Tad and Gary, Founders

Tad Tandler and Gary Barr, founders of Tad’s Dad’s Chili.

Tad Tandler and Gary Barr, founders of Tad’s Dad’s Chili.

In 2014, Tad moved to Denver, CO and brought the chili to a cook-off at the high school where she taught special education. Out of 40 entries, her chili won the “Best Overall” award; the principal of the school told her that people were fighting over the last few bites and raving at the exquisite and unique flavor. He implored Tad to get the chili to market - it was just too good not to share, and he was sure it would be a huge success.

In the summer of 2017, Tad was ready to develop the chili and take it to market. Conscious Chili, LLC was formed, and with the help of a friend, they researched existing chili on the market, tasted them and ranked the categories and characteristics of each chili. Developing the final product too many months and entailed individual rankings and feedback from over 100 people.

Tad Tandler, after making some of her famous chili.

Tad Tandler, after making some of her famous chili.

Tad Tandler and Gary Barr, founders of Tad’s Dad’s Chili.

Tad Tandler and Gary Barr, founders of Tad’s Dad’s Chili.

Gary Barr, waiting for some homemade chili!

Gary Barr, waiting for some homemade chili!

When the final version was decided upon in February 2018, Tad and her business partner and husband, Gary Barr signed a contract with Kitchen Network, Colorado’s only USDA approved bottling facility (www.kitchennetworkdenver.com) and have been submitting samples of the chili to meet the FDA shelf life and HACCP standards.  The chili is almost ready for the FDA recipe process approval, which will take 3-4 months before it can go into production.  Once this process is complete, The Kitchen Network will be engaged to make, bottle, and label TDC, where it will be sent to the warehouse to be distributed to markets and sold to individual retail customers!

Email us to learn more!
tad@tadsdadschili.com or gary@tadsdadschili.com.

Tad’s Dad

Ty Tandler, a West Point grad and lifelong Air Force vet, loved life, family, and in particular - the Washington Redskins. His elaborate tailgate spreads were renowned for his famous chili. It was so tasty - so unique…what was in it? For many years, Ty’s only daughter, Tad, was his sidekick and partner in prep. Upon Ty’s passing, Tad knew her dad’s chili had to be shared with the world. It’s a fantastic comfort food, good for all seasons!

While serving his country for decades, Colonel Tyler Winslow Tandler of the U.S. Air Force, also loved to serve his much-loved chili recipe for his family with the intention of passing it down from generation to generation. Tad was right alongside him in the family kitchen watching and learning, and contributing to the perfection that is now Tad’s Dad’s chili.

While serving his country for decades, Colonel Tyler Winslow Tandler of the U.S. Air Force, also loved to serve his much-loved chili recipe for his family with the intention of passing it down from generation to generation. Tad was right alongside him in the family kitchen watching and learning, and contributing to the perfection that is now Tad’s Dad’s chili.

Colonel Tandler and children, Bob, Rich, and Tad. John was in the water, about to be pulled up on waterskis!

Colonel Tandler and children, Bob, Rich, and Tad. John was in the water, about to be pulled up on waterskis!

One of the many aircraft Ty had flown for the U.S. Air Force throughout his career.

One of the many aircraft Ty had flown for the U.S. Air Force throughout his career.

Looking over Dad’s shoulder as usual, Tad happily photobombs this picture.

Looking over Dad’s shoulder as usual, Tad happily photobombs this picture.

Redskins fans, Ty, John, Bob, Rich, Tad, and Mimi.

Redskins fans, Ty, John, Bob, Rich, Tad, and Mimi.

Sitting at home, proudly wearing his West Point t-shirt. Left to right: Tad’s Dad, Colonel Tyler, grandson Tyler and nephew Tyler.

Sitting at home, proudly wearing his West Point t-shirt. Left to right: Tad’s Dad, Colonel Tyler, grandson Tyler and nephew Tyler.