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Published November 08, 2013, 12:49 PM

Minto serves Guinness World Record breaking pot of chili

MINTO, N.D. (AP) — A small northeastern North Dakota community is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest serving of chili con carne.

MINTO, N.D. (AP) — A small northeastern North Dakota community is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest serving of chili con carne.

Guinness confirmed that Minto had cooked a pot of 2,240 pounds of chili in June, breaking a 10-year-old record by more than 1,000 pounds, the Grand Forks Herald reported. The previous record was set in 2003, when the Keystone Aquatic Club in Harrisburg, Pa., cooked a pot of 1,430 pounds.

The news that Minto, home to about 600 people, had broken the previous record was announced Thursday evening before a crowd of 250 local residents who gathered for another benefit feed featuring chili, said Chris Misialek, one of the event organizers.

"You are officially amazing," Misialek said, quoting the letter from Guinness to a crowd of cheering people.

Guinness required proof of the event through newspaper stories and advertising. Required evidence also included 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.

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

Misialek estimated the crowd at the June chili feed was about 4,000 people.

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