All Beef Texas Chili

  1. 1/3 cup corn oil - (approximately)
    6 pounds beef chuck - in 1/2-inch cubes
    1 cup minced onion
    1/3 cup minced garlic
    3 cups beef broth - (approximately)
    3 cups flat beer
    1 1/2 cups water
    1/4 cup high-quality chili powder (or to taste)
  2. 6 pounds tomatoes - (three 2 lb. cans) drained and chopped
    1/3 cup tomato paste
    1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
    3 tablespoons cumin seed
    salt - to taste
    cayenne pepper - to taste
    masa harina or cornmeal - if needed
  1. In a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat, warm 3 tablespoons of the oil. Brown beef in batches, adding more oil as necessary and transferring meat with a slotted spoon to a large stockpot when well browned. Do not crowd skillet.
  2. Reduce heat to moderately low. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add to stockpot along with broth, beer, the water, chili powder, tomato, tomato paste, and oregano.
  4. In a small skillet over low heat, toast cumin seed until fragrant; do not allow to burn. Grind in an electric minichopper or with a mortar and pestle. Add to stockpot.
  5. Over high heat bring mixture to a simmer. Add salt, cayenne, and more chili powder to taste. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, partially covered, until beef is tender (about 1-1/2 hours).
  6. Check occasionally and add more broth if mixture seems dry. If chili is too thin when meat is tender, stir in up to 2 tablespoons masa harina. Cook an additional 5 minutes to thicken. Serve chili hot.
  7. Recipe by the Ladies Home Journal

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