It is the best I have had and make it often. I also give it as gifts (see Note). It is actually my daughter's base for chili and my spices. The two combined make a delicious pot. NOTE: For gift giving just package up the first 4 ingredients in one baggie. In another baggie place the last 8 ingredients. Give with the recipe on how to prepare it printed on a pretty tag. Also, if you are feeling really lazy, you could substitute about 3-4 cans of kidney beans/pinto beans or a mixture of both in place of the dry beans.