The Office has found renewed fame since streaming services made the series watchable in huge binges. Kevin Malone, performed by actor Brian Baumgartner, was one of the most beloved characters from the incredible cast. The persona turned out to be so successful that it made Brian a millionaire years later.

Fans of “The Office” were in a tizzy after an intelligent TikTok user revealed that the recipe for “Kevin’s Famous Chili” is buried within the terms and conditions of Peacock, the comedy series’ exclusive streaming home. On TikTok, a video describing the epicurean Easter egg has over 131,000 views.

“Is it because no one ever reads these??” captioned the user @mckenziefloyd above a snippet of the delicious addendum, which her boyfriend accidentally discovered while glancing the NBC Universal streamer’s agreement. Floyd further added: “I’m trying to figure out why the chili from The Office, the recipe, is on here in the terms of conditions with the instructions. Why was that necessary to put on here?”

Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) takes his eponymous specialty into the Dunder-Mifflin building for his coworkers to enjoy in Episode 26 of Season 5 of “The Office.” In the amusing cold open, Malone teases, “It’s a recipe passed down from Malones for generations. It’s probably the thing I do best.” Unfortunately, the generous employee’s attempt to share his family’s delicacy backfires as he spills the chili all over the floor, which he then attempts to scoop back into the pot but fails.

Floyd stated in the comments section that she has yet to try the dish, but we’ve posted the complete recipe in case any “Office” fans want to give it a shot.

Ingredients

  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable, canola or grapeseed)
  • 3 pounds ground beef (80/20 or 85/15 lean)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 large jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer (lager or pale ale)
  • 3 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 ½ cups chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Chopped scallions, shredded Jack cheese and sour cream, for topping

Directions

  1. Tear ancho chilies into pieces, discarding seeds and stems. In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, toast chilies over medium-high, stirring occasionally until very fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer toasted ancho chilies to a food processor or spice mill and process until very finely ground. Set aside.
  2. Add oil to pot and heat over medium-high. Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally to break beef into small pieces, until well-browned (about six minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add onion to pot and cook briefly over medium-high until barely softened, about two minutes. The secret is to undercook the onions.
  4. Using a garlic press, press garlic directly into the pot, one clove at a time. Then stir in jalapeños, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper and tomato paste. Stir and cook until fragrant, about two minutes. Add beer and continue to cook, stirring and scraping the pan, about seven minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, put beans in a large bowl and mash briefly with a potato masher until broken up but not fully mashed.
  6. Add mashed beans, stock, tomatoes, salt and cooked beef to pot. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low to maintain simmer and cook two hours so everything gets to know each other in the pot. Remove from heat, uncover and let stand at least one hour (can also be refrigerated eight hours or overnight).
  7. Reheat gently, taste and add more salt if necessary, and serve with your favorite toppings. We recommend chopped scallions, shredded Jack cheese and sour cream.

This isn’t the first time Peacock’s terms of service agreement has included culinary instructions. In the year 2020, individuals with keen eyes noticed that the document contained a random chocolate cake recipe. Take a look at the iconic scene from The Office below.

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