Sunday, March 22, 2020

Walt Disney's Favorite Chili Recipe: Comfort Food For Stressful Times

I think we could all use some delicious comfort food right now.  

Since most of us are hunkering down with our families I can't think of anything more comforting than Walt's Chili.  I have gone into the Picturing Disney archives to bring you all a little taste of "HOME"
Enjoy and stay safe my dear friends.

Do you love the food at Disney Parks?  

After coming home from my first Disneyland trip many years ago I was craving something classic Disney. With fall on the horizon "Walt’s Own Chili" recipe sounded fabulous!

This dish never disappoints. I used the Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs cookbooks as my base. I made the recipe more personal by adding extra spices to suit my taste.


1 lb. ground beef
3/4 lb. beef stew meat
1 small onion- diced
1 medium green pepper-diced
4 cloves garlic- minced
1⁄2 cup oil (vegetable or olive)
1 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 plum tomato- diced (for garnish)
1 large 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
1 14.5 ounce can pinto beans- rinsed/drained/dried overnight
Salt to taste

*Garnish--> Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar
Cheese, Diced Tomatoes


Makes approximately six servings 

  • Add beans to pan and cover with water (2 inches over beans). 
  • Simmer with onions until tender (2 hours).
  • Heat oil and sautee garlic.
  • Brown beef with celery until lightly browned.  
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Once beans are tender, add sauce to chili base and simmer together for 1⁄2 hour.  

Serve topped with garnish 

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