Chugwater~Some say if you blink you
will miss this little town!!
Chugwater, Wyoming is north of Cheyenne and south of
Wheatland off of Interstate 25.My
parents place is east of Chugwater 15 miles.When I was growing up, Chugwater had the population of less than 120
people, and it hasn’t changed much.I love everything about Chugwater, and I am
very thankful for this little town.Chugwater
is important to me because of the small town values that I learned while
growing up.Those values are what shaped
me into the person I am today; values that I am passing on to my children.
Chugwater Chili Spice.
Chugwater is more than my home town it is the home of the
famous Chugwater Chili. The founding of
Chugwater Chili Corporation is a story of real small town values at work.Chugwater Chili Corporation was formed by a
bunch of my neighbors in 1986.They
purchased the Wyoming State Championship Chili Recipe, with the goal of helping
the business community in Chugwater.I
knew all the families that started Chugwater Chili Corporation.I love Chugwater Chili!It is a spice that I use on almost everything
I cook.Beef and Chugwater Chili are a
perfect match!A bowl of Chugwater Chili
warms your soul. To order please see their website:http://chugwaterchili.com/index.htmlSee below for Chugwater Chile Recipe.
Chugwater is an agricultural community.I learned how to drive a combine before I
knew how to drive a pick up. I learned that all my friends had chores just like
me. I learned how important neighbors
are. I learned how important FFA and 4-H
is. I learned how important land stewardship was before I truly understood what
it meant.I learned that small town
values are life lessons that you never forget.
I am very thankful for All values
that I learned growing up in a small
As graduation time nears, I can’t help but think of my high
school graduation.There were 13 of
us.Each of us left our footprints
there.We all learned how important
small town values are. We learned that it took all of us to make a team. We took with us
those values that make us the adults we are today.Small town values are working hard, sticking
together as neighbors and friends in hard times and good times.It is pitching in when someone needs
help.It is about being able to see the
stars at night, driving long dirt roads to see a neighbor and picking flowers
for your 80 year old grandpa.I cherish
my small town values, and I would not change a thing about growing up in
Chugwater.The history of Chugwater is
very interesting, if you would like to know more please visit the town of
Chugwater’s web site: http://www.chugwater.com/history.asp
Chugwater Class of 1998
Because of these two~ Grandpa &
Grandma Beaver~We learned
Small Town Values!
My Pot of Chugwater Chili.
The Smell of Chugwater Chili is amazing.
I rarely have left overs but when
I do, the second day is
2 lbs Ground Beef
3 Tbsp of Chugwater Chili Mix
1 15oz can tomato sauce
2 15oz Plain Pinto Beans
Cheese and Crackers
Brown 2 lbs of ground beef; drain excess fat. Stir in 3 Tbsp. Chugwater Chili Mix (more for hotter chili), one 15 oz can tomato sauce and 15 oz water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add two 15 oz cans plain pinto beans; return to simmer. Serve Hot. Recipe makes 9 one cup servings
Some extra advice:
I serve Chugwater Chile with Cheese and Crackers. I also sometimes add a can of diced canned tomatoes into my chili.
Left over Chugwater Chile can be used for Chili Dogs, Chili Frito's with cheese and Taco Salad.
I sell Chugwater Chili at Double A Feeds.
(Please note: Please follow safe handling of Beef)