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Taco Chili Gift MixChili

Jami Nolen, Nutrition Program Associate

December 2, 2012


Gifts from the kitchen are always fun to give and receive. Put this mix in a festive jar, attach a gift tag with instructions and you have a fun, easy gift!



  • 1/2 cup dried kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup dried red beans
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or chipotle chili pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cups tortilla chips, slightly crushed



  1. Layer ingredients in a 1-quart, wide-mouth jar in the following order: kidney beans, pinto beans and red beans. Place the taco seasoning mix, onion, chili powder and cumin in small plastic zip-type bag. Seal bag and place bag in jar. Add tortilla chips. Seal jar.


Decorate jar and attach the following instructions on a gift tag:


Taco Bean Chili

Makes 6 to 8 servings.



  • 1 jar Taco Bean Chili Mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (14½ ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (Ro*Tel), undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey, browned and drained
  • Shredded cheese, chopped lettuce, sliced black olives (optional)



  1. Remove tortilla chips and seasoning packet from jar mix. Set aside.
  2. Place beans in large bowl. Cover with water. Soak 6 to 8 hours or overnight. To quick-soak beans, place beans in large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak, covered, 1 hour. Drain beans, discard water.
  3. Place soaked beans, water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, ground beef and contents of seasoning packet in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer 1 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  4. Crush tortilla chips. Stir into chili and cook 5 to 10 minutes to thicken. Serve with cheese, lettuce and olives, if desired.


*Use leftover chili to make a taco salad.




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