texas chili

Chili. It’s one of my all-time favorite meals. When I was pregnant, I craved chili during my first trimester, despite it not being chili season. I love trying all kinds of chili, but admittedly, I can’t handle too much heat.

My first time trying Texas Chili was at a chili cookoff at my work, where one of my co-workers entered her Texas Chili recipe (which didn’t win) but stole my heart. Chili without beans? Unheard of. But Texas chili is so good you won’t even miss the musical fruit.

My co-worker gave me her recipe, and it was quite involved because she’s a great cook. Over the past couple years, I’ve simplified her recipe and made it my own. You’d think that a batch of chili involving 5 lbs of meat would last quite a while, but not in this house. This chili is so rich and meaty and good that you’ll eat more than you imagined.

 

Texas Chili

bowl of texas chili

By Haley Published: October 21, 2012

    Chili. It's one of my all-time favorite meals. When I was pregnant, I craved chili during my first trimester, despite it not being …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Trim meat, then slice into roughly 1-inch cubes and place in mixing bowl.
      beef for texas chili
    2. Combine 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tbsp cumin, 1/2 tbsp sea salt and 1/2 tbsp chili powder, and massage into meat in bowl.
    3. Sear beef in small batches in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat in dutch oven. Place batches in separate bowl for use later.
      searing beef for texas chili
    4. Using leftover oil and meat juices in pot, saute onions, poblano, jalapenos, serranos, bell pepper and 3 cloves of garlic for roughly 10 minutes.
      saute onions
    5. Blend tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 tbsp of sea salt in blender until smooth, then add to pot.
    6. Add 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp chili powder, bottle of gluten free beer, 1.5 cups of water and previously seared meat.
    7. Bring chili to boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

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