The DUDES Big Lebowski Cowboy Chili

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Chili, “It’s as American as Apple Pie.” More so! Chili? It’s an All American favorite. It’s versatile, economical, and “Oh so Tasty!” It’s easy to make, stores well, and once it is made, you can make an array of other dishes like; Chili Dogs, Tacos and Burritos based on the Chili. And that my friends is why The Dude loves his Chili so. Dude goes to Ralph’s, picks up all the necessary ingredients, Ground Chuck, tomatoes, onions, and what not. He’s already got the Cumin, salt, and peppers on hand. He got all his stuff, throws some Creedence on the stereo, chops up some onions and garlic, browns the beef, gets everything in the pot, and it’s off to simmer.

Once everything is in the pot, the Dude sets the heat to a very low flame and lets the Chili simmer for about an hour and fifteen. While the Chili simmers away, Dude is free to kick back and relax, listening to Creedence, sometimes he’ll do a bit of Tai Chi for ten minutes or so, make a Caucasian, then sit back and relax as the Chili simmers away. It’s all very Zen. Dude digs this ritual and is happy in his thoughts of that wonderful pot of Chili and its net results. Once done, Dude has some small flour tortillas already with some grated Cheddar Cheese, chopped fresh onions and fresh tomato, maybe a bit of fresh Cilantro. When the Chili is finished, Dude turns the flame off and goes to town right away. He grabs a beer and assembles a platter of 3 tasty Tacos.

Dude will take a third to have the Chili, put in sealable containers and freeze it. This he’ll pull out of the freezer in about 10 days or so after he’s gone threw what’s in the frig. He’ll thaw the Chili, and he’s already to make some Tacos or Burritos. He’s already done most of the work a week and a half before. The other half of the Chili he puts in containers and into the frig so he has his Chili on hand to make Tacos, Burritos, and Chili Cheese Omelets for the next 3 or 4 days. Dude will then take a break from the Chili items for maybe 3 or 4 days, and when he wants he’s ready for a Taco, a Burrito, or 3-Way, he’s got the Chili on hand in the freezer already made so he’s set to go. Just has to thaw it out and after that, it’s a couple tasty tacos in a few minutes flat. Pretty Smart? Dude’s got methods, and if you follow the Dudes lead, you’ll eat a lot of tasty stuff, save money, and save time. More time for; as Walter would say, “Fuck it Dude, let’s go Bowling.”

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 “It’s Easy to Make an Awesome Burrito when you have some of The DUDES Cowboy CHili already Made.”  Recipe in The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK     –   GOT ANY KAHLUA ?



Dude got this recipe from a friend of his at the Bowling Alley. A guy who never bowled himself but hung out at the bar, drinking Sioux City Sarsaparilla. He had a big thick Salt & Pepper Mustache and wore a big ass cowboy hat and Cowboy Garb. The cowboy at the bar (The Cowboy Stranger) was pretty cool. He got the Dudes stamp of approval, so you know he’s cool. Dude and the Stranger would sit around, Dude drinking a White Russian (“I’ll have another Caucasian Gary”) and the Stranger sipping on his Sarsaparilla. These two had conversations on all sorts of things. One day the conversation turned to Chili and Tacos. The Cowboy said he didn’t eat tacos all that much, but he did make a killer Chili. Dude and The Stranger talked Chili for a bit and the Dude liked what he heard. The Dude asked the Cowboy if he wouldn’t mind giving him his Chili recipe.   The Cowboy obliged the Dude, and right then and there, wrote his excellent Chili recipe down for the Dude on a couple of cocktail napkins at the bar. The Dude pasted those napkins with the cowboys Killer Chili right into his spiral bound notebook, and the Dude has been making his Chili with this recipe ever since. The Dude passes it on to you to. Go forth young man, make Chili and multiply.

 PS Dude knows, as most do, that “Cowboys make the Best Chili” !!! The reason Dude was so anxious to get the Cowboy Strangers version.



GOT ANY KAHLUA ?  a.k.a.  The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK .. Abide in It !!!





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(Soft Shell or Hard Tacos)


The Dude and Food and The Big Lebowski Cookbook






The Dude and Food? Yes the Dude likes his food. Actually, along with Bowling, getting “High,” imbibing in his favorite drink The White Russian, driving around, listening to Creedence, Tai Chi, and “A Little Bit of This a Little Bit of That,” food, cooking, and eating is a major part of The Dudes life, when he’s not getting mixed up in faux kidnappings and acting as a courier, Bowling, or having a coffee at the coffee shop with Walter, discussing life, the World, philosophizing, or what not, “What about The Fucking Toe” ??? The Dude likes to cook.

The Dude has amassed quite a nice collection of recipes over the years. He learned how to cook Home Fries from his dad who gave the little Dude some early wisdom when he told his little Jeffrey, “Son every man needs to know how to cook a few good dishes. You gotta be able to cook yourself some Eggs and Potatoes for Breakfast, how to work the barbecue grill and how to cook a Proper Steak.” Dudes mom and granny showed The Young Dude a thing or two as well. Dude got a few recipes from friends after being at parties or what not, liking a particular dish (like Burritos, Tacos, and what not) and asking the host or whoever made the dish for the recipe. Dude clipped out some recipes from newspapers and food-home and garden magazines, and got a bunch of books at garages sales and Flea Markets, just a Quarter a Pop. He scoured through these and came up with a number of good dishes he uses all the time.

The Dude has a spiral note-book where he has written down recipes or taped in clipped recipes from magazines and newspapers. It’s quite an interesting collection, and gives us a little bit more insight into The Dude, his likes and dislikes.

