Lean Mean Texas Chili

  1. 1 pound lean (7% fat) ground beef
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
    2 tablespoons ground New Mexico chili powder
  2. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, with their liquid
    1 cup beer
    1 pkg. (14oz) Lightlife GimmeLean™ Beef Flavor
  1. Coat a large skillet very generously with cooking spray. Add the meat, onions, garlic, and jalapeño. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat, until the beef loses its red color, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the chili powder, cumin, and oregano until the spices are fragrant, 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, using the spoon to break them up. Pour in the beer. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook the chili 20 minutes, until the beef is tender.
  4. Break up the block of crumbles with a wooden spoons. Mix them into the chili. Cook 10 minutes.
  5. Serve, or cool the chili to room temperature. Serve, accompanied by kidney beans, and cooked rice or crackers.
  6. Makes 6 servings
  7. Recipe by Dana Jacobi

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