Chili and Beans

READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
Recipe by Dreamgoddess

Walt Disney's home and heart were in the Southwest as evidenced by one of his favorite recipes. This is one of the Zaar recipes that I adopted. If I make any changes to the recipe, I'll post them.

Top Review by Jellyqueen

I did make a few changes to this recipe, but the changes I made didn't really affect the taste too much. I used stew meat instead of ground beef and I added a few drops of pepper sauce, because it just didn't have the kick to it that I was wanting. We just prefer the stew meat for the chili, so I cut the meat up into very small pieces and used that. Great recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water.
  2. Drain off water; put beans, onions and salt into a large kettle; add water to come 2 inches over beans.
  3. Simmer about 4 hours, or until tender; add hot water if necessary, to maintain liquid level.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare sauce.
  5. Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven; add garlic and ground beef; cook slowly until meat is lightly browned.
  6. Add remaining ingredients; simmer 1 hour.
  7. When beans are tender, add sauce to beef mixture and simmer for 30 minutes longer.
  8. NOTE: For a very spicy chili, add a dash or red pepper flakes, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and a small yellow Mexican chili pepper.

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