East Texas Red Chili

  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 pounds beef steaks, chopped
    2 onions, chopped
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon oregano
    4 tablespoons paprika
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
    2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
    1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, chopped
    3 cups water, divided use
    6 jalapeƱos, seeded and chopped
    4 1/2 ounces milk chocolate candy bars
  1. In a kettle, heat oil over medium heat. Add finely chopped beef steaks and chopped onions; saute, stirring frequently.
  2. Add garlic powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and tomato sauce. Stir in chopped whole tomatoes and simmer.
  3. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan and add chopped jalapeno peppers. Stir occasionally, until the peppers are soft. Drain and puree in a blender or food processor. Add the peppers to the meat mixture.
  4. Rinse the blender with 1 cup water and add to the meat mixture. Stir in chocolate candy bar and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Makes 8 servings

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