   This collection of The Dudes Recipes, info, and advice on food, and cooking, Life too, and a little bit of Duder philosophy here and there.

This collection of Dudes Recipes, a cookbook, is not set up and written in the normal order that you see most cookbooks written, with appetizers, to start out, then maybe a chapter on soup, followed by main course dishes with fish dishes and recipes leading the way, followed by poultry, then meat, and the cookbook ends with desserts.

The Dude’s Collected Recipes starts out with the most important things first and goes in order of importance with The White Russian being most important and thus the first recipe. There is a handful of Cocktail Recipes and wisdom, then we go into food, starting with some of Dudes favorite, most eaten recipes, like Eggs, Tuna, Chili and related recipes, soups, and on down the line.

Dude wants you to learn first-things-first. Get a handful of recipes and knowledge, build on these, and then learn one or two other things (Dishes), “Taken Her Easy” as the Cowboy Stranger would say. For example, Dude starts out with some basics on cooking Eggs, which are very easy, super quick to prepare, “Tasty,” and cheap too. All major requirements for The Dude, his food, cooking, and the recipes he likes.

So you start out slow, learn the basics, going step-by-step and building on what you learn. You will begin your foundation, making great Home Fries to start, how to make Hard Boiled Eggs, how to Fry an Egg and you’re off to a nice little start. You learn the home fries, fried and scrambled eggs and you can make yourself a plate of potatoes and eggs for breakfast at any time. And once you know how to make yourself some good scrambled and Fried Eggs, then you’ll be able to make a good number of different and varied Egg Sandwiches, like; Ham & Egg, Fried Egg and Cheese, or Ham Egg and Cheese, or whatever. Nothing like a “Tasty” quick and easy Egg Sandwich, they’re not just for breakfast, they make a great lunch, late night snack after Bowling, or anytime of the day, they’re great, and good to know how to make.

When you know how to make hard Boiled Eggs, which is the easiest thing in the world, you can eat them as is or make the laughably simple Egg Salad for tasty and zesty little Egg Salad Sandwiches anytime of the day. Again; quick, easy, tasty, and inexpensive. The Dude likes them, so does Maude, or Maudy, as Knox would say.

 Right after learning about Eggs, you’ll learn about Tuna, canned Tuna, not the fresh stuff. The Dude likes his food fresh, especially fruits and vegetables, all his fish, except of course Tuna, which he likes canned man. Yes he likes everything fresh, with two exceptions, Iced Tea and “Tuna.” When it comes to tuna, it’s gotta be canned. And a can of Tuna for The Dude is a longtime old friend that’s tried and true ever since Dudes College Days and helping to author the Port Horon Statement.

Yes The Dude subsisted and lived on canned Tuna, Spaghetti, and the occasional Burger, and leftover pizza. Dude is quite individualistic, and totally unique, but when it came to college days of smoking a lot of Thai Stick and occupying various administration buildings, in these days, the Dudes-Food and eating habits were much like most college age American males, Burgers, Pizza, and canned Tuna. Canned Tuna, a.k.a. a single guys best-friend, and that includes our hero, The Dude.

Make the Dudes Classic Tuna Salad recipe and the wonderful and satisfying Macaroni & Tuna Salad. It’s awesome and especially refreshing thing to eat during hot summer months, and it’s super economical too.

  After the Tuna, you’ll move on to one of the Dudes most beloved and quite versatile food items, Chili. Chili and all the things you can do with it, like; Chili con Carne, 3-Way Chili, Beef Burritos or Tacos stuffed with Dudes Chili. These are Dudes favorites of all, Tacos and Burritos made with his Chili and a few other ingredients thrown into the assemblage. Once Dude has his Chili, he just serves it in a bowl with all the necessary condiments, like chopped onions, shredded Cheese, and crackers. And The Dude usually grabs himself a nice cold Beer when sitting down to enjoy a bowl of his specially made Cowboy Chili. Yumm!!!!

Excerpted From GOT ANY KAHLUA  The Collected Recipes of The Dude 

by Daniel Zwicke


The Big Lebowski Cookbook

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The DUDES 2nd Favorite Cookbook













What About The FUCKING TOE ???

WALTER : That wasn’t her to Dude.

DUDE :  Whose Toe was it Walter?

WALTER : How the FUCK should I know? I know that nothing about it indicates

DUDE : The Nail Polish Walter!

WALTER : Fine Dude, is it impossible to apply some nail polish to someones toe?

DUDE : Where the fuck are they gonna get a Toe?

WALTER : You want a toe? Hell I can get you a toe Dude .. Beleive me they are ways, 

                      you don’t wanna know Dude ..

DUDE : Yeah but Walter.

WALTER : Hell I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon … With nail polish .. Fucking amateurs !!! They send us a toe and expect us to Shit ourselves in fear  ….

DUDE : Walter ????

WALTER : Jesus Christ !

DUDE : Walter 

WALTER : The point is  …

DUDE : Walter? They’re gonna kill her, and then they’re gonna kill me.

WALTER : That’s … That’s just the stress talking man. Now what it seems we have so far is  

                      what appears to me to be a string of victimless crimes.

DUDE : What ABout The FUCKING TOE ???? !!!!!!!

WALTER :  Forget ABout The FUCKING TOE !!!!

by Daniel Zwicke
“FAR OUT MAN”  !!!!
Walter :  “FCUKING NAZIS” !!!
Donny :  “They Were NAZIS DUDE?”