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Mr. Mason's Chili

Rated as 3.78 out of 5 Stars
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"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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Ingredients

2 h 5 m servings 399
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Footnotes

  • 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


Per Serving: 399 calories; 31.2 9.8 20.7 96 137 Full nutrition

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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 an...

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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

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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

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 an...

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!

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...

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 thoug...

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...

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 an...