Ivan's World War II Chili

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Grandad (Ivan) was a cook in the army during World War II and loved to cook for his family and friends. He said the only problem was trying to use his army cookbook and get the measurements down to family size versus a platoon size which was printed in his book.


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45 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 lb
    chili meat (hamburger)
  • 3/4 lb
    ground suet (pork sausage)
  • 3/4 tsp
    comino seed(cumin) seeds or 1/2 tsp ground equals 1 tsp seeds
  • 3/4 tsp
    red pepper
  • 1/8
    water glass chili powder
  • 2 oz
    flour (6 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 clove

How to Make Ivan's World War II Chili


  1. Brown all meat. Add all spices.
  2. Now since this is taken from Ivan and Betty's recipe box I'm coping it the way it was written. The next step I know is figuring out what they mean. Like I had no idea what comino seeds were until I looked it up. So for the 1/8 water glass of chili powder. I don't even know how big the glass was. So I'm going to say season it to taste.
  3. It also doesn't say how long to simmer. But I can remember him simmering it at least 30-40 minutes. Now you will also notice it doesn't have any tomatoes, water, or beans in it. That's because this was only how to season up the meat. And the rest depended which supplies were on hand .

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About Ivan's World War II Chili

Course/Dish: Beef Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #Army

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