“Old Iron Pot’’ family-style chili

Straight from the Man in Black, this old-fashioned chili serves 12 people, three servings each!


• 5 lbs. sirloin steak, chopped

• Shortening

• 3 packages McCormick’s Chili Seasoning*

• 3 or 4 15-ounce cans red kidney beans

• 3 or 4 16-ounce cans whole tomatoes

• Cumin*

• Thyme*

• Sage leaves

• Garlic Powder*

• Onion Powder*

• Salt to taste

• Chopped onions

• Chopped chili peppers*

• 1 4-ounce can tomato paste

• 2 Tbsp. sugar

• Chili Powder*

• Spice Island chili con carne seasoning*


1) Brown steak with a little shortening until medium. Add chili seasoning, and cook for five minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, spices, onions, chili peppers, sugar, chili powder, and/or chili con carne seasoning. Taste. (If chili is too hot, add 1 to 2 cans tomatoes.) Add tomato paste. If chili seems too thick, add water. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Serve with soda crackers and soda.

2) This chili will be better tomorrow than today, if properly taken care of overnight.

3) “You must guess at the amounts to use—I never measure them!” —Johnny Cash

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