Painted Desert Chili Mix in a Jar

I found this somewhere on the internet. It sounds so pretty! I'm putting it here for safe keeping. I haven't made this yet, but I think it would make a nice gift. Show more

Ready In: 1 hr 40 mins

Serves: 12




  1. The ingredients are layered, like sand art. Don’t worry about getting the layers even.
  2. 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 these instructions to the jar:
  4. Pour contents of jar into 12-quart pot.
  5. Add:
  6. 1 medium diced onion.
  7. 4 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes.
  8. 1 large can of tomato paste.
  9. 1/2 cup cider vinegar.
  10. 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  11. 49 ounces tomato juice.
  12. 2 pounds ground beef or turkey, browned.
  13. 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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Most Helpful Review

I received one of these at Christmas. I cooked it but did not have the tomato juice
or tomato paste (I have found adding tomato paste to chili caused heartburn so I don't use it) or onion so I put in about 4 tbs of minced onion, I only had two cans of diced tomatoes and they were the Delmonte zesty milld green chili's, I did not drain them. I used a jar of Ragu chunky garden vegetable, then filled up the sauce jar with water and added the water.
I simmered it for two & half hours and the beans were still crunchy. I added a can of black beans and and a can of red kidney beans because it was not thick like my guys like it to be.
I cook a lot of chili with kidney & black beans.
I'm not a fan of the taco seasoning in chili. I did not fill the pot with water to the top, only put in the sauce jar of water and it filled a big pot.
If I ever make this again I would do it in a crock pot
It seemed to take about 4 hours at a simmer. Its a really beautiful gift
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