Try Walt Disney’s Family Chili Recipe For Your Next Family Dinner

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Try Walt Disney's Family Chili Recipe For Your Next Family Dinner

There is nothing better on a cold winters night than a warm bowl of hearty chili and snuggling with those you love after popping in your favorite Christmas or Disney movie!

Walt Disney was all about family, and like most families, The Disney’s had their own family recipes for delicious meals they enjoyed together. A Disney Family favorite around the holidays was this delicious chili recipe. We hope you enjoy this classic take on a seasonal favorite!

Be sure to check your pantry, fridge, and cabinets to make sure you have all the ingredients before getting started! Here is what you will need to make Walt’s Chili:


  • 2 lbs. Coarse Ground Beef
  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 1 Large Can of Tomatoes
  • 2 lbs. Dry Pink Beans
  • Salt to Taste

For more heat in your chili just add a pinch of one or more of these spices:

  • 1 Small Yellow Mexican Chili Pepper
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Chili Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Dry Ginger/Ginger Powder

How To Prepare Your Chili:

The night before you plan to enjoy this meal, soak the beans overnight in cold water. After beans are soaked, drain remaining water from the beans. Add beans to a deep chili pot. Fill chili pot with water until the water is 2 inches above the beans. Add sliced onion. Bring pot to a boil then lower the heat and simmer until beans and onions are tender (approximately 4 hours). While beans and onions cook, prepare the chili sauce. Add oil to a pan or skillet. Brown meat and minced garlic in the pan or skillet. After meat is cooked thoroughly, add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Serves 6-8 people.

Mmm MMM! This sounds so yummy and it is the perfect way to warm up after a cold day. Now is your chance to try a meal that was enjoyed by Walt, Lillian, and their daughters Diane and Sharon, in the comfort of your own home.

If you make this chili at home we would love to see pictures in the comments! Let us know what you think of Walt’s Family Recipe!

Photo Credit: Disney/D23

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Kaitlyn is a writer, painter, and artist based just north of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a previous participant in the Disney College Program and has years of experience with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts and with Universal Orlando Resort. Her and her big 'Ohana are frequent visitors to the parks and resorts and she is always up for another trip to visit her favorite castles! Kaitlyn is the News & Entertainment Writer for Chip and Company and is passionate about writing and storytelling.
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