Monday, November 7, 2016

Dry Chili Mix {Meal in a Jar}

This hearty mix comes together in minutes to create a delicious chili.  If you aren't into the whole "meal in a jar" thing, by all means just throw this together for a quick dinner any night of the week.
  If you are looking for convenient gift giving this Christmas, this ticket fits the bill.  I like to pair this meal with home made corn bread (also available as a dry mix).

Aside from the convenience of having ready made meals like this lining your shelves, these make excellent options for camping, hunting or 72 hour kits.  These can just as easily be put into mylar bags, or if you aren't worried about shelf life, a ziplock would work just fine.
The shelf life of this chili mix is 1 year.  If you have a food saver with the ability to seal a mason jar or vacuum seal a mylar bag, you can extend the shelf life up to 15 years if kept in a cool, dry place.
You can use any brand of freeze dried or dehydrated foods here, but I've included links to the products that I personally use.  The most important thing is to use instant beans; this allows for long term storability with minimal cooking time and water.  You can click here to find out more about how you can earn these products for free or half off.

Dry Chili Mix {Meal in a Jar}

1 c. freeze dried beef (I used 1/2 hamburger, 1/2 roast beef)
1/2 c. freeze dried tomato dices (i omitted these)
1 Tbsp. beef bouillon
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 
salt and pepper, to taste

To make the chili:
Add 8 cups of water to a pot over high heat.
Add entire contents of jar and bring to a boil.
Simmer over medium heat until beans are cooked through, 20-30 minutes.
This chili will thicken up quiet a bit during the final minutes of cooking time, so don't panic if it looks too watered down, just keep boiling.

Serve with shredded cheese, optional.

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