Rating: 3.8 stars
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

My grandmother used to care for the Masons. Mr. Mason was a pioneer in the roadside food industry. He owned cafes in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas that served chili and apple pie. He kept his chili recipe secret for decades. He lived to be 107 years old, and my grandma finally got his recipe.

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 55 mins
total:
2 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the ground beef and half the chili powder into a large saucepan over high heat, and cook until meat is browned, breaking the meat apart into crumbles as it cooks, about 10 minutes. Mix in the onion, and cook and stir until onion is softened, about 10 more minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining chili powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, and cocoa powder, and cover pan.

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  • Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until meat is tender and flavors have blended, mixing enough water to make a thick chili, about 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Cook's Note

Mr. Mason served his chili spooned over pinto beans that were cooked with ham hocks. He insisted that you had to use Gebhardt Chili Powder. He died in about 1965. I have used the same recipe, substituting game, pork, chicken, and turkey for the beef, with excellent results.

Nutrition Facts

399 calories; protein 20.7g; carbohydrates 9.8g; fat 31.2g; cholesterol 96.5mg; sodium 136.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2011
I love that this chili is so simple to make and that it can be made with stuff I keep on hand. It is a little different than the chili that I am used to. It has the consistency of taco meat and barely any liquid. I wasn't sure I liked that at first but I put it on a bag of Fritos and it was great. They didn't get soggy! The chili wasn't quite spicy enough for me. I had to add a little cayenne pepper. Overall it is a good recipe and I would make it again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/06/2011
i love vintage recipes because when im eating it it makes me feel like im brought back to that time.:-) looks good im going to try it soon. can beans be added to the chili? i dont eat ham hocks Read More
(10)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/06/2011
i love vintage recipes because when im eating it it makes me feel like im brought back to that time.:-) looks good im going to try it soon. can beans be added to the chili? i dont eat ham hocks Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2011
I love that this chili is so simple to make and that it can be made with stuff I keep on hand. It is a little different than the chili that I am used to. It has the consistency of taco meat and barely any liquid. I wasn't sure I liked that at first but I put it on a bag of Fritos and it was great. They didn't get soggy! The chili wasn't quite spicy enough for me. I had to add a little cayenne pepper. Overall it is a good recipe and I would make it again. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2011
Thank you Jeff I remember eating this as a child in OK. Can't wait to try it. But I'll have to search for the chili powder! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2012
This is similar to the chili I used to make before I had kids.Fortunately my chili hating son has decided its not so bad!I was happy tp come across this recipe and make it for my family! Thanks for sharing an old recipe favorite! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/25/2012
I made this for a Monday Night Football gathering to top baked potatoes. It doesn't make a lot about 1 quart and I had more than half left over. It is basically seasoned ground beef. I thought the Gebhardt's chili powder might be something special but it wasn't any different than many other less expensive chili powders. Sorry but I was not impressed with this recipe. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2018
I made a couple changes just because it what I always do used ground turkey added a 19 ounce drained and rinsed can of marinated mixed salad beans added an extra tablespoon of tomato paste and a 28 ounce can of Italian style diced tomatoes 1/2 of them whirled in my magic bullet and a pinch of sugar. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2018
The cocoa is overpowering and the recipe needs salt. If you adjust it will likely be pretty good. I won't make it again because there are just too many better chili recipes out there for me to mess around. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2019
This is midwest chili not Texas or southwest chili. It is not meant to be spicy hot anymore than Cincinnati chili is. We like it for a change of pace and I use it for "chili dogs". Read More