What are the categories of cheap food recipes?

By hawkeye I ran across this recipe today:

Buy dry black beans and vegetables. Soak the beans over night (rinse a few times during the process), then boil the beans the next day as you cut up carrots, peppers and onions. Saute the peppers, onions, garlic and similar, wash and cut up the carrots, saute with the rest just to have some place to put them. Other vegetables too if you like.

Pre-heat the oven to 300 F.

Rinse the beans once more, dump everything in a big oven pot (which you bought with the money you saved from not eating ramen and going under-nourished). Add about two cups of water, half cup of wine that can be drunk, or quarter cup of apple cider vinegar if you don’t have wine. Or neither. Whatever spices you have.

Cook in oven about 3 to 4 hours. This will feed you for days. 16 oz black beans costs $1 here; the above bean stew costs in total $5 US or less. And there’s actual nutrition in there, as opposed to ramen.

Where I come from I might call this a bean stew. I think North Americans might call this a ‘chili’.

My dilemma is that I don’t even know the terminology to look this up on Google.

What I’m looking for is keywords or categories for particularly common staple categories of cheap food recipes. Whether rice-based, flour based, corn-based, or bean-based. (Or anything else).

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