Subject: Lynn Wilson's Brick Chili
Date: 12/24/2020, 11:21 AM
On 12/23/2020 5:49 PM, Pat wrote:
I grew up with Lynn Wilson's Chili (Utah). Dee's Hamburger Drive-Ins used it,
snack bars at a large variety of entertainment venues served it and my mom
used to buy the frozen gallon containers of it and ship it to me in California
(packed in dry ice). I know that the company was bought by Resers (soooo sad).
Do you know if there are any copycat recipes for that chili? It was relatively
mild and my sensitive stomach tolerated it well.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
I haven't seen any brick chili in years. As a teenager, I worked at a fast-food restaurant similar to
McDonald's where we used frozen brick chili on the hot dogs (Can't recall the brand, but it was very good.)
As you say, Lynn Wilson Products was sold to Reser's Fine Foods in 2002. At the time, Reser's said they
would continue the brand and product line, but I cannot find any verification that the Lynn Wilson line
was continued after 2002. That doesn't mean that it wasn't, just that there is nothing about it on the web.
Reser's has a website at: Reser's Fine Foods. They
list all of their product lines and brand names on that site, but Lynn Wilson's is not among them, and Reser's
apparently does not sell brick chili at all now.
I was not able to find a recipe or a copycat or even a recommendation of a chili or brick chili that
"tastes-like" Lynn Wilson's.
Have you tried the brands of brick chili that are available currently? Two that are recommended are "Dolores"
and "Schwab's," which you can get at Walmart. Another brand is "XLNT", which you can get at Albertson's Supermarket.
There is also one called "Texas Chili", but that one is probably not mild. See these sites:
Dolores Chili Brick
Schwab's Brick Chili
XLNT Brick Chili
Although I was not able to find a recipe for brick chili that was described as tasting like Lynn Wilson's,
I did find some recipes for homemade brick chili. The advantage with these is that you can regulate the
spiciness yourself. See these recipes:
Brick Chili 1
Brick Chili 2
Brick Chili 3
I will post this for reader input.
On 3/24/2021 12:46 AM, Douglass wrote:
Lynn Wilson's Brick Chili
I've been doing a little digging. It appears that Lynn Wilson's chili still survives
in the Dee's Family Restaurant chain in Salt Lake City. It has been close to 40 years
since Lynn Wilson Foods discontinued frozen chili bricks. However, that apparently
didn't spell the end of Lynn Wilson's chili.
Dee's Hamburger Drive-Ins and Dee's Family Restaurants used Lynn Wilson chili bricks
to prepare their chili from the 1950s on. They served it in bowls, on chili dogs and
on chili burgers throughout the time Lynn Wilson Foods made it. It appears they
continued with a Lynn Wilson chili until Dee's sold its hamburger chain to Hardees in
1979. I recall having chili since the 1960s at Dee's drive-ins until they closed, and
in the Family Restaurants until the present. I haven't noticed any change in the taste
of the chili.
I dropped in at the Dee's restaurant at 2100 South Redwood Road in Salt Lake and
ordered their chili burger just to make sure. It tasted the same as always. According
to the people at that location, they have been putting the same chili on their open
face chili burger since the restaurant opened in the 1950s. That suggests they somehow
got the recipe from Wilson Foods after the chili brick was discontinued. They don't
serve bowls of chili any more nor chili dogs. They still serve it on their open face
The chili at Dee's is mild, thick and bright red. It tastes like typical old time
Mormon chili without the typical beans in Mormon chili. They won't give out the
recipe. However, they don't mind telling you what's in it. They just don't give the
proportions or how it's prepared.
It contains ground beef, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, paprika, chili powder, cumin,
salt, black pepper, and a bay leaf.
Subject: My Lynn Wilson's Chili request from 2020
Date: 10/30/2022, 4:12 PM
I don't know if I ever thanked you for your efforts on my behalf. I happened across
your site again today and saw a response from 2021 (I would like to thank that person
but I couldn't find a way to do it on your site).
During the pandemic years, I tried several times to find the chili and learned that
there's a three-restaurant chain in Utah called Dee's Family Restaurants (which were
part of or related to the Dee's Hamburger Drive-Ins who were Lynn Wilson Chili customers)
and those three restaurants still use the chili (either they got/kept the recipe or
made a copy-cat version of it).
Anyhow, since I'm not much of a from-scratch cook and because I'm a wuss when it comes
to spicy stuff, I thought I'd play around with familiar items on the grocery store
shelves and actually created a reasonable facsimile of the Lynn Wilson chili. Here's
what I used in case anyone wants to play around with or try it -
1 can of Nalley's Cheese Chili
1 can (individual serving) of Wolf's Beanless Chili
1 can (small) of Great Value (Walmart's brand) beanless hot dog chili sauce
1 t (or thereabouts) of Lea and Perrin's Worcestershire sauce
1/2 C (more or less) of sharp cheddar cheese
Put all of the above ingredients above in a medium saucepan and heat until the cheddar
cheese is melted. Spoon a portion into a bowl and top with 1 (or 2) slice(s) of Kraft
American Cheese. Heat in the microwave until the American Cheese is melted and stir
it gently into the chili.
Back in the day, many folks used to eat the chili over a tamale or a meat pie (a Utah
product very similar to a Scottish pie) but I preferred it just as it was.
Thanks, again, for your help. Hope you and yours have a very nice holiday season.