I’m just disappointed that the ingredients don’t include any real wolf meat. false advertising if you ask me.
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Exactly who that guy is hahs been discussed at lenghth here at this forum. We got to the bottom of the subject. Now I can’t remember who that guy was, daaa???
Bob, try using the search here and see if you can find him, if you want to.
Adj, them’s fightin words here in Texas! :~) Most of us have been eatin Wolf since we were kids. I bet I’ve had it a 1,000 times, and I’m not done yet! It may be an aquired taste? Some Wolf chili dogs, w/ mustard, cheese, and saur kraut sounds good for tonight!
This has brought back a childhood memory of the old guy I would see in Wolf Brand Chili commercials on our old B&W round screen TV in Lindsay, Oklahoma. I’m thinking around 1959 or before because we moved to California in 1960. I don’t remember a rocking chair, but that sounds about right because this was a really old guy. I remember a light-colored cowboy hat, and glasses that seemed a little dark. He always struck me as a guy who might have been a real cowboy. He had a gruff voice. I was told that as a small child I could imitate his voice and pitch line–something like "Neighbor… How long has it been since you had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand chili? (heh heh) Well, that’s too long!", and was asked to do so when all the grownups would get together to roars of laughter.
Canned chili. The whole idea scares me. Been there; done that, et.al. Kinda’ reminds me of cheap dog food. [8)]
I think the ingredients for Wolf have changed over the years; I couldn’t stand it as a kid because of big lumps of very fatty meat but you don’t find that in the can these days. I think there’s also less cumin than there used to be.
Beef heart? I have several cans of Wolf in the pantry; none of the labels list that but I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I make a pot of chili [:p][:p][:p]. I’ve seen beef hearts in the meat sections of several supermarkets but never knew what to use it for.
I recently picked up a can of Austex chili — must’ve been 30 or 40 years since I had some of that. The label did list beef hearts just after beef. Not very good chili, imo, but mainly because of the mushiness of the product – not many nuggets of identifiable meat. Might be good for hot dogs though.
I don’t ever remember Chill Wills doing commercials for Wolf but he might have. The more recent campaigns, 10 or 15 years ago featured an actor who also did commercials for Houston Lighting and Power here for a long time. There was a write-up about him in the paper many years ago but I can’t remember his name. I’ve seen him also in some B-movies. I don’t think IMDB lists commercial credits [:(]. The guy I’m remembering was not that old; there was a large variety of scenarios – I don’t remember the one in a rocking chair.
INSTANT UPDATE: It proved to be a simple matter to search on Dogpile and come up with this guy: Bob Magruder, a Dallas based actor and announcer. Unfortunately there’s no pic and I confess to being a computer illiterate when it comes to playing the sample audio files. His voice print identifies him as ‘the benevolent authority.’
No, it was definitely not Chill Wills in the TV spot. I would like to know who it was, it seemed like we were supposed to know. It was an old-timer in a rocking chair, really poorly lit. And here’s the line: "Neighbor… How long has it been since you had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand chili? (huh, huh) Well, that’s too long!"
[:D]You can get Wolf Brand Chili,Hormels Chili,plus several other brands including Hill Country Fare Brand,which is the house brand for H.E.B.Grocery Stores here in San Antonio and the south Texas region.Heck they must be all over the state and i know they are also in Mexico.
Walmart here also sell their brand Good Value Chili,which is actually pretty good. I prefer mild chili cause cumin always upsets my stomach as does to much garlic.
Frito pie is where you open a bag of fritos and pour chili inside on top of them and usually eaten with a spoon .Or you could put the fritos into a bowl,pour over chili and top with cheese like i do on occasion.You can also buy around here both Austex’s Mexene Chili Powder and Gedhardt’s Chili Powder.
Oh yeah they also sell here Austex chili too.
Cryano, I think I stumbled on the kind of chili that has beef heart in it. It’s the "greek style" chili sauce used on hot dogs. Shoot, now I guess I’ll have to chop up my owm beef heart to put in the Wolf Brand.
Nop, it wasn’t Big Tex Xannie. But, I am now thinking my friend is right, it may have been Chill Wills? And it was "steamin" not "heapin". I like mine steamin and heapin!
Boy there is some interesting stuff if you google …"wolf brand chili" history…! The name of the wolf on the can, a book all about Wolf Brand (anyone have it?), Will Rogers love for Wolf Brand, and trucks shaped like a can Wolf Brand with a live wolf in the back. Oh, and why Wolf Brand didn’t sell well in Oklahoma, the crocery store folks put it with the dog food because of the picture on the can.
"How longs it ben since you had a big heapin bowl of Wolf Brand chili? HuHuHu….. Well thats tooooo long!"
This was an old TV and radio ad for Wolf Brand that has started back recently. But, who was the origional voice? One of my friends says it was Chill Wills but I don’t think so. Any of you oldies remember?
I tried tracking the heart thing down and didn’t get very far. I know I didn’t just dream it up…or I think I know, or whatever. Since I can’t find support for it when googling, I guess I was wrong. Sorry.
Anyway, I caved in and bought a few of the smaller cans of Wolf Brand when I was in Dallas last month. Ate one for lunch last week and it was fine, esp. with the freshly made salsa the local grocery store sells.
Cyrano, the ingredients on my can just says "beef". I guess I will have to add my own heart and so on. Or, might the word beef cover the weird stuff? Oh well, who cares, it’s good stuff!
Hey Rick, I like Hormel also. My fav is the hormel HOT. And I like their tamalie’s. They make those HOT also. A good meal for two is a can of the tamalie’s covered with cheder cheese and chili. But I still like Wolf for chili dogs and Frito Pie, oh, and tha chiligeti.
Think "son-of-a-bitch stew."
But I just plain don’t like Wolf’s chili. No big deal, just not fond of it. For some reason Hormel’s is a comfort food for me. It cured a hangover many, many years ago. [xx(]
Nope, no turkey or beans! Just the meat kind.
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