Texas Chili Recipes, Hints & Videos

Texas Chili Recipes, Hints & Videos

Texas Chili is a blend of chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions, cumin and sometimes tomatoes. Also called "Chile Con Carne," it is basically a meat stew. Unlike traditional chili which contains beans, Texas Chili is never made with beans. In fact, Texans will argue that adding beans makes your stew no longer a chili.

In any case, Texas Chili is a hearty one-pot meal that takes a short time to prepare and a long time to enjoy. You can serve it alone or with velvety cornbread and toppings such as cheese, onions, sour cream and jalapeños. But no matter how you serve it, be prepared to make a lot as everyone will want to come back for seconds.

Texas Chili Recipes

Basic Texas Chili

A simpler chili without beans, but with plenty of flavor.


2 lbs. beef chuck, cut into ½" cubes, all white removed

1 small onion, chopped fine

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and black pepper to taste

Water or beef broth

2-3 Tbs. chili powder, Adams preferred

1 Tbs. ground cumin

1 8-oz. can tomato sauce

2 Tbs. flour or cornmeal

1/2 C. water


In a heavy skillet, sauté the meat in a small amount of oil or shortening until it is gray and gives up its juices. Transfer the meat to a crock pot. Sauté lightly the onion and garlic, salt and black pepper to taste. Add to crock pot. Add enough water or beef broth to come 1/2 way up the meat. Put in the spices and tomato sauce dry. If the chili is not spicy enough for your taste, add a small amount of cayenne. Cover and cook 8 - 10 hours. Add flour or cornmeal to pot to thicken. If the chili is too dry, add a little more beef broth, if too watery, turn on high and remove cover and let dry out to desired consistency.

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