No. 1 Texas Chili

  1. 1 cup chopped onions
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. 2 pounds beef round, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  8. 5 tablespoons chili powder
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons red jalapeno powder
  10. 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  11. 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  12. Cooked beans, rice or bread
  13. Sour cream
  14. 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  15. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground dried Mexican oregano
  1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, sauté the onions and garlic in the oil until soft. Add the beef and cook until browned.
  2. Add the salt, sugar, pepper, oregano, cumin, chili powder, jalapeno powder, tomato sauce, and 1 1/2 cups water; stir well.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmering boil and cook, partially covered, for 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. To thicken chili add cornmeal and stir well to combine. Return to low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with beans, rice, or bread on the side: all useful for muffling the heat. Also helpful is a tablespoon of sour cream.

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases