Dave's Old Fashioned Chili

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Recipe by Toni in Colorado

I have a 1994 edition of Colorado Cooks for Education. There are over 400 celebrity contributors, one of which is Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's. Here is his recipe for chili. I think it's different than what is served today! I have not tried this recipe to compare, but thought it would be interesting to include it for all us chili fans.

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  1. In a frying pan, brown ground beef. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and drained ground beef into a 6 quart pot. Cover and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  2. A note added: "Dave likes to add fresh, chopped onions on top of his chili serving.".
  3. My note: I'm guessing that by "small red beans" he meant pinto beans.
  4. This yields 16 (8 ounce) servings.

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