Warm you up Homemade Chili Kit

Warm up with a Homemade Chili Kit Free PrintableThe popularity of mason jars is just a bit over the top, in my opinion, but Gifts in a Jar have been around for ages. These can be creative, attractive, and very, very budget friendly indeed. You don’t HAVE to use a mason jar- any attractive, quart size container will do. (Just make sure it’s food grade, if you’re doing a food gift.) You can even use zippered food storage bags and a basket to present your gift. One of my all-time favorite such gifts was the year I had cayenne peppers from the garden that I had dried. I made home made chili kits, and I was able to add two home grown, dried chilis to each jar. I’ve got for you today instructions for how to assemble your jar, a recipe for my personal Saltless Chili Powder blend to include, and a FREE printable recipe card to attach. The recipe includes instructions for the carnivore version AND the vegetarian version of this excellent and filling chili recipe.

Warm up with a Homemade Chili Kit Free Printable

Meghan's Saltless Chili Powder

this is my personal chili powder blend. I developed this recipe to go along with my first husband's famous chili recipe, so he could customize the "hotness" and flavor blend to suit his cooking style.
Course spices
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Meghan Gray


  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper powder


  1. Blend well.
  2. Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dark place. Use within 3-6 months.

Recipe Notes

Garlic *powder* really makes a difference in this blend. I've also used garlic granules, and I haven't been as pleased. I usually have to go someplace that carries bulk spices to find true garlic powder. For spice lightweights, substitute milder ancho chili powder for the cayenne. (Actually my preference.)

To create Chili In A Jar, you’ll need 4 cups total of dried beans. In a quart size jar, layer any six of:

  • adzuki
  • kidney
  • great northern
  • navy
  • roman
  • black eyed peas
  • cranberry beans
  • pinto beans
  • pink beans
  • red beans

Leave a small “head space” at the neck of the jar. Black beans are no good for this, as they turn the chili a very unappetizing color. Package 1 Tablespoon of Meghan’s Saltless Chili Powder in a snack size zippered bag, and squeeze all the air out. Fold it into the head space, and put on your lid, with or without a square of decorative fabric between the lid and the band. (In case you aren’t sure what I’m talking about: Canning jar lids come in two pieces. A flat piece called the “lid,” and a screw on piece called the band.) If you have dried cayenne peppers, add them along with the bow. Punch a hole in your recipe card and tie a ribbon through it to attach to your jar, and gift with love. If you’re feeling extra fancy, include a copy of one of our cookbooks.

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About Meghan G

I like blues, punk, and crime drama. I love having boys, keeping active, and the outdoors. I'm a cat person, but I think dogs should have equal opportunities.

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44 Comments on “Warm you up Homemade Chili Kit”

  1. I love, love this idea. We make our own chili. I like to take it with me when we visit my Daughters because she likes it. This would be great to just give her a jar so she can make her own.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe for Chili in a jar with all of us! That’s really a terrific gift to give someone at anytime, but especially during the winter months! It’s nice to have everything except the sauce to add to the chili! I really do love this idea! Thanks for sharing your recipe with all of us! I really do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele πŸ™‚

  3. This might be for Christmas but I’m making a ton of these for my dad to have at his house. He definitely needs some good, hearty meals that he doesn’t have to do a lot of shopping for. πŸ™‚

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