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When I was 16 I spent the summer with my paternal grandparents in Montecito, CA. I went to a lot of fun parties with them but since I was in boarding school in Massachusetts, I didn't really know anyone my age so it was a lot of just my grandparents and me hanging around the house. I have always loved to cook and my grandfather Bob had always loved chili, so we decided to make some. We pulled out my grandmother's recipe collection and found a recipe for Chasen's Chili written, by hand, by Maude Chasen for my grandmother. Now... This recipe called for "Gebhardt's chili powder", which we did not have! So, we set about making our own, including the addition of cocoa, which Bob insisted was the secret ingredient to all good chili! Our first batch was pretty good... But we made a few more batches until we called it "done". Over the years, I've played with the recipe, refined the chili powder... And am pretty pleased to share this with you! In fact, the original "Mitchum's Kitchen" was just a brand name for the chili seasoning!
Servings: 4 Bowls
Keywords: Chili , Old West, Comfort Food
A lot of the original recipe said both beans and tomatoes are optional. I like them in my chili so I have included them. Also, this recipe can be made with beef, turkey, chicken, or a grain like quinoa or farro. It even works if you want to substitute lentils for meat, but in that case, I would hold the other beans!