Hollywood-Style Chili

Published April 1, 2010.

Why this recipe works:

During the golden age of Hollywood, Chasen’s restaurant hosted all manner of stars, from the Rat Pack to Alfred Hitchcock. When the restaurant closed in 1995, few recipes were more sadly mourned than its famous Hollywood-Style Chili. Chasen’s original recipe started with a combination of beef… read more

During the golden age of Hollywood, Chasen’s restaurant hosted all manner of stars, from the Rat Pack to Alfred Hitchcock. When the restaurant closed in 1995, few recipes were more sadly mourned than its famous Hollywood-Style Chili. Chasen’s original recipe started with a combination of beef chuck roast and pork butt. Because we lacked the special large-hold meat grinder employed at Chasen’s, we opted for store-bought ground beef and coarsely chopped blade chops instead. Using canned beans, tomato sauce, and crushed tomatoes helped streamline the process, while chipotle chiles in adobo sauce added depth and heat.

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Serves 6 to 8

Chipotle chiles can be very hot: We wear rubber gloves when handling them. To freeze leftover chiles in adobo sauce, transfer contents of can to zipper-lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Ingredients

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