Real Recipes for Real People: Red's Homemade Chili Mix in a Jar!

by Kaylin Cherry

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As grocery prices rise again and again, I have found myself buying fewer pre-made mixes from the grocery store. I do, however, miss the convenience of pre-made mixes, so I have come up with a few of my own. I have found the following recipe to be not only convenient, but also an easy mix to store because the ingredients store well. You can use regular canning jars for this recipe, or you can recycle mayonnaise, peanut butter or applesauce jars to make the recipe even more economical.

Red's Homemade Chili Mix in a Jar

1- 16 ounce can tomato paste
3 cups dried kidney beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup dried minced onion
1 t. salt
1 t. low-sodium beef bullion
1/2 t. celery salt
1/2 t. garlic salt
1 T. chili powder
1/2 t. black pepper

Set can of tomato paste aside. Place beans in bottom of one-quart canning jar. Next, place sugar and spices into a small zip baggie. Seal baggie and place on top of beans. Place lid on jar, and using clear packaging tape, attach can of tomato paste to the bottom of the jar and store in a cool dry place until ready to use. Attach the following instructions for later use, or for gift giving:

Red's Homemade Chili

Remove seasoning packet from jar and set aside. Place beans in a Dutch oven sized pan and cover with water (at least two inches over top of beans) to sit overnight. Next day, boil beans in same water for one hour or until tender. Rinse and set aside (refrigerate if this will sit longer than 30 minutes). One hour and 15 minutes before you are ready to serve your meal, brown 1 pound of lean ground beef in a large skillet, and drain. Place beans, ground beef, seasoning packet and tomato paste in the pan. Fill can with water 3 times and add to mixture. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for one hour.

copyright 1999, Kaylin Cherry/Real Food for Real People All Rights Reserved.

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