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It takes a small army of volunteers to create “Padre’s Chili” for St. John Applefest. Times file photo

(Festival Size Batch)


10 lbs. lean ground beef

10 c. diced onion

7 c. diced green pepper

1/3 c. sugar

1 bottle Worchestershire sauce

1/3 c. salt (or less)

¼ to 1/3 c. black pepper

1 8 oz. container tomato paste

8-10 quarts fresh stewed tomatoes (the more the better)

1 No. 10 can pinto beans

1 No. 10 can chili beans, and half of another can.

1 c. of chili powder (mixture of hot and medium)

Five to six bay leaves (remove before serving)


Brown meat. Mix all other ingredients together and add to browned meat mixture. Cook about three hours.

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