Clay's Kitchen : Chili Recipes

Chili Recipes

© Copyright 1995-2017, Clay Irving <clay@panix.com>, Manhattan Beach, CA USA

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Chasen's Famous Chili

Chasen's was a prime celebrity hangout in Hollywood. Its tales of Old Hollywood are legendary. Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre once got drunk together at Chasen's bar, and made off with the restaurant's immense safe, which they rolled out the door and abandoned in the middle of Beverly Boulevard. Bing Crosby took the entire Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team to Chasen's for dinner in 1949.

Jimmy Stewart had his bachelor party at Chasen's in 1949, complete with two midgets dressed in diapers. Orson Welles fired John Houseman at Chasen's and threw a flaming can of Sterno at his former partner. At one time, the restaurant even included a sauna and a full-time barber!

After 59 years of operation, the legendary Chasen's closed its doors on April 1, 1995.

½ pound dry pinto beans
5 cups canned tomatoes (try 3 instead)
1 pound chopped green peppers
1 ½ tablespoon salad oil
1 ½ pounds chopped onions
2 cloves crushed garlic
½ cup chopped parsley
½ cup butter
2 ½ pounds beef
⅓ cup chili powder
2 tablespoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon cumin
1 pound lean pork

Sauté meat in butter. Cook beans, add tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Sauté green pepper and onions until tender. Add garlic and parsley. Add meat to onion mixture. Add chile powder. Cook 10 minutes. Add to beans and rest of spices. Simmer covered for 1 hr. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Skim fat from top and serve.


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