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Still looking for Stagg chili

A few years ago I posted a message looking for Stagg chili in the Philadelphia area (suburbs, south
jersey, etc.). I received several responses - Costco, Pathmark but neither of them actually carried the product. I am still looking and wondered if any Chowhound fans have seen Stagg anywhere. I'll travel for it. For those of you who don't know Stagg chili - It's a canned chili made in CA. A number of years ago Hormel bought the company but they have not interfered with the product. I know I can buy Stagg chili directly from Hormel but it is quite costly that way. But it's what I will have to resort to if there really is nowhere to buy Stagg in the Philadelphia (or tri-state) area. I can't be the only one who loves and eats this chili! Or am I?

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  1. Why not just purchase it online?

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    1. re: crazyspice

      I could do that. it would be about $43/case of 12. A can of Stagg chili sells for $1.99 in the store. Big difference

    2. would it make sense for me to purchase a case here and ground-freight it to you? I can't go to a store without running into the stuff. my favorite is green chile...

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      1. re: mamachef

        That is very sweet. you must be west of the Mississippi. Last year, while my daughter still lived in CA., she sent me 6 cans for my birthday. The chili was cheap but the shipping was a fortune. It probably would cost almost as much as buying it straight from Hormel. But if you're ever driving to Philadelphia I would take you up on your offer. Thanks mucho. And, by the way, Classic is my chili of choice.

      2. Do you find Stagg chili to help get the "creative juices" flowing when writing that all important next novel? You are that Jennifer Weiner, aren't you?

        just kidding

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        1. re: RitterSportRules

          LOL...i thought the same thing....just finished the lastest novel so it was on my mind!

          1. re: RitterSportRules

            no, but she does live around the corner from me. she probably wouldn't know stagg chili from a stag guy.

          2. i thought I saw it at Genardis in Cherry Hill a while back. Maybe give them a call.

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            1. re: mschow

              checked there last year. no go. but thanks

            2. Well, if you don't mind a 108-oz can, you can order from Amazon. A lot of times they ship orders over $25 free. Not sure what you'd do with 108 ounces though--repack in containers and freeze?


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              1. re: gaffk

                That's a great idea, especially if you freeze it in Zip-locks, flat on cookie sheets. Then they'd be stackable and take up a lot less room.

              2. Have you tried Walmart and/or K Mart?

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                1. re: cheesewit

                  K Mart has it on-line for 34.95/case of 12 and free shipping until 10/9/10 on orders over $30.00

                  1. re: Bigley9

                    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Not only did I get free shipping from Kmart but I also got 10% off the case. I am forever indebted to you. I just may order another case before the 10/9 deadline. Bigley 9, you made my day. If you're ever in Phila. stop by for a piece of apple cake. I make the best. And thanks to everyone who took the time to reply with their thoughtful responses. Who knows? Someday I might order that 108 oz. can from Amazon.
                    Sorry that I wasn't Jennifer Wiener but my husband is a novelist. His book, Etta, was published by Random House in Mar. 2009. It's a fictionalized account of Etta Place, the girlfriend of the Sundance Kid.
                    Thanks again, especially you, Bigley9!

                    1. re: jweiner

                      Glad I could help. I am a Phila resident - I just always get interested in items that people are looking for - so in an effort to find out why Stagg Chili was such a siren call for you I stumbled across the KMart deal! Enjoy!

                      1. re: jweiner

                        Bigley9 - I just wanted to update you on my Stagg chili-KMart order. I placed my order on 9/22 and yesterday they sent me an email cancelling my order - no explanation. They refunded my money but now I'm back to square one!

                  2. Have you tried calling customer service at the company and asking them which local stores carry their products?

                    1. I have to wonder if your usual grocery store wouldn't just order a case as a courtesy to you? My local grocery's been muy helpful in that way with helping me obtain some obscure products (well, not obscure, but Kosher products in a decidedly non-ethnic store in a non-Jewish neighborhood.) I did have to purchase the entire case, but it was still worth it because I didn't have to pay the shipping for an individual order from the company. It's worth a try, esp. if you trade there regularly. And yep, I'm West of the old Miss., I live in sunny (HA!) Ca. If I head to Philadelphia, consider yourself the recipient of a hand-delivered case of Stagg Classic.
                      And yeah, I wondered if you were that Jennifer Weiner too; love her books, and she clearly loves her food!

