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Arizona Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Recipe Ingredients

1 pound dried black beans

1 pound dried red beans

1 pound dried kidney beans

1 pound dried navy beans

1 pound dried great northern beans

1 pound dried baby lima beans

1 pound dried large lima beans

1 pound dried pinto beans

1 pound dried green split peas

1 pound dried yellow split peas

1 pound dried black-eyed peas

1 pound dried green lentils

1 pound dried brown lentils

Method

Combine beans in a very large bowl. Pour two cups of bean mix into attractive 16 ounce jars. The beans can also be layered for a pretty effect. Put in a few beans at a time until you have filled the jar.

Attach the following recipe to each jar.

Arizona Bean Soup

Beans from jar

1 smoked ham hock

2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

6 cups water

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves or parsley

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin seed

Cover beans with water and soak overnight.

Drain beans and place in a stockpot. Add ham hock, tomatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaf, 6 cups of water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Serve warm.

Makes 11 cups of soup.

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