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Walt Disney's Chili and Beans


  • 2 pounds dry pink (pinto) beans
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 pounds coarsely ground lean beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 (28 ounce) can solid-pack tomatoes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional seasonings for a more spicy chili: 1/8 teaspoon each coriander, turmeric, chile seeds, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, dry ginger or 1 small yellow Mexican chile pepper


  1. Wash and sort beans and soak overnight in cold water.
  2. Next morning, drain; add water to cover, 2 inches over beans. Add sliced onions and simmer, covered, until tender, about 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepot and lightly brown garlic, celery and beef, stirring. Add chili powder, paprika and thyme. Break up tomatoes with a spoon and mix with meat mixture. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
  4. When beans are tender, combine with meat, stirring gently. Taste and add salt, as needed. Simmer 30 minutes longer.

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