Mike's Texas Chili - Southern

  1. 3 lbs. Ground beef
    1 lb Ground pork
    1/2 tb Bacon fat or
    5 Precooked strips of bacon Crushed
    1/16 c Sugar
    1/8 c Dark brown sugar
    1 tb Beef soup base
    1/2 ts Instant coffee or
    1/2 c -real coffee
    1 c Chopped celery
    1 ts Thyme
    2 ts Salt
    1 ts Cummin seed
  2. 1 ts Garlic, powder or minced
    1 tb Cocoa
    2 Bay leaves
    1 ts Cilantro
    1/2 tb Mexican oregano
    1 ts Tabasco or
    1 ts Cayenne pepper (+/-to taste)
    3/8 c Chili blend
    2 tb Paprika
    1 cn V-8 juice, (48 oz. ea)
    1 c Chopped onion
    1/2 c Green and red peppers, Chopped
    1 cn Stewed tomatoes (16 oz. ea)
  1. Brown pork and beef, and drain very well. Add all ingredients to large crock pot and cover. Cook on high for 4 - 6 hours or low for 8 - 12 hours. The longer it cooks, the thicker it gets. Cubed roast or steak may be substituted for the ground meat.
  2. This can be cooked on top of the stove. Brown pork and beef, then cook onions until they become limp.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients first. Cook and mix for 5 minutes add meat last.
  4. Cover and cook on low for at least 4 hours. Stir every 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Makes 4 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