Tucson Mission Chili

  1. 1 pound beefsteak, coarsely ground
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 2 tablespoons lard or shortening
  4. 1 tablespoon flour
  5. Salt and pepper, to taste
  6. 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  7. 2 cups boiling water
  8. 1 tomato, diced
  1. Mix together the beefsteak and onion.
  2. Heat lard in a pan, then add beefsteak-onion mix. While it browns, sprinkle it with the flour, then salt and pepper to taste. Add chili powder to the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chili water to the browned meat, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add tomato and simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency.
  5. Makes 4 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