Shopping list: onions, $0.50; green bell pepper, $1.00; ground turkey, $3.81; 28 oz. tomatoes, $1.91; 2 ounces cheese, $0.40.
Pantry items: olive oil, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, millet or rice.
Total cost (for 4-6 portions): $7.62
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, sliced thin from pole to pole
1 medium green bell pepper, diced medium
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup uncooked millet or white rice
1 pound ground turkey
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 ounces (about 3/4 cup) coarsely grated cheese--Monterey jack, pepper jack, cheddar, or a combination
Sour cream or plain yogurt to serve (optional)