Taco Chili with Mix

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 2 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Taco Chili Mix:

1 cup dried kidney beans

1/2 cup dried pinto beans

1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (1-ounce) package buttermilk salad dressing mix

3 tablespoons dried minced onion

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1 1/2 cups corn or tortilla chips

Taco Chili:

1 packet Taco Chili Mix

4 cups water

1 (11 3/4-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles

1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained


  1. For the mix: In a 1-quart wide mouth jar, layer kidney and pinto beans.
  2. In a small bowl, combine taco seasoning mix, dried salad dressing mix, onion, chili powder, and cumin. Wrap seasonings in plastic wrap or cellophane and place in jar.
  3. Put chips in a bag and place in jar. Decorate with ribbon or fabric.
  4. For the chili: Place beans in a large bowl, cover with water and soak 6 to 8 hours, or overnight. Drain and add to a Dutch oven. Add seasoning packet, water, diced tomatoes and green chiles, tomato sauce, and ground beef.
  5. Heat to boiling, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, or until beans are tender. Serve with corn or tortilla chips.