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This chili is AMAZING... very authentic! For those trying to adjust seasonings, a helpful hint: cayenne pepper is the hot one... chili powder is the depth one. If you don't want it HOT, leave the chili powder amount the same, but adjust the cayenne. If you like it zippy without much depth, leave the cayenne pepper the same and adjust the chili powder. Great recipe!!

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alli_cat62 September 11, 2010

Excellent chili! I did make a couple adjustments though. I made a double batch so that I could freeze the left overs. I did add some cubed venison but did not double the chile powder for my double batch ( I have 2 small children that I knew would not like the heat) I did double the cayene but wish I hadn't because when I tasted it I knew it would still be too spicy for them. In order to tone it down a little I added a can of tomatoe paste. It turned out perfect! I try not to change recipes the first time I make them but I know this recipe would be perfect as written for a true chili lover and will make it that way next time we have an adults only meal. Served with cheese, sour cream, and Fritos!!! Gonna use the left overs as topping on baked potatoes.

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sugar momma October 24, 2009

This was really excellent and I'll admit I had my doubts. I wanted Texas style chili for friends who are Texan transplants so authenticity was key. I was shocked that Texas chili is basically just a lotta meat, a lotta water, and an onion. But it was delicious! A huge hit at our Super Bowl party. Served with fritos, cheese and sour cream.

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EmilyStrikesAgain February 10, 2010

I swap out the lean beef for sirloin steak and cook it til the meat falls apart, makes awesome beef & bean burritos

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J_Wallace November 19, 2009

I agree that this is authentic Texas chili. My grandmother's chili NEVER had any tomatoes, beans, spaghetti or any other contaminants. Our version although does not contain pork sausage, instead we used suet or shortening. We also added equal amounts of paprika to chili powder, which really brings out the flavor. Great with a box of saltines. Glad to see this old recipe is still valued!

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beavers1000 November 14, 2010

I have to agree with that it does taste like taco meat, but the taste is excellent. I used all ground turkey instead of beef and sausage (to lower the satty fatty) and added two diced poblanos. Also used beef broth instead of plain old water and used two teaspoons of hot paprika so no need for cayenne. Give it a shot!!!!

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jonnyk October 18, 2010

Very good chili! I've never had authentic Texas Chili before and was pleasantly surprised! I don't think it will replace the kind with beans and vegetables for me, because I love chili that way too... but this is definitly a keeper! This is the type of chili that would be perfect for Chili 5-way or Chili Dogs etc. Yum!

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mandabacca September 26, 2010

Tasted a whole lot like taco meat. I don't think I would make this as "chili" again. Good burrito filling though.

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Elaniemay April 07, 2010

Excellant chili recipe to say the least! i entered this chili in a competition and won 1st place--great flavors, easy to make--thanks a million!

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drkevinoconnell March 14, 2010

I made the chili according to the recipe except with 1 tsp of cayenne instead of 1 1/2 tsp. It was great! I ended up having to add beans for my husband. We both loved it; this will definitely be my go-to chili recipe. Thanks!

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cibarra January 04, 2010
Chili (Real Texas Chili)