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True Texas Chili

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I’m a homegrown southern woman, mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to the man of my dreams. I write a lot about motherhood and parenting.

Ingredients for chili

About True Texas Chili

I grew up with my dad being our chili cook. I would go into the kitchen and watch my dad work while he told me his recipe and that to be authentic, Texas chili should never have beans or even tomatoes. There is even a song about it called if you know beans about chili you know that chili has no beans by Ken Finlay

While a lot of people might add beans to their homemade chili recipes, a lot of Texas chili cook-offs will disqualify you if you do. In 1977 the Texas legislature officially proclaimed chili the official "state food" of Texas, and some people believe that only Texans can make authentic chili that’s any good.

While it is well debated across Texas as to what makes Texas chili, and every family seems to think their chili is the best, the one thing they can all agree on is the no beans. Other than that, it is up in the air.

My recipes are the same ones my dad made as I was growing up. It has no tomatoes or beans but is good; I do not feel you need the other stuff. But like all my recipes, please feel free to edit and make it to your taste and what your family likes. Please leave a comment below to let me know how you liked it or if you have any questions or anything to say.

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Co0k Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

3 hours

3 hours 20 min

Feeds 6 or more

  • 2 Lbs. lean beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil or lard
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 3 tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2-3c beef broth
  • Salt and Pepper, to tase

How To Make Texas Chili

  1. Heat a skillet over med-high heat. Add beef and brown on both sides for 2-3minutes.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook for two more minutes
  3. Turn heat to med-low and spices to meat and brown for another 1 minute
  4. Add flour and broth to the meat mix, and scrape up all the stuff and the bottom of the pan. Let cook on low until the meat is tender, about 3 hours
  5. Enjoy with cheese, sour cream, or other toppings you like.

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Joe G on October 29, 2017:

We like beans in our chili, but only pintos, never kidney beans, and only added to taste after the pot is finished. One other ingredient often mentioned, which is verboten and instant death in chili contests judging is beer. Gag.

Rather than plain old ground beef most Texans tell their butchers here to "chili-grind" a chuck, which gives more texture. I have no tried this recipe, but it looks correct. If you have beef suet (kidney fat), try that for the frying fat.

Brenda (author) from Florida on July 11, 2017:

Jess yours looks really good but would be very hot

Jesse Unk from Ohio on July 11, 2017:

This looks great! Very similar to my own recipe, just much milder!

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Brenda (author) from Florida on December 06, 2015:

Yes it can. After browning the meat. cook on medium heat for 6 hours or until the meat is very tender and falls apart easy. thanks for the good question sorry it took so long to reply to you.

Tina on December 06, 2015:

Can this be made in a crock pot?

Gary on August 09, 2015:

My wife and I have tried chili a hundred ways it seems. She favors the tomato based with beans. I favor no beans or tomato I like a spicy chili and like to taste the cumin in it. No right or wrong. Personal taste.

Brenda (author) from Florida on January 06, 2014:

Hot peppers yes. Instead of dry spice a lot of people will ix a few efferent peppers together. Other vegetables not so much, but you can always add what ever you like to it. If you like corn, tomatoes are other veggies go for it.

Robert Loescher from Michigan on January 06, 2014:

Wow...No beans. I never knew this. Do official Texas chili recipes ever include any vegetables? Corn, Green Peppers, Celery, etc.

Brenda (author) from Florida on November 09, 2013:

Your welcome. I hope you enjoy it :)

Marie Alana from Ohio on November 09, 2013:

I'm ready for some more chili. You have given me in site to the Texas way of making chili. Thanks!

Brenda (author) from Florida on November 09, 2013:

lol Anytime u want :)

mts1098 on November 09, 2013:

I have my bowl ready when do we eat ?

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