Show Subscription Form

Truly Texan Chili Recipe
Truly Texan Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Truly Texan Chili Recipe

Read Reviews
4 32
Publisher Photo
I am a native Texan, and this is the best chili recipe I've ever tasted—it's meaty and spicy. I'd make this whenever I was "homesick" during the years we spent away from Texas due to my husband's military career. —Betty Brown, San Antonio, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional garnishes: shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream and/or lime wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without optional garnishes) equals 343 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 872 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 32 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Combine the flour, chili powder, oregano and cumin; sprinkle over meat, stirring until evenly coated. Add the broth, beans if desired, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream and/or lime wedges if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Truly Texan Chili in Country Ground Beef 1993, p10

Reviews for Truly Texan Chili

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"Very good. I did add the can of beans and used 2 tablespoons of chili powder. The only change I made, I added a large onion chopped. Will make again."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Yummy and super easy!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"Yummy! The chili is a great base recipe and doesn't disappoint. I added half a medium size onion with the meat and garlic, and then 2 tbsp. of Chipotle Tabasco sauce for an extra kick. We all loved it and it goes fantastically over spaghetti! I will definitely make this recipe again."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"Chili is not chili unless it has beans in it, period. Whether it's from South Dakota or from New York. Where does it tell us what's truly a Chili Recipe or not. If you like beans, add them. If you like steak or ground beef, add it. This recipe says she is from Texas, not that it's a Texan chili, just that she enjoys it. And who say's a true texan chili doen't have ground beef? To the "bestteacher", who taught you that beans isn't truly Texas chili? Come on folks, just enjoy this recipe, it's good. I grew up using ground beef, we were poor growing up. But I appreciate all the other recipes that add cubes of beef, chicken, or no beans. To me, there all great!"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"The chili is good but you will never find a TRUE Texas Chili made of ground Beef."

Loading Image