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Will Rogers' Favorite Chili

You know the man—his humor, humility, and honesty, but did you know that one of his favorite meals was chili?

 

Yes, it’s true. He said these things about it:

  • “You can have fried chicken anywhere, but there’s only one place to have Ike’s chili" [in Tulsa, OK]

  • “Ike’s chili is a bowl of blessedness”

  • “Chili is cowboys’ caviar”

 

He also loved his sister’s chili recipe.

 

When he was suffering from gallstones, Will proclaimed that he had, “nuthin’ a bowl of chili wouldn’t cure.” This chili recipe appeared in the Will Rogers Birthday Centennial Cookbook and is shared by his great- granddaughter, Jennifer Etcheverry. The recipe itself was contributed to the 1931 Beverly Hills Women’s Club cookbook. Will endorsed the recipe in this book and wrote, “Course we got some might fine recipes in her by some of our most distinguished….”

 

Chili and Beans

 

1 lb. ground round

1 medium onion, diced

1 can tomatoes

2 roasted red peppers

2 cans of red kidney beans

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Over medium heat, sauté the ground beef and onion and add salt and pepper until cooked. Add the tomatoes and pepper and simmer for 1 hour. Next add the kidney beans and taste for seasoning. Allow the beans to warm and serve.

Thanks to WRMA Award-Winning author Sherry Monahan for this article.

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