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Texas Red Chili


INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 large onions, coarsely chopped
    5 cloves garlic, crushed
    2 to 2 1/2 pounds lean boneless beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    3 tablespoons Gebhardt chili powder
    1 tablespoon paprika
  2. 1 teaspoon crushed dried hot peppers
    2 teaspoons cumin
    2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
    1 cup hot water
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 to 2 tablespoons Masa Harina
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a large Dutch oven heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until very lightly browned.
  2. Add the beef cubes in several batches and brown on all sides. When all the beef is browned, add all remaining ingredients except the Masa Harina.
  3. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat for 3 to 4 hours until the meat is very tender. If too much of the liquid cooks away, add some more hot water during the cooking. Adjust salt and chili powder, adding more to taste if desired.
  4. To thicken the chili, mix the Masa Harina with a little cold water, then add this to the chili while it is still simmering. Cook the chili 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  5. Serve the chili in bowls with saltines and cooked pinto beans on the side.

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

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