How to Create Your Own Chili Beans: A Budget-Friendly and Convenient Recipe

Canning Chili Beans: A Smart Choice for Busy Homeschooling Parents

As a parent who homeschools, I understand the importance of convenience and affordability. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a simple and cost-effective method for making your own chili beans. With just a little effort, you can have a supply of flavorful and convenient canned beans that will last for weeks.

This tutorial for how to can chili beans is a must-have for making your own convenience food!

From Bean Lover to Bean Connoisseur

Growing up in an Amish community, beans have been a staple in my diet. We cultivated, dried, preserved, and consumed beans regularly. However, it was in my adult years, when I started cooking with beans out of choice rather than necessity, that I truly discovered their versatility and potential.

I learned that using a slow cooker to cook beans doesn’t eliminate the substances that cause gas. To fully enjoy beans without the unwanted side effects, it’s essential to boil or pressure cook them. Soaking the beans beforehand and adding bay leaves during cooking also helps reduce gas. You can find more tips in my article on how to prepare beans using an instant pot.

This newfound knowledge transformed my relationship with beans. I went from loving their taste but dreading the aftermath to genuinely wanting to incorporate them into more meals. This is one of the many reasons why I find canning my own beans so rewarding.

Jars of canned chili beans outside a pressure canner

Advantages of Canning Your Own Beans

In addition to being gentler on your digestive system compared to commercially canned beans, canning your own beans offers a host of benefits. Firstly, it’s a more cost-effective option. While store-bought canned beans may not break the bank, they can’t beat the affordability of purchasing dry beans and rehydrating them yourself. Let me guide you through the process of canning chili beans at home.

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Chili beans ready for canning

Secondly, canning your own beans allows you to enjoy the convenience of having readily available cans on your pantry shelves while still enjoying the nutritional benefits of homemade cooking. It’s a win-win situation.

Although canning refried beans may not be practical due to limited storage space, they are simple enough to make and store in your fridge or freezer. Instead, I focus my canning efforts on creating home-canned baked beans and chili beans, which serve as delicious heat-and-eat convenience foods.

The Journey to Canning Chili Beans

My journey in canning chili beans began spontaneously. I had a rough idea of the process, but I had never attempted it before. What I did know was that I loved having cans of chili beans in my pantry to enhance my chili recipes. They added great flavor and convenience, but I disliked the cost and waste associated with tin cans.

A bowl full of chili beans ready for canning

I decided to can these beans with enough chili sauce so that they could serve as a vegetarian chili on their own. This meant that if I didn’t have the time or inclination to brown ground beef or pork, I could simply heat up a jar of these flavorful beans and enjoy a satisfying meal. Trust me, they’re delicious even without additional ingredients!

Making Space for Canned Goodness

Before we delve into the process of canning chili beans, you might be wondering where I store all my canned goods in our small, remodeled mobile home. Fortunately, we have more pantry space than most mobile homes, thanks to our laundry room setup and my husband’s makeshift shelving skills (he keeps promising to build better ones, but I’m satisfied with how they work for now!).

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Additionally, pint jars fit neatly under our bed, while quarts fit perfectly under the kids’ beds since they are slightly elevated. Storing food under everyone’s beds may sound unusual, but if it works, why not?

How we store our canned food in such a small house

Get ready to embark on your own chili bean canning adventure and experience the convenience and cost savings of homemade canned goods. In the next section, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of canning delicious chili beans that will elevate your meals effortlessly.

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