Place beans in an airtight plastic bag; set aside.
Combine instant minced onion and next 3 ingredients; place in
a small airtight plastic bag and, if desired, in a decorative
paper bag, and label "Flavoring Packet."
Combine chili powder and oregano, ground red pepper and bay
leaf; place in a small airtight plastic bag and, if desired,
in a decorative paper bag, and label "Seasoning Packet."
Place the bag of beans, flavoring packet, seasoning packet,
and the two cans in a small basket.
Attach a pretty ribbon and a gift tag with the following recipe.
New Year's Day Chili
Packet of beans Flavoring packet 7 cups water 1 pound ground beef 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste Seasoning packet
Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with
water and let soak for 8 hours.
Drain beans. Combine beans, flavoring packet and water in a
large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer
1 hour stirring occasionally.
Stir in ground beef, cooked and drained, tomato sauce, tomato
paste and seasoning packet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and
simmer, uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove
and discard bay leaf.