bowl of chili

Chasen’s Chili

Chasen's Chili is a hearty meaty chili with beans supposedly made at the famous Chasen's Restaurant in Hollywood. 


  • 1/2 lb pinto beans
  • 5 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1 lb green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salad oil
  • 1 1/2 lb onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 lb beef chuck course or chili grind
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground pork
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seed


  1. Wash beans and soak covered in water overnight.
  2. Simmer beans covered in water until tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Sauté green pepper in salad oil 5 minutes. Add onion; cook until tender, stirring often.
  3. Add garlic, parsley. Melt butter and sauté meat for 15 minutes. Add meat to onion mixture, stir in chili powder and cook 15 minutes. Add this to beans and add spices. Simmer covered for 1 hour. Cook uncovered 30 minutes. Skim fat from top.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from 70's. I have copied it here almost as it is written on the photo copy I received with a couple of edits to remove obvious name-brand references as well as to correct a few blatant grammatical errors.

From the famous Chasen's Restaurant in Hollywood's filmland comes this recipe for what has been regarded as the finest Chili every to simmer in a bubbling pot. It's so highly regarded that many of the restaurant's regular patron from the film colony often have it delivered to their homes. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were so fond of it they had gallons dispatched to Rome when they were over there making "Cleopatra"....