I love getting and giving gifts from my kitchen. It makes me feel so valued when someone takes the time to make something and then give it to me.
I especially like savory things that give me a quick meal to throw together - so I can get back to the frantic pace of shopping, mailing, decorating . . . etc., etc., etc. . .
Trust Me: your friends and family will thank you for this if it winds up on their doorstep.
This is a super easy vegetarian chili to stir together and then simmer, or just stir together in the slow cooker. Try it for a fabulous Meatless Monday. Turn on and the just sit back and wait for the house to smell amazing.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
-- posted by Donna
THREE BEAN CHILI MIX
2 pounds dried black beans
2 pounds dried pinto beans
2 pounds dried Great Northern beans
¾ cup dried minced onion
¾ cup dried minced tomatoes
¼ cup chili powder
½ cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Stir together all beans, minced onion and minced tomatoes. Mix together remaining ingredients and divide evenly into 8 small zip top bags. Scoop up 2 cups of bean mixture into each of 8 gift bags or jars. Place on bag of spice mixture into each jar. Each batch will make 6 to 8 servings of chili.
TO MAKE CHILI:
Combine 2 cups of mix with 8 cups of water in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for one hour.
Add to pot 2 cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes with juices; 2 cans (14 ounces each) vegetable broth; one can (8 ounces) tomato sauce; one tablespoon vinegar; one bag of spice mixture.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and simmer about 2 hours, or until beans are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Check out other foodies vegetarian chilis:
Smoked Spice Vegetarian Chili, A Food Centric Life
Ultimate Veggie Chili, Apron Strings
Vegetarian Chili, Nutrition to Kitchen
Southwestern Gumbo, Barbara Bakes
Smoky Bean and Corn Chili, Cookin Canuck
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup, Kalyn's Kitchen
What a lovely reminder that homemade food gifts are a brilliant idea, are well-received, and don't always have to be something sweet!
Happy Holidays to you and yours
Thanks so much Seattle Dee - Have a most joyful holiday season!
What a cute gift, these look delicious!! Happy New Year! xoxo
This would be perfect on a cold day like today!