Life as Lou

Cookin’ With Augason Farms

  • February 6, 2012 7:48 pm

Today we are going to look at a few great Augason Farms products, as well as some recipes that will go beautifully with your food storage!  Beans are the food I’m featuring today, and although there are a million excellent recipes calling for beans, I’m going to show off two of my favorites. Legumes are a food storage staple.  They are loaded with nutrients and can be prepared as a meat substitute for many meals.

a solid food storage has a good supply of legumes!

When I hear the word beans, the first place my brain goes is to my chili recipes.  Chili is perfect for a cozy mid-winter night and great in the summertime slathered over a hot dog or drowning a fry bread taco in flavor. Chilies almost always make for great freezer meals as well, and are easy to make ahead of time and store for situations when you just don’t have the time or energy to cook, such as preparation for a surgery or new baby or a particularly busy season at work.

So let me share one of my favorites!

Chicken Taco Chili

1 cup chopped onion- fresh or Augason Farms dehydrated onions
34 oz of black beans- two cans or appx 2-3 cups of dried
16-oz kidney beans- one can or appx 1-1 1/2 cups dried
1 16 oz can tomato sauce- or Augason Farms Tomato Powder
10 oz corn (frozen, canned or freeze dried)
2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies (used a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes)
1 taco seasoning packet
1 tbsp cumin
2-4 tbsp chili powder depending on how hot you like your chili- I usually go about 3
24 0z. (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts, left over chicken or canned chicken if you are going pantry only.
chopped chili peppers (this is optional)
chopped fresh cilantro (also optional)

This is a very simple recipe- dump it all into a crock pot and let it simmer until it is hot and blended together.

I like to serve it over Augason Farms Corn Bread.  YUM!


Now, we need some chocolate to go with that super yummy chili.  Did you know that if you eat something too spicy and need to fix that burning sensation chocolate is a guaranteed fix?  It is the best natural remedy out there!

Augason Farms has a great brownie mix (and it is on sale right now as part of the Valentine’s Day sale).  I know you may be asking why I keep “junk food” in my food storage.  Isn’t food storage just beans and rice and essentials so we don’t starve to death?  Well, yes.  That is obviously the first priority.  However, comfort foods can make a huge difference in morale, and a chewy brownie can be a very soothing treat in a time when food is scarce or resources are tight.

Plus, you can make brownies healthier by adding black beans. Yes, you read that right. They will be lower calorie, lower sodium, higher protien and fiber- and they’ll be CHOCOLATE!

Bean Brownies


1 brownie mix

1 15 ounce can  (or 1.5 cup of dry) black beans

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (if you feel so inclined)

How to:

Rinse the beans. Put the beans back in the can and add enough water to cover beans. Puree the beans and water until they are a well blended paste. Add brownie mix to black bean puree and mix. Cook in greased 9 X 9 baking pan. Bake brownies according to package directions. You will probably need to bake them a little longer- just test them with a toothpick to make sure they are cooked through.  Makes about 20 super yummy brownies.

Now, I want to show you a really great new product Augason Farms has come out with.  They have these new emergency pails that contain enough food for one person for 11 days as well as a self filtering water container.  These are perfect for emergency situations, 72 hour kits (we have 2 as part of our family’s 72 hour kit), camping or quick and easy on the go food situations! They also just came out with a larger version (I so want this! And it is on sale right now!) that has enough food for 30 days.  Get one for each family member and you have an instant one month supply for your whole family, complete with cooking instructions and suggestions.  And, yes, it has a 25 year shelf life, so once you have your buckets, you are good to go for a quarter of a century.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, and in connection with Augason Farms, I am giving away one of the 4 gallon buckets, as pictured in the the photo above.  This is a $75 value and I can’t wait to send it off to one lucky, lucky reader!

You have three chances to win.

1) Leave me a comment right here.  Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.

2) Go LIKE Augason Farms on Facebook!  They like you, so go like them back!

3) Tweet, Facebook or Blog about this give-a-way and link back to this post.

Drop me a comment for each entry, and I will randomly draw a winner on V-day!

Good luck!


  1. Sue says:

    The elephant is a nice touch. Elephants never forget to be prepared. :)

  2. Lynn C says:

    Would love to have one of these on hand…I’m afraid that I would be opening it and trying everything right away
    so I could order more of what I truly like.
    Thanks for the opportunity, Leah.

