‘The Office’: Kevin Malone’s Famous Chili Recipe Is Finally Revealed

Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) isn’t good at a lot of things. But he’s famous for his chili, thanks to a cold open on The Office. The full recipe for Kevin’s chili from The Office has finally been revealed so fans can try it for themselves.

Which episode of ‘The Office’ does Kevin spill the chili?

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The episode “Casual Friday” opens with Kevin bringing in a big pot of chili to the office. We see him struggle carrying it through the parking lot and up the stairs to get to the office. 

Kevin then explains his method to making chili. “The trick is to undercook the onions,” he says. “Everybody is going to get to know each other in the pot. I’m serious about this stuff.”

Sadly, he drops the pot of chili on the carpet. He then tries to get it back into the pot. The recipe is supposed to be one passed down through his family, and one of the things Kevin does best.

The recipe for Kevin Malone’s famous chili

Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone is spilling a pot of chili on 'The Office'
Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone on ‘The Office’ | Courtesy of Peacock

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Fans were able to get a hint to how to make Kevin’s chili from the episode. But finally, the recipe for it was released by Peacock. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound 85/15 lean ground beef
  • 1 (12 ounces) coarsely chopped yellow onion 
  • 1 (15 ounces) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (about 1 ounce) dried ancho chiles
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Toppings of your choice (shredded cheese, scallions, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Heat up your beef and onions in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Brown your beef, but undercook your onions
  3. Add your tomatoes, tomato sauce, toasted ancho chilis, and water to the saucepan
  4. Add chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper to taste
  5. Cover the saucepan and simmer your chili for 15 minutes
  6. Add toppings of your choice
  7. Don’t spill and enjoy!

The original scene was longer

The cold open is loved by fans, but it originally had more in the script. Andy Greene of The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s revealed a copy of the script for the scene.

“It’s the original draft of the famous scene in Casual Friday (written by Anthony Farrell) where Kevin spills chili everywhere. This particular part was written by Aaron Shure, who provided it to me. As you can see, the scene originally had more to it,” he tweeted.

The script starts with Kevin unbuckling the pot and taking it out of his car. Kevin also says, “Spicy-ness is to the chili what makeup is to a woman. I don’t need a lot, because I’ve got a sexy pot of chili.” He also claims to grow the parsley himself and he cuts his ingredients with a ceramic knife. 

There is a scene of Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) catching him trying to mop up the stain with papers. He gives up by throwing away the pot then running away. Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) later walks in and says the office smells like Kevin’s famous chili.

Fans can only imagine what the original scene would look like. But now they can taste Kevin’s chili for themselves.