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Minto wins Guinness Book of World Records title for biggest pot of chili

(Forum Communications)

The community of Minto, N.D. is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest serving of chili con carne.

The news was announced Thursday evening before a crowd of about 250 community members who just happened to be gathered for another benefit chili feed, according to Chris Misialek, one of the event organizers.

Guinness confirmed that the Minto community indeed cooked a pot of 2,240 pounds of chili in June. That mark broke a 10-year-old record by more than 1,000 pounds. In 2003, the Keystone Aquatic Club in Harrisburg, Pa., entered the record book with a pot of 1,430 pounds.

"You are officially amazing," Misialek quoted the letter from Guinness to the crowd of cheering fans.

Guinness required proof of the event through newspaper stories and advertising. Required evidence also includes the schematics of the 300-gallon milk container that was converted into a chili pot.

Dumped into the pot were 900 pounds of diced tomatoes, 700 pounds of ground beef, 500 pounds of kidney beans, 250 pounds of onions and green peppers and 70 pounds of spices.

"It's great," Misialek said. "We're on top of the world right now," he said after making the announcement.

Organizers then brought out Champagne to share with those who wished to partake while watching the Minnesota Vikings take on the Washington Redskins.

The June event, which raised about $10,000, was a benefit for several Minto-area causes.

Misialek, owner of the Harvey Avenue Saloon in Minto, estimated the crowd at the June chili feed at about 4,000. The community has about 600 residents.

Thursday's feed will benefit the Minto Historical Society Museum.

The letter from Guinness actually arrived Tuesday. However, Misialek and other organizers decided to keep it sealed until Thursday's event.

The Guinness letter also said the community will receive certificates of the official record within 10 days. The community also will be able to use the Guinness logo and record on its website.

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Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.