By James Craig on May 20, 2002
Photo by Southern Polar Bear
Photo by Southern Polar Bear
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (5208 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"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."
"Apparently, legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor had this chili flown in from Beverly Hills while working on Cleopatra in Rome in the 1960s. After making this recipe, I can see why! This will be my go-to chili recipe from now on."
"This recipe is so close to the one I had used for 30 years. Then the last 15 years I kept trying new recipes. So, last night I made this. The only difference was I added (1) small can of tomato sauce, and (1) small can of paste, like I use to. My husband said this is the best chili he has ever had, and I remembered how good the chili was I use to make. This made me wonder why I ever swayed away from it. Wonderful!!"
"Chili is fantastic! I bought chuck and pork shoulder and ground half at home and cubed the rest. Texture is perfect and the flavor has wonderful depth. I used Gebhardts chili powder based on other reviews/recipes that said it was essential and used by the restaurant. The only other alteration was half the butter...a full stick seemed excessive. It's one of the nicest chili recipes I've had. I plan to serve with homemade bread. We will definitely make this part of the winter menu! I used this version of the recipe to make a smaller batch. http://whatscookingamerica.net/Soup/ChasenChili.htm"
"This chili is fantastic and incredibly easy. I bought pork shoulder and beef chuck and then ground half the meat and cubed the rest. The texture of the chili was perfect with this combo. I used Gebhardt's chili powder based on other recipes/reviews stating that was what the original recipe called for. My husband and I agreed this is one of the better chili recipes we've had. To make a smaller batch I used the following recipe and cut the butter in half: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Soup/ChasenChili.htm"
"My family has been making this chili recipe since I was a small child more than 50 years ago. It's a recipe that stands up well. However, over the years, I've altered it a little. Here are my changes:
Instead of pinto beans, we use red beans. Red kidneys are okay but actually use red beans which are smaller and more tender.
Instead of parsley we use cilantro. When this recipe was first developed, cilantro was not commonly available in the US. Gives it a more authentic flavor.
Instead of canned whole tomatoes, use crushed tomatoes. makes the chili less watery.
Add chopped Chipotle peppers to give it a smoky, spicier flavor.
Now, we usually triple the recipe and don't add beans, and then freeze the chili in quart containers. Then when we thaw it out, we add the beans. Keeps them from losing their texture.
Hope you enjoy my suggestions."
"We thought this recipe was awesome. I did add some Cocoa powder to the final dish. The result is a very rich and flavor packed chili. I will make this one again!"
"We love this chili. I halved the recipe and added salt,drained the ground beef,used canned pinto and kidney beans."
"I was a little skeptical with using 3 pots to cook this chili, I usually throw it all in one but followed the recipe with the execption of no parsely, I didn't have any, and this was really really delicious. I think the cumin and green peppers really made a difference. What ever it was, this is a keeper!!! Thanks for posting!!"
"Love it, love it, love it! I have used chili beans when we are in a hurry. I have also used red kidney beans. This is our favorite chili recipe... It's going to be 28 tonight and we have it simmering now."
"Our church has an annual soup supper after church. I brought this chili and made it exactly as the directions said and it was wonderful. I brought it in a 7 and one half qt. crock pot and it all went. Thank you so much for this recipe. I will make it again and again and again!"
"Wow! I have tried several chili recipes and this is, by far, the best!!! The entire family enjoyed it, especially my four-year-old and eighteen-month-old who still have chili stains on their faces. It is not a spicy chili, but a very aromatic and flavorful chili. I also want to mention that I enjoyed the method used to cook this chili as much as I enjoyed eating it. Most chili recipes direct you to add the chili powder and cumin to an already soupy mix; this recipe directs you to "cook" the chili powder and cumin with the ground beef. In my opinion, this method seems to really bring out the full flavor of the chili. Thanks for a great recipe, James! It has become my standard chili recipe and, as a result, has earned a special place in my personal cookbook! "
"Fantastic!! I have never liked chili, but it is my husband's favorite. I made this recipe, and he said it was the best he had ever had! Best of all, I liked it, too. I cut the recipe in half since it is just the two of us, and it still made a lot of soup (my husband says he will eat it for lunch all week). Instead of the pinto beans, I simply added a can of hot chili beans after the hamburger was browned. Great recipe!! Thanks for sharing!!"
"Very good chili! I can't believe I actually used that much chili powder and didn't need milk to cool my mouth! It was perfectly blended with peppers and onions to create a splendid chili! Thank you for the post! My son said it was more filling than any of the other chilis we have made. Yum yum!"
"While eating his bowl of this chili, my husband said, "This is good! What makes this so much better than other chili recipes we've tried?" I personally think it is the green pepper and extra cumin, which we don't usually put in our other chili recipes. Chili powder usually has cumin as an ingredient but this bit of extra along with the sweetness that green peppers add make this recipe the one we will use from now on! Thanks for a great recipe! "
"Too cool if this really is Chasen's Chili recipe- either way, my family loved it and requested more more more. Thanks for posting!"