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Chili Jar Gift for Christmas

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A chili jar gift that you can make and gift this season.

The Christmas season for me is all about family, friends, food, tradition, and making special memories.  One of my favorite things to do is put together special gifts for those I love.  Learn how to create a chili jar gift this holiday season.

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I often find the perfect gift is something that a couple or family can enjoy together, something they may not take time to enjoy on a regular basis.  What better way to do that then with food!

Take a look at how you can create a gift that just about anyone on your list will enjoy. A delicious vegetarian chili jar gift!

Chili in a jar gift from Pick n Save

Here in Wisconsin it’s cold, oh so cold, in the winter.  I put together a special gift for my in-laws to help warm them up on a cold winter night.  

I wanted to give them the gift of a quiet night together. I put together a chili gift basket with everything they need to make a hearty warm winter dinner.  They both enjoy cooking so the bit of prep in this gift will go over well, and it is not perishable so it will be at home waiting for them {un spoiled} when they are ready to cook it up.

This chili in a jar gift was pretty easy to put together.  I started with a basic vegetarian chili recipe using dry and canned ingredients. The recipe below lays out what is in the jar and how my in-laws can easily cook it up when they are ready.

How to assemble the jar gift

In addition to the jar of chili ingredients I added can of stewed tomatoes, a box of macaroni, and a box of cornbread mix to a cute Christmas container to complete the meal.

To assemble the jar, I started by adding a 16 oz bag of soup beans to a 1 quart glass jar.  You can use any type of bean, I chose to use a good variety here.

Next I cut a 12×12 piece of parchment paper and added all my spices to it.

Spice packet for chili gift from Pick 'n Save

Once everything was on the paper, including the bullion cube, I folded it into an envelope, tied it with a piece of string, and stuck it on top of the beans in the jar.

Spice packet for chili in a jar gift from Pick 'n Save

That’s it for the jar!  Next I needed to pretty it up and assemble the gift.

I created a label for the jar using printable sticker paper. You can create your own sticker or handwrite a label for the jar.

Vegetarian chili in a jar gift from Pick n Save

I added everything to an adorable Christmas cookie container, similar to these. This can double as a cookie canister or decoration once the gift is eaten.

I made a simple card with a few embellishments on the front and directions for the chili on the inside. You can print these directions below.

Directions in a card for a chili in a jar gift from Pick n Save

This is all wrapped up under my tree, I am so excited to share it with my in-laws.

Vegetarian chili in a jar gift from Pick n Save

Vegetarian Chili in a Jar

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Chili in a jar gift, add all ingredients to a jar and give this as a gift.


  • 1 16 oz. bag 16 Bean Soup Mix
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dehydrated onions
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 quart glass jar
  • parchment paper
  • twine


    1. Add beans to the quart jar.  

    2. Mix all spices on a 12 x 12 piece of parchment paper.  Add 2 bay leaves and the bouillon cube and fold the parchment paper into a small packet, secure with twine.  Place the spice packet on top of the bean in the jar.

    3. Gift this jar with a can of stewed tomatoes and any extras you like with chili.  I included macaroni and cornbread mix.

    4. Include the following directions with the gift. Click here to print the directions.

    Directions: Remove spice packet from the jar and set aside. Rinse beans and place in a large stock pot. Cover by 1” of water. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for one minute. Remove from heat, cover and let soak for one hour. Drain and rinse beans. Return beans to the pot, add in spice packet, 1-14 ounce can of tomatoes and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer for 1-1/2–2 hours until beans are very tender and soup is thick. Serve with macaroni and cornbread.


    This recipe teaches you how to gift wrap chili! Give all the ingredients for a delicious cold weather staple that your friends and family can make any time.

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    Download the chili recipe directions and add it to a card along with the jar full of ingredients.

    Try these warm and cozy soup recipes this winter, some you can gift and all of them you can enjoy at home.

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    This post was originally written in 2014, updated with printable directions and added details on 2020.

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    Tuesday 8th of December 2020

    Love this idea! So are there two servings in that jar since there are 16 Oz of beans in a quart jar?


    Thursday 10th of December 2020

    2 or more servings, it makes a nice big pot of chili.

    Linda Strange

    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    where can i find the printable sticker for the vegetarian chili? thanks


    Wednesday 11th of November 2020

    I do not have a printable sticker available for this recipe, sorry about that.


    Wednesday 25th of October 2017

    I love this idea!!! My in-laws are actually extremely difficult to shop for so I think this is perfect and even if they don't like it then at least it is not terribly expensive. I love the detail in your post and the fact that you can get all of this at one store. It is refreshing to find a blog from someone in my own state so that I actually have the store your reference in my hometown. I am looking forward to any ideas you have for the 2017 Holiday season. Gift ideas for in-laws and easy Christmas brunch food for a get-together are some of the things I am looking for in an attempt to stay sane this holiday season in case you were looking for blogging ideas. Thank you!


    Wednesday 25th of October 2017

    Thank you so much for reading Ann! I am glad you liked this idea. I have some easy Christmas gift ideas and holiday prep posts planned for the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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