Painted Desert Chili Mix in a Jar


  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons white cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup small dried white beans
  • 1/4 cup small dried black beans
  • Approximately 1 cup dried kidney beans


  1. Layer in a 1-quart jar.
  2. The ingredients are layered, like sand art. Don't worry about getting the layers even. The desert effect comes from the rippled appearance of the spices. One tip is to carefully add each seasoning along the edges of the jar, then fill in the middle of the layer. This way all of the beautiful colors show along all of the edges.
  3. Attach the following recipe to the jar.

Painted Desert Chili

Pour contents of jar into 12-quart pot.


1 medium diced onion
4 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 large can of tomato paste
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
49 ounces tomato juice
2 pounds ground beef or turkey, browned

Fill remainder of the pot with water. Bring to boil. Let simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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