This recipe was printed in the "Arizona Republic" newspaper when Chasen's closed its doors. Chasens was a Hollywood hangout. Elizabeth Taylor liked this chili so much that when she was on a movie set out of the country, she would have them ship it to her on location.
- 1 1⁄4 cups pinto beans
- 3 cups cold water
- 5 cups canned tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 cups chopped onions
- 4 cups chopped green peppers
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1⁄2 cup chopped parsley
- 4 ounces butter
- 3 1⁄2 lbs ground beef, coarsely ground
- 1⁄2 cup chili powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- Pour the beans in a saucepan and cook until tender, adding water if necessary Heat the oil in the skillet, add the peppers and onions and cook until the onions are translucent.
- Add the garlic and parsley.
- Heat oil and butter in a pot large enough for all the ingredients.
- Add the beef and cook about 25 minutes, stirring to break up the lumps.
- Add the chili powder and cumin about halfway through the cooking process.
- Add the peppers and onions to the meat.
- Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
- Simmer for 60 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the beans and water and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
- Skim off fat.
- Serve with sour cream, chopped onions, shredded cheddar cheese and crackers.
OMG! I just made this chili and this is my new favorite chili! I agree with the other reviewer about cooking the meat with the spices brings out a wonderful flavor! I cut the recipe roughly in half and made it all in one pot instead of the three and it still came out GREAT! I cooked the beef in the oil and butter and then added the spices halfway through the meat being done then added the peppers, onions, garlic and parsley. I let that cook until the green pepper and onion started softening and then I followed the rest of the recipe adding all the other stuff in. (Except for the beans that went in after simmering for an hour) I used canned pinto beans so there was no need to precook the beans in step one. I just threw the can in after the chili simmered for an hour. Came out EXCELLENT! Very easy! Thank you for sharing this recipe, James!! I finally have a chili recipe that I actually really like now!
I made this for company and it was a hit! Some of the kids didn't finish their portion and I caught their dad eating it up before he put the plate in the dishwasher! (He had already had 3rds!) I didn't put in the beans because I am the only one in the family that likes them and I did it in the crock pot, letting it simmer all day. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!
This chili was a big hit! I have tried many chili recipes and this was the best by far! I substituted 1 lb of ground beef w/pork sausage-but everything else stayed the same. Perfect for a get together.