  3. Amanda McLaws says:

    Your food storage posts are always so inspiring! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Melanie says:

    The chili recipe looks great! I think I’ll try a chicken-less version as well.

  5. Melanie says:

    I liked them on facebook! Thanks for all of the great food storage ideas.

  6. Melanie says:

    Your link is posted on my facebook page. Hopefully lots of my friends will read and get some great ideas!

  7. amie says:

    How awesome, great giveaway. I’d definitely love to win this. I have to tell you though, I tried the black bean brownies before, and I couldn’t get past the consistency and the fact that I was eating BEAN brownies. I even shared them with a neighbor, not telling her what the mystery ingredient was. We both decided we’d never willingly eat them again. I hope yours turn out much better!

  8. Rocky says:

    The recipes sound good I will have to give them a try

  9. Laurie Schwartz says:

    Been contemplating Augason Farms purchases for awhile, especially for the emergency storage for my Home Daycare. Was thrilled to see they sell alot of products at our Walmart in town. Would be even more thrilled to win some! Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. oh, I would love to win some emergency bucket. I am slowly building my Emergency supply and this would help me greatly. Thanks for the chance.

  11. I already LIKED Augason Farms on FB!

  12. Tiffanie Judd says:

    Enter me!! Liked them already!!

  13. Kim Grant says:

    This looks awesome!! I am just beginning to ponder my storage and this would be a great way to begin! Thank you Augason Farms for the opportunity….

  14. CATHARINE R says:

    It would be great to win the Emergency Food Supply bucket! Thank you for the opportunity!
    cer5555 at gmail dot com

  15. CATHARINE R says:

    I like Augason on Facebook (Catharine Elizabeth)
    cer5555 at gmail dot com

  16. Sandra Simkins says:

    I would love to win this pail ……I already liked Augason Farms on FB.
    Emergency food storage is a priority since it has saved our family on more than one occasion.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  17. Lisa says:

    What great recipe ideas Leah!

  18. That is one cute lil rose bush :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I “like” Augason Farms on Facebook

  20. Jennifer A says:

    Would LOVE to win this!!! :)

  21. Jennifer A says:

    Already like Augason Farms on FB!

  22. Christa says:

    Already was a fan of Augason farms. Learned about your blog from their post on facebook about this giveaway. Reposted it myself. Now going to check out more of your blog.

  23. Terry Browning says:

    Might have to try the bean brownies just to satisfy my curiosity. And since I wasn’t the big winner of Augason’s last give away I figured it can’t hurt to try yours. Thank you. :)

  24. Bertha Figard says:

    Blackbean Brownies, oh my, I can not wait to try these. I love black beans, and my kids love brownies…..:D :D :D

  25. Gerae says:

    Thanks for the recipes! Will have to try adding beans to my brownie mix and see if the kids notice!

  26. Gerae says:

    I “Like” Augason Farms on facebook :)

  27. i like the items i get from your store. they are good quality.

  28. Nina C says:

    I would love to have some small food storage while we are stuck in our condo! That bucket would be like three day food kit in a very small space! Here’s hoping!

  29. Dave says:

    Building storage now, would love to have this bucket of Goodness.

  30. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the bean brownie recipe

  31. Alexandrea M says:

    I really love that idea, thank you for keeping on coming out with innovative ideas!

  32. Alexandrea M says:

    And I’ve liked Augason Farms on Facebook for awhile, but I was too shy to tell them to their face ;)

  33. WE would LOVE to win one of these!

  34. I just shared your link on Facebook, too!

  35. Melissa says:

    I really just need to bite the bullet and by some food storage. Just terrified to get started.

  36. Helen Gunther says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  37. Melissa says:

    I am already and have been friends with Augason Farms on FB.

  38. Crystal Walk says:

    I have several cans of your food under my bed ;)
    Can’t wait to try the brownie recipe!

  39. tamie says:

    would LOVE to have one of these for my family

  40. Kim says:

    I can’t wait to try the Bean Brownies and of course I would love to win the Emergency Food Supply.

  41. Kathy Hollett says:

    Looking forward to winning this…great idea!!!!

