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Tuesday-Thursday Chili with Mushrooms

10 minutes prep
40 minutes active cooking
50 minutes total

Makes 6 - 8 servings
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Does anyone think back on their high school years to fondly remember the food in the cafeteria? Wellspent Market founder Jim Dixon claims he can’t recall much about those long ago days, but he’s never forgotten eating chili every week with a handful of friends. Here’s the story.

In the late 1960s it seemed like everyone in Eugene was a hippy. We protested the war in Vietnam, tripped with the Grateful Dead, and railed against the establishment. My long haired friends and I were too cool for the usual high school student organizations, so we started our own: the Tuesday-Thursday Chili Club.

Four of us formed the club because the cafeteria served chili every Tuesday and Thursday. We were a bunch of smart-asses and mostly talked about avoiding the draft so we didn’t get sent to Vietnam. We also discussed the most recent episode of Star Trek, by then in reruns so we could see it every day.

While we all skipped our 50 year reunion, the original members got together recently. Like a bunch of old guys anywhere, we tried to remember those glory days with limited success. But we did eat chili.

What you'll need


For the shopping list

1 pound of

mushrooms, coarsely chopped


onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of


3-4 cups, cooked*

red kidney beans - *A half pound of dry beans yields about 3-4 cups cooked beans

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Akadi Spicy Sauce

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Vegetable Broth

* substitute Aneto chicken broth


From the kitchen

Large Skillet


Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

"The cafeteria chili - ground beef, beans, tomato sauce, and vague hint of spice - wasn’t worth replicating, but I wanted something close."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Cook the mushrooms with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to look dry and there’s very little liquid in the pan.

Step 2

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook for another few minutes, then add the onions. Continue to cook until the onions are very soft, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and a jar of Akadi sauce. Add 1 cup of broth and the cooked beans, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Taste and add salt if needed.

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