Brian Baumgartner's Secret Tip For Kevin's Chili From The Office

In 2020, aka the year of quarantine, NBC's "The Office" took home the big W for the most-streamed TV show. "The Office" beat out all sitcoms and TV dramas across Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney Plus, according to Variety. Collectively, Americans spent over 57 billion minutes hanging out with the Dunder Mifflin crew. To this day, Season 5, Episode 26, is one of the most talked-about episodes among viewers. For those who aren't huge fans of the show, it is during this episode that Kevin shares his famous chili recipe. However, he spills it before any of his coworkers have a chance to try it.

It's ironic, to say the least. It is also a prime example of why every "The Office" character has their schtick. For Michael, it is the "that's what she said" jokes. For Dwight, it is his steadfast loyalty to being assistant to the regional manager; Jim and Pam focus on pranking Dwight, especially when it comes to assistant to the regional manager duties.

On the show, Kevin is known for being a clumsy and awkward goofball, so when the chili recipe ends up all over the office floor, you can't help but scream, "NOOO!" on his behalf. Plus, it also makes you want a bowl of warm hearty chili. Much like his character, Brian Baumgartner also has a delicious chili recipe that features a little secret he learned from his ole buddy, Kevin.

Make Brian Baumgartner's chili recipe with a Kevin Malone twist

Since "The Office" aired, Brian Baumgartner has completely leaned into his character's quirks and gimmicks. Chili is, of course, one of the highlights and most iconic Kevin Malone scenes from the show. In honor of National Chili Day this year, Kevin Malone from "The Office" partnered with Bush's Beans to share his chili recipe. The 40-minute recipe, including prep and cook time, can be found on the official Bush's Beans website and feeds up to eight people. This makes it perfect for large gatherings or meal prepping. With a long list of ingredients, Baumgartner's recipe may require a quick trip to the grocery store. The ingredients include two types of Bush's beans, an array of seasonings like chili powder and oregano, both diced and paste tomatoes, ground turkey, and a few other miscellaneous items such as shallots, garlic, and butter.

Don't let the lengthy ingredient list fool you. Baumgartner's chili can be thrown together following five simple steps: sauté, add, boil, simmer, and garnish. If you're wanting to put a Kevin Malone spin on the recipe, Baumgartner has a secret tip. Speaking with Bon Appétit he said, "Well, you know the trick is to undercook the onions." If you're a die-hard "The Office" fan, this is probably the closest you'll ever come to enjoying a bowl of Kevin's famous chili, so be sure to follow the recipe, plus this extra step to a tee.