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Chasen's Famous Chili

Chasen's was an Old Hollywood restaurant frequented by Elizabeth Taylor and many other stars. If you want to skip the dried-bean step, you can substitute two (15-ounce) cans of pinto beans that have been drained and rinsed. Add some cornbread and a salad for the perfect casual dinner on a cold night.

Oxmoor House SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 10 (serving size: 1 cup)
  • Hands-on: 28 Minutes
  • Total: 3 Hours, 22 Minutes


  • 1 cup dried pinto beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground round
  • 1/2 pound lean ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Sort and wash beans; place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.

2. Add 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in tomatoes; cook 5 minutes.

3. While beans cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add parsley and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add ground round and remaining ingredients; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add meat mixture to bean mixture. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

Kids Can Help: Let the kids stir the pot while the meat is browning and the tomatoes are cooking. They'll feel like real cooks. Just make sure you stay close.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 282
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 12.1g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 20.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.2g
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Cholesterol: 53mg
  • Iron: 3.9mg
  • Sodium: 486mg
  • Calcium: 75mg

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