Pedernales River Chili

  1. 4 pounds coarsely-ground beef
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  6. 6 teaspoons red chili powder
  7. 2 (16 ounce) cans tomatoes
  8. Salt, to taste
  9. 2 cups hot water
  1. Put the meat, onion and garlic in a large pot and sear until light brown.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Let cool, then refrigerate.
  4. Skim the congealed fat from the top. Reheat the chili to serve.
  5. Makes 12 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