Walt Disney’s Chili and Beans

Total Time
5hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Walt Disney’s home and heart were in the South-west as evidenced by one of his favorite recipes. *NOTE:* For a very spicy chili, add a pinch of chili seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric, and 1 small yellow Mexican chili pepper.

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. Simmer about 4 hours, or until tender; add hot water if necessary, to maintain liquid level.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce. Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven; add garlic and ground beef; cook slowly until meat is lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients; simmer 1 hour.
  4. When beans are tender, add sauce to them and simmer 30 minutes. 3 to 3 1/2 quarts chili.
  5. Culinary Arts Institute: Canadian Family Cookbook.
Most Helpful

This chili was good. I added Rosemary, Oregano, Black Pepper and tomatoe paste. I also mixed a teaspoon of cold water with some flour and then added to the mixture to make it thicken more.

Torres January 20, 2008