Here's how to make "Kevin's Famous Chili" as seen in The Office. The delicious dish was made by Kevin Malone and then subsequently dropped on the carpet when he brought it into the workplace. Kevin was played by Brian Baumgartner for all nine seasons of the NBC sitcom.
Kevin wasn't known as the brightest bulb in the Dunder Mifflin bunch. He was an accountant at the paper company's Scranton branch and was never given much responsibility from his supervisor, Angela. Kevin had a very childlike sense of humor and would often make offensive jokes. Out of all the characters in The Office, Kevin had one of the more interesting lives outside of Dunder Mifflin. He was a drummer in a tribute band, Scrantonicity, and was a skilled poker player. Most impressive of all was Kevin's cooking skills.
The Dunder Mifflin rules stated that employees couldn't drink beer in the office but Kevin countered that with interest in making beer while working in the building. He claimed to have already mastered office-made quesadillas and creme brulee. Kevin's most memorable recipe was his famous chili, which was featured in The Office season 5 with the episode, "Casual Friday." He made the chili once a year from a recipe passed down in the Malone family for generations. Here are the ingredients necessary for Kevin's Famous Chili (via Binging With Babish):
- 3 ounces dried ancho chiles
- 1 ounce dried cascabel chiles
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp cornmeal
- 1 Tbsp toasted & freshly ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 32 ounces chicken stock, divided
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 pounds chuck steak, trimmed and diced into very small cubes
- 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
- 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
- 1 habanero pepper (optional), seeded and chopped
- 4 large cloves garlic, crushed
- 12 ounces Mexican lager
- 6 roma tomatoes, cored and chopped
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 12-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- Salt & pepper to taste
According to Kevin, it's important to undercook the onions. He also stated he spent the night before pressing garlic and dicing whole tomatoes, but that would be up to the cook's own discretion. The first step is to cut open the dried chilies and remove the seeds. The chilies will then need to be cut into small pieces before they are put in a dry pan over medium-high heat. Once the chilies are toasted, place them in a food processor until they are turned into a fine powder. Next, add cocoa powder, cornmeal, cumin, and oregano, and combine. Then add 3/4 cup of chicken stock and blend until it forms a paste. Set that mix of ingredients aside.
In a large pot, not necessarily as large as Kevin's in The Office, pour in the vegetable oil and simmer over medium-high heat. Then add the beef in batches and once half of it is brown, add in the onion, jalapeños, habanero, and garlic. Let those ingredients simmer before deglazing with the Mexican beer. Next, add the tomatoes, brown sugar, kidney beans, beef, spice paste put together in the other bowl, and the rest of your chicken stock. Stir briefly and bring down the heat to allow the chili to simmer for two to three hours. Once the beef is tender and the chili is thickened, it will be ready to eat. Salt, pepper, cheese, or other garnished could be added depending on the eater's preference. Just keep it off of the office's carpeted floor because that's a clean-up you won't want to deal with.