Celebrate The Anniversary Of Disneyland With Walt Disney’s Chili Recipe!

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Today is Disneyland’s 65th anniversary! And what better way to celebrate then with Walt Disney’s chili recipe!

Disneyland opened back in July 17, 1955. So in honor of this milestone, we want to share with you a recipe that dates back to 1958: Chili and Beans!

Walt Disney loved this dish so much and used to eat it all the time. That’s why Disney chef’s have refined the original recipe found in the Walt Disney Archives and is now being served at Carnation Café in Disneyland.

And now you can recreate Walt Disney’s chili at home! Take a look:


  • 1/4 cup of olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 pounds of beef stew meat
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 tbsp of ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 3 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of beef base
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Coarse salt, to taste

To garnish:

  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 diced tomatoes, for garnish

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  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large Dutch oven, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then add stew meat and sauté for 10 minutes until the meat is browned on all sides. Remove stew meat from pan and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to pan and heat for 3 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and green pepper. Sauté 8-10 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and sauté one minute longer, until garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add ground beef. Cook, stirring occasionally to break up large chunks of beef, for 10-12 minutes, until beef is no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
  5. Return stew meat to the Dutch oven with ground beef mixture. Add ground cumin, chili powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, tomato paste, fresh, diced tomatoes, beef base, and water.
  6. Bring chili to a simmer. Cover and simmer over low heat for 3 hours, until stew meat is tender.
  7. Add pinto beans. Simmer for 10 minutes, until beans are warm.
  8. Season with salt, as needed.
  9. Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced tomatoes.

PS: Don’t forget to eat with saltine crackers, that’s how Walt liked to eat.

Credit: Disney Parks

Ana Leal