Fred Drexel's 1981 Winning Chili Recipe

  1. 2 1/2 lbs. beef brisket, cut into 1 in. cubes
    1 lb lean pork, ground
    1 large onion, chopped finely
    2 tbsp Wesson oil
    salt and pepper to taste
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tbsp diced green chilies
    8 oz tomato sauce
  2. 1 beef bouillon cube
    12 oz Budweiser beer
    1 1/4 cup water
    4 tbsp chili powder (or 6 tbsp if desired)
    2 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
    1/8 tsp dry mustard
    1/8 tsp brown sugar
    1 pinch of oregano
  1. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, brown the beef, pork and onions in hot Wesson oil.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well. Cover and simmer 3 to 4 hours, until meat is tender and chili is thick and bubbly.
  3. Stir occasionally.
  4. Makes 4 servings
  5. Recipe by Fred Drexel

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