Recipe Review

You Can Now Find ‘Kevin’s Famous Chili’ Recipe from ‘The Office’ in Peacock’s User Agreement

published Feb 28, 2022
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Easy Whole30 Chili

We’re all guilty of scrolling through those long legal agreements, jumping to the “I Agree” at the end to blindly get to the next step. For those who actually stick it out though, sometimes there’s a little reward. Call it what you will (an Easter egg or a sneaky way to get their customers to fully read the fine print), but Peacock has recently popped a tasty reward into its legal jargon.

The streaming service offered by NBCUniversal has hidden a chili recipe in the terms and conditions of usage that fans of the sitcom The Office will easily recognize. In the series, Brian Baumgartner’s character Kevin Malone brings his “Kevin’s Famous Chili” into the office once a year, a generational recipe he says is “probably the thing I do best.”

For a bit of context, in episode 26 of season 5, the gigantic pot of chili gets the better of Kevin, causing him to lose his grip and drop it, spilling all his hours of hard work onto the floor. Scooping the chili with a file folder is his last resort, as he slips and slides all over the puddles of beans and beef. 

As this episode (and all seasons) of The Office are free to stream on Peacock, this recipe comes to the delight of its customers. But they’ll have to dig pretty deep into the user agreement to find it. That didn’t stop one social media user from doing the work though. TikToker @mckenziefloyd recently posted a video explaining that her boyfriend found it since he “obviously reads the terms and conditions.”

Sneaking in a little fun into the doldrums of legalese is something Peacock has done before. When the streaming service first launched in 2020, they snuck a chocolate cake recipe into one of the document’s subsections.

“At Peacock, we don’t make promises we can’t keep,” the section read. “So, please see below for a very delicious, Peacock-approved, just-like-Grandma-used-to-make chocolate cake recipe.”

If you want to try a vegetarian chili instead, check out these Vegetarian Chili Cheese Nachos. Just don’t drop it.