1980 -Capitol Punishment

byBill Pfeiffer


Paramount Movie Ranch replaced Tropico Goldmine as the site for the 14th Annual World's Championship Chili Cookoff. Peter Marshall and Joe Landis filmed a special on the World's Championship and there were more "stars" at Paramount than there were in the sky. Robert Mitchum, Ernest Borgnine, Joanne Dru, Peter Marshall, Artie Johnson, Dennis James, Jack Kelly, Tom Poston, Rory Calhoun, Mike Connors, Slim Pickens, Earl Holliman, George Gobel, Billy Barty, and Chuck Conners were all in the special. Bill Pfeiffer, the Washington D.C. winner, won $20,000 with his "Capital Punishment" chili. John Hundley was second, Randy Davis third, Ray Walker fourth, and LeRoy Johnson was fifth.


1 tablespoon oregano
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons MSG
9 tablespoons chili powder (light)
4 tablespoons cumin
4 tablespoons beef bouillon (instant crushed)
2 cans beer
2 cups water
4 pounds extra lean chuck (chili ground)
2 pounds extra lean pork (chili ground)
1 pound extra lean chuck (cut in 1/4 cubes)
2 large onions (finely chopped)
10 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 cup Wesson Oil or kidney suet
1 teaspoon mole (powdered)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 8-oz can Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 tablespoon Masa Harina flour
Salt to taste


In a large pot add paprika, oregano, MSG, chili powder, cumin, beef bouillon, beer and two cups water.

Let simmer.

In a separate skillet brown 1 1/2 pounds meat with 1 tablespoon Wesson Oil or kidney suet until meat is light brown.

Drain and add to simmering spices.

Continue until all meat has been added.

Saute finely chopped onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon Wesson Oil or kidney suet.

Add to spices and meat mixture.

Add water as needed. Simmer 2 hours.

Add mole, sugar, coriander, Tabasco and Hunts Tomato Sauce.

Simmer 45 minutes.

Dissolve Masa Harina flour in warm water (pasty) and add to chili.

Add salt to taste.

Simmer 30 minutes.

For hotter chili, add additional Tabasco to taste.