Sue's Texas Chili

  1. 2 pounds ground sirloin
    1 cup diced onions
    1 cup diced green pepper
    1 cup diced celery
    1 1/2 cup dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  2. 1 Tablespoon cumin 
    1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper
    3 cups diced tomatoes in tomato puree
    2 cups chili sauce (one whole bottle)
    1 1/2 cups water
    1/3 cup chili powder ( 2 ounces)
  1. Brown ground sirloin as quickly as possible.
  2. Add in veggies and fry for approximately 2 minutes. Now add in spices and fry into meat for approx. 3 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn. It is important in making good chili to fry these spices into the meat as it gives it a more robust flavor.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT BEANS and simmer for one hour. Stir often.
  4. Only 40 minutes after it is cooking do you add the beans. You don't want the beans to split and cook down.
  5. Serve topped with cheddar cheese, cornbread, corn chips etc.
  6. Recipe by Sue Freeman

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