Which chili recipe is best: Kevin’s chili versus Brian’s Famous Chili

Brian Baumgartner partners with BUSH'S for National Chili Day, photo provided by BUSH'S Beans
Brian Baumgartner partners with BUSH'S for National Chili Day, photo provided by BUSH'S Beans /

On National Chili Day, everyone talks about chili, which raises a big debate. Which chili recipe is best, Kevin from The Office’s chili recipe or Brian’s Famous Chili?

There are various chili secret ingredient hacks, firehouse chili recipes or a favorite restaurant chilis. In some ways, chili might be a food that can be divisive. From beans versus no beans to that white chili recipe, everyone has an opinion. In many ways, there is no middle ground when it comes to chili.

Whether it is National Chili Day or just a day when chili is that ultimate comfort food, a great bowl of chili satisfies. From the first bowl poured to that leftover meal later in the week, there is always a reason to grab a spoon and enjoy.

What’s the difference between Kevin’s Famous Chili versus Brian’s Famous Chili?

Previously, Brian Baumgartner worked with Bush’s Beans to create his perfect recipe. That recipe features ground turkey (or ground beef) as well as Bush’s Pinto Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce and Bush’s Kidney Chili Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce.

The recipe recommends shredded cheese, which is Brian’s preferred topping. Plus, the combination of beans is his preference, too.

This year, Baumgartner and Bush’s Beans have partnered to ensure that no chili is spilled with its No Spilly Chili Pot. While this pot might not be available in stores, it could be next year’s chili cook-off must have.

If you are a huge The Office fan, you might prefer Kevin’s Famous Chili. Peacock has gracious shared the official recipe.

Kevin’s Famous Chili Recipe

Courtesy of Peacock


  • 1 lb. 85/15 lean ground beef
  • 1 (12 oz.) coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (about 1 oz.) 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.)


  • Combine beef and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Sauté until meat and onion are browned (the trick is to undercook the onions).
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, toasted ancho chilis, and water.
  • Season with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper to taste.
  • Boil on a low-heat.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes while covered.
  • Add the toppings of your choice (shredded cheese, scallions, etc.).
  • Enjoy!

Both chili recipes are quite tasty. Maybe you could do a chili cook-off and put both recipes into a chili battle royal.

Why not stream The Office on Peacock for National Chili Day and enjoy some chili. Just don’t spill the pot.

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What is your favorite chili recipe? Have you ever spilled a pot of chili?