  42. Elissa Pugh says:

    Can’t wait to try those brownies!

  43. Tara says:

    I bought a small can of Scrambled Egg Mix from them a couple of months ago. I figure that if they can make a decent egg or milk product, then they are going to do well with pretty much everything else (I have had some NASTY powdered eggs). Augauson Farms puts out a decent egg. My kids didn’t notice huge difference and I only noticed a slight difference in taste from a regular egg. I think I’m sold!

  44. Lana D says:

    would love this bucket!!

  45. Tara says:

    And I already liked them on FB

  46. We have a great bunch of gals in our branch who are always looking for fun ways to use their food storage. I can’t wait to share these recipes and encourage them to come read your blog! Most of us already follow Augauson Farms and have friended them on FB so having recipes that use items that come from their store helps us to make sure we are rotating through our stores :D

  47. Corene hutchings says:

    Thank-you for the recipes-they look great!
    Those buckets look awesome-a must have
    Thanks again

  48. Kris B says:

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  49. Corene hutchings says:

    I also follow augason farms on Facebook.

  50. Jamie talbot says:

    Looks like a great product for emergency kits-what a great idea!
    Thanks for the recipes and ideas.

  51. Jamie talbot says:

    I already follow augason farms on Facebook…..

  52. Corene hutchings says:

    I just shared your link on Facebook!

  53. Jamie talbot says:

    I also just shared your link on Facebook!!!!

  54. Tara says:

    LOVE the idea of the 30 days in a bucket!

  55. Brandon Hodges says:

    Very creative! I’ll be sure to ask the wife politely if she can make these for the family.

  56. Keri Lafferty says:

    This would be a fantastic addition to food storage, If I didn’t break into it to try everything out! Good luck to everyone entering to win!

  57. Casie says:

    I’m trying to get my husband to start thinking about some preparedness prepping. This would be a great start!

  58. Casie says:

    I liked Augason Farms on facebook too!

  59. Tanya says:

    Ok, I have to admin I am highly skeptically of bean brownies….sounds gross, but I trust you, I think. Lol. I think I will make them and let my kids be the guinea pigs! Already an Augason Farms fan on fb and a customer! :)

  60. kim says:

    this sounds great. thanks leah.

  61. Janet Yamamoto says:

    So excited to try the Black Bean Brownies!

  62. Janet Yamamoto says:

    I Liked Auguson Farms on my FB page!

  63. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Entry 1: I like how you explained how to add Black Bean Puree to your brownie mix. Thanks.

  64. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Entry 2: Liked Augason Farms on FB. Left a comment there under the post that brought me here.

  65. Jeri Hager says:

    Auguson Farms is awesome!!!

  66. Betty Penrod says:

    I have already liked them on facebook. I like the recipes you shared. Wr received one of the buckets for Christmas. However, we need another one for my husband. Then we’ll both have a month’s supply ready to grab and go if needed. Thanks

  67. Kristy Martin says:

    I like the idea of a healthy, worthwhile giveway. Plus I am shamed of my food storage, it is so lacking. I know better than to let it get so slim. This is exciting.

  68. William Maugans says:

    Love the new buckets.

  69. Melissa says:

    Wow! What awesome info you have shared! Love the brownie recipe! Gotta go check out the Auguson Farms website. :)

  70. Melissa says:

    I just Liked Auguson Farms on FB!

  71. Linda Hall says:

    What a great idea. I would love to have one of the Emergency buckets.

  72. Lanna says:

    Neat bucket’o'food. :) Could definitely come in handy.

  73. Lanna says:

    I already like Augason Farms on FB.

  74. Shanon Gibson says:

    I don’t have food storage items in my pantry but would love to start. The Air Force is moving us to Kentucky this summer and I worry about tornadoes so having a head start on my emergency preparedness would be such a huge help! Thanks for the chance to win this!

  75. Zarah says:

    LOVING these posts so much! Have to try making brownies with beans. I’ve bseen that before, but forgotten – so thank you for the reminder!!
    The emergency pails look fantastic!! I have to go check if they have vegetarian options, because that’d rock! :D

  76. jaime says:

    Yummy Brownies! A great way to sneak in healthy into dessert!

