A recipe for Chili con Carne from a Mrs. Esbern Hanson, Grayling, Michigan (1937).
One lb. roundsteak cut up in very small cubes. Fry in butter slowly until tender. Fry chopped onions in butter until done. Put together in a kettle and add 1 can mushrooms and a few sliced stuffed olives, 1 can kidney beans, about two pimentos cut up fine. Salt, pepper, cayenne. thicken with flour and water thickening. Serve on lettuce leaf with buttered roll.