Painted Desert Chili Mix in a Jar

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.


Most Helpful

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

chercon January 06, 2012

This was very easy to put together and such a nice presentation. I followed some of the other reviewer's tips and added a few extra beans and tamped everything down good. Great looking Christmas gift for my chili-loving friends. Thanks for posting dicentra ~ made for LET'S PARTY TAG, December 2009!

FloridaNative December 31, 2009

This is a gorgeous and declicious gift! My Girl Scout troop made cookies, brownie, chile and soup mix in a jar and sold the jars at craft shows. I tested this recipe first in a quart sized jar and added an extra 1/4 cup of red beans and maybe upped some of the other beans slightly to fill the jar to the top. It made a gigantic amount of wonderful chile. For the Girl Scout sale, we halved the ingredients, added the extra 1/8 cup red beans. I still used the full 2 pounds of ground turkey with the the 1/2 recipe. I would add an option to the directions to add red pepper flakes or cayenne (cautiously) to taste.

cmiller November 22, 2009

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