Texas Red Chili


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In Texas, they often refer to their Chili as 'a bowl of red' which is an old slang term carried over from the trail drive days. Unlike most other Chili, real Texas Red Chili never contains beans. It is generally made with beef, but it can be made with goat meat.

1 pound lean ground beef
6 cups water
2 pounds boneless stew meat (beef or goat)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon vinegar
Black pepper to taste (about 1 teaspoon)
Ground red pepper to taste (to start, about 1 tablespoon)
6 tablespoons Masa Harina (Mexican corn flour) or 4 of regular corn meal


Place ground beef into a large pot with water. Stir vigorously to separate meat and incorporate it throughout water.

Meantime, heat oil. When hot, brown stew meat, searing on all sides. When browned, add to ground beef mixture in pot.

Stir in garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, vinegar, black and red pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and simmer two hours.

Just before serving, stirring briskly to keep from forming lump, slowly add Masa Harina. Continue to stir briskly to make a smooth, thick sauce.