2Combine instant minced onion, bouillon, salt, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder and oregano, cayenne pepper and bay leaf; place in a small airtight plastic bag and place the plastic bag in a decorative paper bag, and label "Seasoning Packet."
3Place the seasoning packet in the basket. Attach a pretty ribbon and a gift tag with the following instructions:
1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained (optional)
Drain and rinse cans of beans. Place in a large dutch oven. Add cooked ground beef (if using). Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and seasoning packet. Add water as needed, depending on how thick you like it.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf.