Corn Chip Chili Mix

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley or cilantro (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated minced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups dry beans (such as black, pinto, garbanzo, or kidney)
  • 1- to 2-ounce package of corn chips, unopened
  • Wash hands.
  • Layer the ingredients in the order listed in a 1-quart glass jar or food-grade plastic container.
  • Place the corn chip package on top of the beans. Cover with lid. Attach gift tag with the following instructions:

Corn Chip Chili
Serves: 6
Serving size: about 1 1/4 cups


  1. Wash hands.
  2. Remove corn chips and set aside.
  3. Combine beans, seasonings, and 6 cups water in a large pan. Heat to boiling.
  4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 2 hours or until the beans are soft; stir occasionally.
  5. Stir in one undrained 15-ounce can diced tomatoes; return to simmer.
  6. Serve in soup bowls with corn chips atop each.
  • Using two or more kinds of beans makes this a more colorful gift jar.
  • Put the jar in a gift bag along with a can of tomatoes and the printed directions.
  • Consider saving one gift jar for your own ready-to-cook “end of the month” menu.
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