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    4-Step-Chile Mix Gift Basket

    Source of Recipe

    adapted from old recipe from an unknown magazine

    Recipe Introduction

    Fun, easy, frugel and tasty!!! And you can spiff it up with your choice of packaging to make it beautiful.

    List of Ingredients

    1 pound dried kidney beans
    1 T minced onion, dried
    2 tsp Beef bouillon granules
    1 tsp Salt
    1/2 tsp Garlic powder
    1/2 T Chili powder
    1 tsp Dried oregano
    1/4 tsp Ground red pepper
    1 Bay leaf

    (I also like to include an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, an 6-8 oz. can of tomato paste but these are optional.)


    1-Place the beans into an airtight plastic bag.
    2-Combine minced onion, bouillon granules, and salt and garlic powder. Place in a small airtight plastic bag. Put bag in a colorful decorative bag and label it "Flavoring Packet".
    3-Combine remaining ingredients in a small airtight plastic bag. Place bag in a decorative bag and label it "Seasoning Packet".

    Place 1 bag beans, 1 Flavoring Packet and 1 Seasoning Packet in a napkin lined basket. Be sure to include directions for preparing on a gift card.

    1-Sort and wash beans. Place in a large soup pot.
    2-Cover with water 2 inches above beans; let soak 8 hours. Drain.
    3-Combine beans, 4 tbls. oil, Flavoring Packet and 7 cups water in a large heavy pot with lid. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour or until tender, stirring occasionally.
    4-Stir in 1 pound cooked ground beef, 8 oz can tomato sauce, 6 oz can tomato paste and Seasoning Packet.
    6-Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.




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