Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Texas-Style Lip-Smackin' Chili

Made this recipe for Texas Red Chili last night and it was awesome. Will post the cornbread recipe a bit later.

Texas-Style Lip-Smackin' Chili
Serves 8-10


  1. 5 pounds beef chuck or beef round
  2. Salt as needed
  3. Pepper as needed
  4. Masa Flour as needed
  5. Vegetable oil as needed
  6. 1-1/2 pounds small diced onion
  7. 1/2 ounce minced garlic
  8. 1 can of your favorite beer
  9. 16 ounces tomato puree
  10. 1 quart beef broth
  11. 8 ounces diced green chilies
  12. 1-3/4 ounces minced jalapenos
  13. 2 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste)
  14. 2 tablespoons chipolte chili powder (or to taste)
  15. 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
  16. 3 tablespoons ground cumin (or to taste)
  17. 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  18. Skillet Corn Bread
  19. Shredded cheddar, chopped onions, sour cream and minced jalapenos, for garnish


-Trim beef and cut into one-inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper and dredge in Masa flour.

-Heat oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Add the beef (do not crowd the beef, it must have room to brown). Sear on all sides until well-browned. Remove and reserve.

-Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook over medium heat. Don't forget to stir now and then until onions become a deep brown, about 10-12 minutes. Add a small amount of beer to deglaze the bottom of the pot (dispose of the rest of the beer however you want to!).

-Add the tomato puree and broth and bring to a boil.

-Return beef and any juices it released to the pan and bring to a slow simmer. Cover pot and place in a 325-degree oven for 1 hour. Check on the chili every 20 minutes or so, stirring and skimming the fat along the way.

-Add the chilis, jalapenos, chili powders, ground cumin and oregano. Place back in the oven for another 45 minutes (don't forget to stir).

-The meat should be very, very tender by now. To finish the chili, return to simmer on stovetop and taste. If you want to add more salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, or oregano then now is the perfect time. (Note: Adding more ingredients will not hurt my feelings!) Now, it's time to serve it up.

-Cut corn bread into wedges, split wedges in half horizontally. Ladle on chili. Enjoy!

Here's the original recipe from The Today Show.

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