Fred's Texas Red Chili

  1. 6 lbs. lean beef, coarsely cubed
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup chile powder
    2 Tbs. ground cumin
    2 Tbs. ground Mexican oregano
    2 Tbs. salt
  2. 1 to 2 Tbs. cayenne pepper
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups strong black coffee
    2 qts. beef stock or canned beef broth
    1/2 cup masa harina
    1/2 cup cold water
  1. Brown meat in vegetable oil in a Dutch oven (this makes a lot of chile, so you may have to brown the meat in batches).
  2. Mix all the spices together and add to meat, coating it well. Add the garlic. Pour in the coffee and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes. Then add the beef broth and simmer for 90 minutes.
  3. Before serving, mix the masa harina and cold water and add to the chile. Heat for a few more minutes, then serve.
  4. Traditionally served with chopped sweet onions sprinkled over the chile.
  5. Makes 4 quarts
  6. Recipe by Fred

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