Real Texas Chili I

  1. 6 ounces salt pork
    3 pounds stew beef, diced
    4 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 teaspoon pepper
    6 tablespoons chili powder
  2. 8 tablespoons instant masa
    6 cups hot water
    2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
    2 teaspoons beef base or bouillon granules
    2 red chili peppers, chopped
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook salt pork until rendered; remove the solids.
  2. In the skillet cook diced stew beef in the rendered salt pork until lightly browned. Add crushed garlic cloves, pepper, and chili powder.
  3. Sprinkle with instant masa and stir until smooth. Add hot water, vinegar, beef base, and chopped red chili peppers.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer until the stew beef is tender.
  5. Makes 8 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