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Truly Texan Chili

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • ndnmac
    Jun 26, 2018

    I am a native Texan an I know true Texas Chili never, never has beans in it. Recipes sounds good when you leave out the BEANS

  • cajoto
    Nov 18, 2017

    I like the sound of this ,but it would be “chili-starter”must add,celery,1-2 onions,tomato paste,14-16oz.can of canned tomatoes,green bell peppers,would be nice...and 12oz.jar of salsa or can of hot tomatoes,probably a can of black & red kidney beans rinsed and d rained,plus at least 1 can of refried beans makes it thicker (husband likes creamy)! I probably add at least double the spice plus oregano, and finish with 1/2 bag or more frozen corn,good over rice if you want to skip the corn, with cheese grates and sour cream ! Some times I’ll throw in 1-2 cups of elbow noodles dry if it looks too watery,if you want chili-mac

  • NancyKLong
    Nov 11, 2017

    sounds similar to one I've been making for over 40 years. True chili has NO tomatoes. Beans are a personal preference and I like pinto beans in mine. Also, like to use part bulk sausage and add onion and bell pepper.

  • joycerm53
    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
    Oct 17, 2013

    Yummy and super easy!

  • BakedGoods1002
    Jan 12, 2013

    No comment left

  • kedenv
    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
    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
    Oct 15, 2012

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

  • bestteacher
    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.