Truly Texan Chili Recipe
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Truly Texan Chili Recipe

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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): 343 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 872mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 32g 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 , p10

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joycerm53 User ID: 703299 227337
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."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 19043
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Yummy and super easy!"

kedenv User ID: 5930790 44785
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."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 20754
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!"

robert moore User ID: 3445845 15134
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

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

bestteacher User ID: 4347707 74222
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Texas chili does not contain beans, so this isn't truly Texas chili. However, you got the part about no tomatoes right. No tomatoes, no beans. Just spicy and beefy."

Vickie1004 User ID: 6689864 18634
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Very tasty, perfect fall recipe for those cold days"

aquasasnee User ID: 2866431 17254
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"while this is a good chili recipe it is not truly Texas, which uses chopped steak and does NOT ever use beans of any sort"

ellbates User ID: 4233055 48073
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"Yes! A wonderful recipe that is pretty close to truly Texan! I don't know who started adding tomatoes to chili, or when it started. It is good that way, but not the Texan way. As far as beans, I would leave them out. That is just my preference. And I like to add some Heat in the form of whatever pepper I have available, jalapeno, serrano, etc. As someone noted, flour can be added or a substitution of masa, corn meal, whatever you like. But it does make a wonderfully thick, flavorful chili. Thank you for posting this. chili is as versatile a food as you can find, but this is a great place to start!"

alalmy User ID: 4593001 47058
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"My family thought it was ok, but more like a hotdog topping than chili. I would make it and possibly can it for use on hotdogs."

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