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down to chili and beans

Broke or destitute. It sounds like Betsy is down to chili and beans, so what makes you think she's going to loan you money?
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down to chili and beans

Rur. very poor; down to one's last penny. Mary and Tom aren't doing too well. They're down to chili and beans. Many's the time I was down to chili and beans, but I always pulled through.
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A $5 donation will get you six tickets and each ticket will get you a cup of chili or a piece of cornbread.
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Chili is one of the most valuable crops of Pakistan.
He pulls out a seasoning mix and puts together the best darn chili around.
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The company's No Salt Added flavors fall flat, but you can perk them up with garlic, ground cumin, cayenne, and chili powder.
Both types are generally mild, but hotness can vary from chili to chili.