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Taco Chili Mix

During the busy holiday season, folks are thrilled to receive a jar of chili fixings for a no-fuss dinner. The flavor is fantastic!—Suzette Jury, Keene, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1/2 cup dried kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup dried red beans
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 cups tortilla chips
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce and sliced ripe olives


  • Layer the beans in a 1-qt. glass jar. Place seasonings in a small resealable plastic bag; place in jar. Top with chips. Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months. Yield: 1 batch.
  • To prepare chili: Remove chips and seasoning packet from jar and set aside. Sort beans and rinse in cold water.
  • Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let soak for 1 to 4 hours or until softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  • Return beans to the pan. Add contents of seasoning packet and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add to the bean mixture; stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Crush tortilla chips. Stir into chili; cook for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Serve with cheese, lettuce and olives if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 231 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 699mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 medium-fat meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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