Ladies and gents, hold onto your bootstraps, this chili is one for the record books.
We’re thrilled to bring you our version of Texas Chili. No beans or whole tomatoes in sight, but unbelievable taste and texture, to boot. Give yourself a few hours, and you’ll have the best chili this side of the Rio Grande and beyond!
HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC TEXAS CHILI
If you’re looking to make authentic Texas-style chili, you’ve come to the right place.
We love starting off with 2 to 3 lbs of cubed ribeye steak. Building the flavor profile as you go is key to deep, satisfying chili taste.
Watch us show you how easy it is to make this heart-warming pot of yumminess in your own kitchen!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CUT OF BEEF
Lots of folks use beef ground chuck, which is wonderful, of course.
But we love good bite-sized chunks of super tender meat that you get with every bite.
Our favorite is boneless ribeye, but you could also go with a sirloin, strip steak, or beef tenderloin.
A simple seasoning of salt and pepper is all that’s needed for the beef.
Browning the meat in a little olive oil locks in the flavor.
The meat will render some fat, so we drain the meat with a colander before returning it to the hot skillet.
THE BEST SEASONINGS FOR TEXAS-STYLE CHILI
- Top-notch chili powder
- Garlic and onion powders
- Cayenne and black peppers
- Smoked paprika
- Dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
After you’ve combined all the seasoning ingredients, we recommend dividing the mixture into thirds.
You’ll add tomato sauce, chicken and beef stocks to the pot with the cooked beef and bring it to a nice simmer.
EXPERT TIP: Adding the seasoning mixture in equal portions over the course of an hour and a half, deepens the flavor and ensures all spices dissolve perfectly and help to thicken the chili.
BUILDING THE FLAVORS
After an hour and half of simmering, all of the seasoning mixtures should have been added.
As the Texas chili simmers, it will reduce down and thicken to the perfect consistency, not thick like gravy, but definitely not runny either.
EXPERT TIP: For the final flavor boost, we add brown sugar, ground cumin, and a few dashes of our favorite hot sauce. These are best when added right at the end of cooking, otherwise, their flavor-profile can become too dominant in the chili.
AUTHENTIC AND COMFORTING
Folks, a bowl of our classic Texas Chili is about a comforting as they come.
This could easily be doubled (or tripled) to feed a crowd.
Be sure to provide all the classic garnishes when serving Texas-style chili. Chopped onion, shredded cheddar (or Monterrey jack), and sliced jalapenos are a must. Sour cream and even cooked rice are popular additions, too.
If you’re looking for the perfect bowl of chili to serve, you’ve arrived!
Ready to make this best chili in town, or heck, in the world? Go for it! Yee-haw!
And don’t forget, when you make it, be sure to take a picture of it and post it on Instagram and tag @howtofeedaloon and #howtofeedaloon!
- Large pot, such as a Dutch oven
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 3 tbsp onion powder
- 3 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp Adobo seasoning
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 lbs boneless beef steak such as sirloin or ribeye, cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 cups beef stock
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp hot sauce ie, Tobasco, Franks
- 1 cup white onion chopped, for garnish
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded, for garnish
- 1 cup jalapenos pickled or fresh, for garnish
- Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl; divide into thirds.
- Heat oil in large pot (Dutch oven works well) over medium heat.
- Season meat with salt and pepper all over.
- Cook meat in hot oil until browned all over. Drain. Add meat back to pot.
- Add tomato sauce, chicken stock, and beef stock.
- Bring to a simmer and then add ⅓ of the chili powder mixture, after 30 minutes, add the next ⅓ of the chili powder mixture, and then after another 30 minutes, add the last ⅓ of the chili powder mixture and let simmer for another 30 minutes. (This will be approx. 1 ½ hours total)
- Add in the brown sugar, ground cumin, and hot sauce and simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes, until desired thickness.
- Serve at once with garnishes on the side.
POST UPDATE: This recipe was first published in January 2017, but the recipe was tweaked with a few improvements along with new photography and a fabulous new video in January 2019!