Walt Disney’s Own Chilli; The Make-it-Yourself Recipe

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By Melissa L.

Fall is right around the corner, especially if you live up north like I do. What is great to eat when the weather starts to turn chilly? Chili, of course, and what better way to make chili than the Disney way.

After coming home from my first Disneyland trip (or as my colleagues at work say, “the motherland”) I was itching for something classic Walt, and with the dawn of the fall on the horizon and the school year beginning, Walt’s Own Chili recipe sounded fabulous!

The recipe is available on the D23 website here and you can find it in the Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs cookbook.

Since this recipe is a straightforward chili recipe and came out really good I will post some tips at the end.

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2 lbs. coarse ground beef

2 onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic

1⁄2 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 pinto beans

salt to taste


Add a punch of the following spices:

1 little yellow Mexican chili pepper

Coriander seeds


Chili seeds

Cumin seeds

Fennel seeds



Dry ginger

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Soak beans overnightin cold water. Drain.

Add beans to pan, water to cover (2 inches over beans), and simmer with onions until tender (about 2 hours).

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Meanwhile, prepare sauce by browning meat and minced garlic in oil.  Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour.

When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for 1⁄2 hour.

Serves 6 to 8.

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I made a half recipe but ended up using the full spice amount plus some of the zesty extra ingredients (I didn’t think I would need/want them so I wasn’t prepared with anything but coriander and chili seeds).  Without the little extra it doesn’t pack the same punch.  Also, although I soaked my beans I felt like I could bypass all the extra work by just buying them canned next time, didn’t really think that the taste was very different! Other than that this classic chili, was wonderful! Thanks for the recipe, Uncle Walt!

Thanks for stopping by for a Make-it-yourself recipe, and we hope you enjoy it!

Melissa L.

By profession Melissa is a 9th grade World History teacher, but by nature she is a lover of all things Disney. She has always been a bit of a bookworm and has believed in fairytales since she was a little girl. (Her favorite heroine and princess is Belle.)

When she isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

Stop by Picturing Disney, where we keep the Disney magic alive at home one snapshot at a time!

Like to try out other Disney recipes? Here ya go!

The Disney Dream’s Avacado-Citrus Salad: The Make-It Yourself Recipe

Ohana Dinner Bread: the Bake-It-Yourself Recipe

Disney World’s Beloved Pineapple Dole Whip: the Make-It-Yourself Recipe

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Cupcakes: The Bake-It-Yourself Recipe


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