1973 -Chilli Man Chilli

byJoe DeFrates


Dr. Roy Nakayama, Dean of Horticulture from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces, verified that early chili peppers had their effect on all subsequent life forms. Joe DeFrates, the Illinois Champ won his first World's Championship after five years of competing. Second place went to Dub Rhodes of Abilene, Texas and third to Aubrey Cox of Wichita Falls, Texas.


1 pound ground beef
1-1 1/2 ounce envelope Chilli Man Chilli Mix
8 ounce can Hunts tomato sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce

Joe DeFrates originally developed the Chilli Man Mix (the Illinois spelling of Chili) and sold it, packaged, under that name from the 1950s until he sold the recipe to the Milnot Co. of Litchfield, IL, in the 1970s. It is available today in most midwestern states under the original name. The actual ingredients of the chili mix are not available.


Brown ground beef in heavy skillet.

Stir in contents of hili mix and add tomato sauce.

Simmer for 1 hour and add Tabasco.