  Or melt some cheese on top.  And if you don't eat it all, the leftovers are great for lunch the next day.


4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red or green pepper, diced
2 chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
1 can diced tomatoes with jalapeno peppers
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup uncooked macaroni or other small pasta

In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the red or green pepper and saute for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove vegetables to a medium bowl.

Heat the other 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Add the chicken and saute, stirring constantly, for about 4-5 minutes, or until all traces of pink have left the meat.

Add the vegetables back to the skillet.  Add the drained black beans, the tomatoes with their juice, and the spices.  Turn the heat up to high and bring mixture to a boil.   When boiling, turn the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. When skillet cooking is complete, uncover and add pasta and mix to coat pasta with sauce.  Remove from heat and serve.

Serves 4.

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Jessica January 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM  

Thanks for hosting! I posted an easy cultured mustard recipe full of healthy probiotics.

mjskit January 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM  

Your southwestern skillet looks delicious! I love dishes like this - easy, cheap and lots of flavor! Thanks for hosting!

Virginia Knowles January 27, 2012 at 8:35 AM  

I'll give this a try tonight! I think I have most of the ingredients already, and I need to use up some red peppers! I'm posting about Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake, using a boxed mix and add ons. I think it was much more economical than buying the fresh cream cheese and other ingredients.

Run DMT January 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM  

That sounds so simple and it has everything in it that my family loves! I need to try this. Thanks!

I would love for you to share your recipe and my Friday Food Fight linky party. Hope to see you in the ring!

Lady Behind The Curtain February 1, 2012 at 2:51 AM  

I love your recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it?
I hope to see you there!

Michelle February 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM  

Visiting from Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits.
This is a great family-pleasing dish. It's going on next week's menu! Thanks!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife February 1, 2012 at 4:07 PM  

This sounds really delicious - great comfort food! Thank you for sharing this frugal one pot meal with the Hearth and Soul hop.

The Humbled Homemaker February 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM  

Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing w/ Healthy 2Day Wednesday! Hope to see you back next week!

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