It’s easy to create your own convenience foods. I believe that “The best fast food comes from your own kitchen.”
I devoted a chapter to this concept in my cookbook, The Fix-it-Fast Vegetarian Cookbook, (which is now out of print). I call this time-saving strategy “fix-a-mix.”
Benefits of Making Your Own Mixes:
- Saves time
- Allows you to control which ingredients go in
- Saves money
- Saves trips to the store
- Avoids unwanted ingredients
One of the ways DIY mixes save time is through time efficiency by creating multiple mixes at the same time. This assembly line process uses time-and-motion economy to our advantage. You get the ingredients out once and clean up once. Score! I’m always in favor of less cleanup. That’s my least favorite part of cooking.
This vegan Chili Seasoning Mix works beautifully with Instant Pot Vegan Chili or Slow Cooked Vegan Chili. Using a mix in conjunction with a time-saving, hands-off kitchen appliance such as an Instant Pot or Crock-Pot reduces the assembly time, which means less hands-on time. Score!
This is time efficiency stacking: Time Saving Mix + Time-Saving Appliance = Minimal Hands-on Time
How to Make Chili Seasoning Mix
- Gather the ingredients and place them in order.
- Decide how many mixes to make, based on the availability of ingredients and how many you are likely to use within 6 months.
- Gather containers and set them up in rows.
- Create an assembly line.
- Put 1½ tablespoons chili powder in each container.
- Add cumin to each container.
- Repeat until all of the ingredients have been added.
- Stir the ingredients in each container and transfer them to small bags.
- Place in a larger bag or container that is labeled.
How to Turn Chili Seasoning Mix into a Gift
Here’s another advantage of mixes: they make great gifts. Put a pound (about 2 1/2 cups) of 3 different beans or just pinto beans in a decorative food-safe bag or jar. Adda packet of seasoning mix and a tag with the directions. Now you have a simple, beautiful, and inexpensive gift from your kitchen.
A Gift for Yourself
You can do the same as a gift for yourself. Skip the pretty bag. Put the beans in a zip-top quart bag. Include the directions. Your future hungry self will thank you!
Chili Seasoning Mix
- 1½ tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons granulated onion
- 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
- Stir ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Store in a small bag or container for up to 6 months.
- 1 seasoning mix will season 1 pound of beans, which makes about 8 cups.
- Because this mix contains salt, I find it’s best to create individual premeasured mixes instead of a bulk mix which is kept in one container and taken out as needed. Otherwise, the salt tends to settle and would not be evenly distributed.