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                      1. re: mamachef

                        Costco in Florida has Stagg Chili 6 packs

                        1. re: ospreycove

                          Where in Florida? It's a long state.

                          1. re: jweiner

                            Brandon Costco; just south of
                            Tampa on I-75

                            1. re: ospreycove

                              Thanks. I wonder if any of the other Costco's in Florida carry it. My daughter just moved to Gainesville; the closest store is in jacksonville.

                      2. Have you asked your local market if they'd special-order it for you? Some will, and it certainly wouldn't hurt to ask.

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                        1. re: Muskrat

                          i've asked all my local markets if they could special order me a case but none of them would or could. It was very disappointing. The Hormel site lists a number of stores in the Phila. area that carry it but those stores don't actually carry it. It's just erroneous information on Hormel's part.

                        2. I love Stagg Chili! My favorite kind is the Steak House Straight Chili, loaded with beef. I sometimes eat it straight out of the can without even heating it up!

                          1. Just in Costco - Montgomeryville and they have Staggs Steakhouse Reserve Chili. It is excellent.

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                            1. re: ken from conshy

                              WOW! Maybe they have it at the K of P Costco. I called them several years ago. They said they didn't carry it. But maybe the lady I spoke with had no idea what I was talking about. I might have to join Costco. Thanks.

                              1. re: jweiner

                                Was just in the KOP Costco and they also had Staggs Steakhouse Reserve Chili. Box/carton of 6 cans - didn't pay attention to the price though (sorry).

                                1. re: EpicurBurbs

                                  Thanks for letting me know. Looks like I'll have to get myself over to KOP and join Costco.

                            2. I wish you success in your search. This is one of the few times I've come across a US-produced item available here in Canada that is not readily available all over the US. The Loblaw chain carries Stagg Steakhouse straight chili here in Toronto, and it is a favourite of mine. I hope you find a source at reasonable cost nearer to Philadelphia.

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                              1. re: teddybtoronto

                                I'm glad it's available in Toronto. I still haven't found it in the Philadelphia area. I can order a case from Hormel; it's just so much more expensive than the $1.99 it costs in the supermarket. If anyone out there knows where Stagg is available in and around Phila. please let me know. I'm still looking!

                                1. re: jweiner

                                  I hope you find a local source of supply in the Philly area. I love this stuff! I certainly understand your reluctance to pay the absurd price to get it directly from Hormel. There's GOT to be some store in your area that stocks this product. I wish you all the best in finding it!

                                  1. re: teddybtoronto

                                    Thank you. I think Costco may carry it but I'm not a member . I'm thinking about getting a membership.

                                    1. re: jweiner

                                      Costco did carry it here in Los Angeles, but hasn't been seen recently there either. I know because I am on the same quest for the Steakhouse Reserve. I didn't even see it available at the Stagg website, but sent a message inquiring about it anyway. If anyone finds this anywhere, please do post it for me even if its pricey... Other chili is so disappointing now, I wish I'd never had it if its been discontinued.

                                      1. re: VOXLEO

                                        Okay - official response from Stagg:

                                        Thank you for contacting us about STAGG® STEAK HOUSE RESERVE™ Chili.

                                        This is sold only to Costco stores. You can order the 'no bean' variety online here: http://hormelfoods.elsstore.com/view/...


                                        Consumer Response Specialist

                                        Guess this means Costco is the only source... Gotta find out when they stock it I guess.

                                        1. re: VOXLEO

                                          I tried the "Steakhouse Reserve" as sold at COSTCO; now, I am no conniseur/judge of canned chili, but It was the saltiest thing this side of the salt flats in Trappani! WOW I think it supplied more than 50% of the %DV for Sodium, aside from that it tasted o.k. but I think I will stick to my own recipe.

                                          1. re: VOXLEO

                                            I see this at the Costco in KOP all the time!