Tuesday, March 13

texas chili: so delicious, so easy!

it's rodeo time here in houston, tx!

can't say i'm gonna make it this year or next year or the year after. but, i think i could totally win first prize at the chili cook-off. okay, maybe i wouldn't win first prize. but, i would win at least 5th place, and the hearts of my family, fo sho!

this chili is so quick and easy, you could throw this together any night of the week and have dinner on the table (or sofa) in 45 minutes flat.

i like to use a combination of chili meat and chopped chuck roast. it makes every bite meaty and hearty! i also break one of my rules here and use canned tomatoes. i just don't have time to roast fresh tomatoes...so sue me.

also, you could saute diced jalapeno peppers with the onions or add cayenne with the spices if you can handle the heat!


1 1/2 lbs chuck roast (cut in 1/2 cubes)
1 1/2 lbs beef chili meat (or ground beef)
1 large diced yellow onion
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 cups beef broth (or water)
1/2 cup chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
olive oil
salt to taste

begin by heating a large pot over medium-high heat.

put 1 tbsp olive oil into the pot and add diced onions. stir until they're translucent.

add the chuck roast and chili meat, and allow to brown while stirring occasionally. 

once the meat has browned and the beef broth, tomatoes, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to taste. bring to a boil, and then reduce to low heat and partially cover.

simmer for 30 minutes while stirring occasionally. liquid will thicken and reduce.

i prefer not to use thickeners, but if you want it thicker you can simmer it longer or add cornstarch. 

if you go the cornstarch route, remove some liquid and allow to cool. once cool, add 2 tbsp of cornstarch and stir until completely dissolved. slowly stir cornstarch mixture into the chili pot and simmer for 5 minutes.

you could also toss the meat with 1 tbsp of flour before browning.

once it's ready, serve into bowls and add shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, diced onion, or whatever your heart desires!

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