You Can Now Recreate Walt’s Chili from Carnation Café in Disneyland, Thanks to a Newly-Released Recipe

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Disney is continuing to bless us with newly-released recipes from some of its most popular theme-parks eateries. And this week, we’re all about Walt’s Chili from Carnation Café. 

Disney Family released the recipe for the famous chili, along with details on how it came to be. As it turns out, Walt Disney himself was a huge fan of the dish (hence the name), and would often eat it at the studio. According to the website, the Disney family cook created a recipe for a chili that was later obtained from Walt’s oldest daughter, Diane. The dish would later go on to be served at Carnation Café at Disneyland, where park-goers can still grab some today. 

Topped with sour cream, cheese and fresh tomatoes, this recipe is fairly simple to make and feeds a family of four. Bon appétit!


1/4 cup olive oil, divided
3/4 pounds beef stew meat
1 small onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons beef base
1 1/2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
Coarse salt to taste

1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 diced tomatoes


1. Wash and sort beans and soak overnight in cold water.
2. Drain beans and place in a 2-quart saucepan. Add fresh water to cover by 2 inches. Add sliced onion and simmer, covered, for 2 hours, until tender.
3. Heat oil in a large pan and sauté garlic. Add beef and celery and cook until lightly browned. Add chili powder, paprika, and thyme. Mix in chopped tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
4. When beans are tender, combine with meat, stirring gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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