Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60
Those Texicans are sure full of themselves!!!
Hold on there little lady....you put beans in your chili if you want to. Just don't call it TEXAS RED. It's the national food of Texas....y'all.
STATE OF TEXAS
Texas Red Chili
The official food of The State of Texas is chili. A sure fire method to start an argument in Texas is to talk about chili. This recipe is quite simply known as Texas Red. In a rare meeting of both houses, The Texas State Legislature has unanimously decreed that: "Texas Red shall be composed of only meat and sauce. There are no beans, no rice, no noodles, nor any other fillers in this dish. This meat will be beef. No pork, chicken, rabbit or any other non beef ingredient shall now, or ever be used in Texas Red. This chili will be hot and spicy. Hot enough to make a seasoned cowhand sweat in February or small children cry at the very mention of the dish"
2 pounds ground beef or chili grind chuck, sub 1/4" cubes of chuck if desired
1 14.5 can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups chicken stock or water
1/4 cup red chili powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin, ground
1 teaspoon cayenne, rounded (to taste)
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or bacon grease.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat oil or bacon grease in a enameled cast iron dutch oven over medium heat. Crumble in meat, break up any lumps with a wooden spoon and cook, stirring occasionally until meat is well browned. Drain off all fat and return meat to pot.
Add flour and stir to coat beef continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir into mixture. Add liquids and simmer on low heat covered for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Increase heat to medium and uncover and continue to simmer an additional hour. Add additional liquids as needed achieve desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Serve with cheddar or jack cheese.