Here is a recipe that is fairly cheap, but tastes pretty good. Every person into prepping has a lot of beans and rice on hand.Even in good times, this is a cheap and tasty dish:
1 pound of hot pork sausage
1 large onion
1 green pepper
1 pound of red kidney beans
In a large pot, place the raw beans and add water to about 2 inches higher than the level of the beans. Place it on medium heat and cover. When it comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer.
While that is heating:
Chop the onion and pepper and saute them with a tablespoon of minced garlic.
While that is cooking, make marble sized meatballs out of the sausage.
Once the onion begins to turn clear, add the sausage and brown it.
When the sausage is brown, add the mixture to the beans. Bring to a boil, cover, and lower to simmer.
Let it cook for three hours, and stir occasionally. Add water as needed. If the mixture turns out too soupy, you can crush a few beans against the side of the pot, and that will thicken it. If that isn’t enough, a half teaspoon of flour dissolved in a cup of warm water can be added to thicken it up.
Serve over rice. This makes enough to feed 5 or 6 people, with leftovers. It is also really good with some fresh french bread or cornbread.
Suggested condiments: Ketchup makes them good, as does Louisiana Hot Sauce.
This meal costs less than $2 a serving. It was a real hit at the firehouse, both because it is tasty and cheap.