Gilley’s was once the world’s largest honky tonk. It grew into an icon and became ingrained in the DNA of Texas. Home to Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee it also featured many other acts in its heyday from Loretta Lynn to Waylon Jennings and many more. Soon Hollywood took notice and Paramount came knocking to film the Urban Cowboy Movie featuring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The biggest little joint in Pasa-get-down-dena became an overnight sensation and folks from all over the country were boot scootin’ their way inside. There were nightly concerts and dancin’, bull ridin’ and pool playin’, and of course Gilley’s Chili was on the menu. The Gilley’s Wild Bull Chili was served nightly. In the summertime Gilley’s hosted an annual chili cook-off. It became quite the affair. Gilley’s Chili was then packaged so that cowpokes could grab the seasoning to go and make it themselves at home.

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