Senator John Tower's Texas Chili

  1. 3 lbs. coarsely ground flank steak
    15 oz. can tomato sauce
    1 cup water
    1 tsp Tabasco sauce
    3 heaping Tbsp ground chili powder
    1 heaping Tbsp Mexican oregano
    1 heaping Tbsp Cumin
    2 onions, chopped
  2. garlic to taste
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp cayenne
    1 tsp paprika
    12 red peppers
    4-5 chili pods
    2 heaping Tbsp flour
  1. Sear meat until grey.
  2. Add tomato sauce and water, stirring until well blended.
  3. Add Tabasco sauce, chili powder, oregano, cumin, onions, garlic, salt, cayenne, paprika, red peppers and chili pods. Simmer one hour and fifteen minutes over mesquite wood (if possible).
  4. Add thickening of flour mixed with water. Simmer another 30 minutes, stirring often.

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