It doesn't help that we only have one grocery store in our town and the owners are greedy. I hate that store and try not to go there if I can help it.Looks good! But...nothing is cheap these days!
I cook the same way! I've started roasting onions before I use them in a lot of dishes - it really does bring another level of flavor! I'll bet your chili is a HIT!I also never use measuring spoons when I use spices (I'm lazy and it means I have less dishes to wash) so whatever I make is a little different every time.