Chili was one of Walt Disney’s favorite foods, one which he reportedly ate on a frequent basis. To this day, this recipe is used in the Commissary at the Disney Studios in Burbank and served ever day.

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This recipe has been renowned for several years. It was recovered from Walt’s personal files and is recognized as the official recipe for Walt’s Chili.

Recipe makes 6 to 8 servings.


  • 2 lbs. coarse ground beef
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp. chili powder (depending on taste)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 large can solid pack tomatoes
  • 2 lbs. dry pink beans
  • Salt to taste

Optional Ingredients:

For a spicier chili, add a punch of the following spices:

  • 1 little yellow Mexican chili pepper
  • Coriander seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Chili seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Dry ginger


  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain, add water to cover (2 inches over beans), and simmer with onions until tender (about 4 hours).
  2. Meanwhile, prepare sauce by browning meat and minced garlic in oil. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for ½ hour.

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