Richard Arlen’s Mexican Chili Con Carne


“Some people are just nice guys and nothing, not even Hollywood, can change it.”

I LOVE Richard Arlen and mainly because I made his Chili Con Carne last night and it was quite honestly the most delicious Chili I have ever eaten outside of Texas! Despite the fact that I made a schoolgirl error thinking that “3 Red Peppers” were the kind of peppers that also come in green and orange and yellow over here (Bell Peppers to those across the pond) and having to use the STAR’s squeezy tube of pre-prepared chili when I realised my mistake…

Shame there was nobody there to see the comedy moment when I ate my first mouthful. I could have been on a cheesy commercial doing the bit before the “pack shot” where there is a close up of a “oh my goodness this is absolutely delicious” look. It was a big surprise as there are so few ingredients for such a splendid taste. I think the secret is the Worcestershire Sauce and flour combo added near the end. Bravo Richard.

Sunny days in London are adding to my current sunny demeanor. I am learning “I Wanna Be Loved By You” on the ukulele and have some fun DJing dates on the horizon. The cooking is picking up momentum and the love life is tickety-bo. I am making the most of everything…

As requested by blog reader Mitch in the comments below, here is Richard’s recipe…  I think the Worcestershire Sauce is the magic ingredient…

12 Responses to Richard Arlen’s Mexican Chili Con Carne

  1. Mitch 2 Feb, 2018 at 12:35 am #

    Would you by any chance consider posting the recipe? I would love to try it out.
    I made Arlen’s cabbage dish which you posted and loved it.
    It would be much appreciated if you did.

  2. Jenny 3 Feb, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Hi Mitch – yes of course! I will hunt out the recipe and post it for you! So glad you liked the cabbage dish, I’d forgotten all about that and must make it again. Will try and get the recipe up this weekend xx

    • Mitch 4 Feb, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      How lovely, thank you so much! Yes, the cabbage dish is excellent, it’s easy and cheap to make. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Jenny 5 Feb, 2018 at 10:22 pm #

    Here you go Mitch! Interesting to look at this recipe around 11 years after making it! I have made a LOT of chili since then! No tomatoes at all in this recipe, intriguing. But I remember why I liked it so much – the Worcestershire sauce. Magic ingredient!

    Would love to hear how this turns out for you if you make it – Jenny x

    • Mitch 9 Feb, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you so much! Never seen a chili recipe without tomatoes before, seems interesting. This is official on my to do list now. I’ll let you know how it goes.

      • Jenny 11 Feb, 2018 at 7:56 am #

        Keep in touch, I obviously enjoyed it at the time! JX

        • Mitch 5 Mar, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

          I finally tried out the recipe and it was really nice. Definitely a different flavour to it due to the lack of tomatoes but I liked it a lot. Do you know if there is any other Arlen recipes out there?
          Thank you for sharing the recipe! I’ll be sure to look out for more delicious recipes.

  4. Jenny 6 Mar, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    Hi Mitch – I’m so glad that you tried the chili and enjoyed it. You’ve inspired me to make it again!

    I’ve just checked my recipe spreadsheet and these are the recipes I have for Richard Arlen – Bread Pudding With Lemon Sauce, Corn Pudding Southern Style, Potted Chicken, Salmon Souffle, Leg of Mutton With Oysters (!!), Buttered Cabbage a la Maryland (you know that one!), Tamale Loaf, Ham and Cabbage en Casserole, Savory Lamb Pie, Spaghetti With Meat and Cheese, Peach Cabinet Pudding, Windsor Eggs and Spaghetti Rarebit.

    Quite a lot of recipes for Richard! If there are any there you fancy cooking I can dig them out and send them over. Just drop me a line via the contact page on the site, that way I’ll have your email address.

    So glad you liked the chili!

    Jenny x

    • Mitch 7 Mar, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

      It sure does works great in this cold!
      That is indeed quite a lot of recipes! Some of them sound very fascinating, like the Leg of Mutton with Oysters. He must’ve been quite the cook.
      That’s so kind of you! I’m definitely interested in a few of them, I’ll send a message through the contact page.
      Thank you again for the recipe of the chili!

  5. Jenny 8 Mar, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi Mitch! Received your request and will seek those recipes out for you and email. I’m away for a few days visiting my folks so it might take me a while, but I’ve put it on my to-do list! Best wishes from a somewhat warmer London than last week! – Jenny

    • Mitch 9 Mar, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      Splendid! Thank you so much, Jenny, I really appreciate it!

      Best wishes


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