  77. jackie says:

    ‘Like’ GF, since there is no ‘love it!, love it! love it!’ button. I really appreciate recipes that sneak in healthy choices like the beans in the brownie mix!LOL! Learning new tricks all the time, thanks to you and the others who share good recipes on facebook! Gotta get on the ‘bucket list’, looks like a great ‘grab and go’. I especially like the H20 bottle!

  78. Lisa Field says:

    These are PERFECT! What a great gift for my newlywed daughter & her husband!! Love it!

  79. nancy hill says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipes as well as reminding me to get busy and replenish a few things I’ve used lately!

  80. Natalie says:

    What a neat giveaway! I would love to stock up on essentials!

  81. love augason farms products. we have been purchasing one months kits for long term storage

  82. Sanisi says:

    I ‘Like’ Augason Farms. I wish I could buy an easy food kit like that.

  83. Sanisi says:

    Have you tried refried beans, yet? That would probably be top on my list.

  84. KellyG says:

    Great stuff, love the idea of those buckets!!

  85. KellyG says:

    I like Augason Farms on FB!

  86. Heather Robertson says:

    going to have to try those brownies – what a great giveaway

  87. Wendy Dwight says:

    We actually tried making brownies with black beans before and it turned out pretty good. Allen said he could taste the black beans a little but I think that was because we used canned beans. I think maybe it was the salt that was added in that he was tasting. I think if I cooked them up myself to use he might not know the difference. I thought it would be good way to make brownies a little more healthy. Also, when we were in Japan we noticed they have a red bean paste that they use in pastries and sweets all the time. It’s a really sweet tasting red bean they grow in Japan and they use it to sweeten up just about everything from pastries to ice cream. Reb bean ice cream is a really interesting culinary experience to say the least, right up there it avocado and rose water ice cream.

  88. Lindsay Peterson says:

    Both these recipes look great! I may have to try them sometime! Thanks

  89. Leah L says:

    Beans and brownie mix? That’s so crazy, I have to make it! Thanks for the recipe.

  90. Caitlin C. says:

    My fingers are crossed! This is just what we need!

  91. Cheryl says:

    Have just started ordering from Augasom Farms,,like their food supplies and service,,,hope to win..

  92. miriam says:

    Bean brownies? Where did you come up with that one? Will this work with all brownie mixes or just AF? Gonna have to try them. I also want one of the food storage buckets! Not having to worry about food storage for 25 years? Priceless!

  93. miriam says:

    Oh, I already like AF on FB. :)

  94. miriam says:

    Just shared your link on FB which gives me another entry but also hurts my chances since I KNOW one of my friends will be here to check this awesome blog out. ;)

  95. Annette Herbst says:

    I think this is a great idea. I try and keep enough stuff for 3 days per person.

  96. Holly Bartlett says:

    Hi Leah, I’m entering myself in your contest. :D Thanks!

  97. Tara says:

    Finally shared! And I have made bean brownies before. The weren’t as good as I’d hoped, but worked in a pinch. Maybe it was the recipe I used. I’ll have to give yours a try. They look a lot better! :)

  98. Suzy Gray says:

    Thanks for the chance to win some healthy food

  99. Suzy Gray says:

    I liked them on fb

  100. Darci Galligo says:

    yah! now that’s what I’m talking about! Also gotta try those bean brownies, can we call them “special” brownie’s??

  101. Darci Galligo says:

    Shared the link!:D

  102. Darci Galligo says:

    Already like Auguson Farms.

  103. Cori says:

    Cool beans! LOL. I’d love to add this to my food storage. Miss you.

  104. elisha says:

    Yeah sounds good, like augason farms on fb, linked on my fb page…

  105. Sherri says:

    I was hungry when I began reading…now I’m starving! lol

  106. Cathy K. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win, like the idea of a bucket for each family member in case of an emergency, just so smart.

  107. Melinda says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win an emergency bucket! And thanks for the company’s information.

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  109. Gail S. says:

    Would love to win! The food looks yummy :)

  110. Renee says:

    You know, hubby is from hurricane country and I am from ice country and tornado alley. He has always told me we need to have a backup supply of food. I have never done it. Maybe I need to look into this stuff! Just not sure about the bean brownies though. Can’t wrap my mind around that one…

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