I'm a real Iowan ... 7th generation, and I adore your authentic Texas chili ;)
I'm a 'real' Texan (5th generation) and I've never heard of any Texan putting sausage in her chili! So please don't call this 'authentic' - leave out the sausage and it is authentic. Anyway, if you like sausage or bacon in your chili, fine just don't go tellin some cowboy this is authentic! LOL Nevertheless, I like just about any chili, beans, no beans, white, red, it doesn't matter but I really don't want all the non-Texans bragging they are using a real authentic Texas recipe because it's not.
This is a very flavorful chili. I made it as written. I did wait until the end to add the cayenne pepper and added it 1/2 tsp at a time . In my opinion the chili tastes flat with no cayenne. 1/2 tsp added a bit of heat, I stopped at 1 tsp because I'd reached my comfort level. I think that the whole 1 1/2 tsp would take the chili up to the hot level. I do think adding a couple of cans of my favorite beans would make the chili even better. I was raised with chili containing beans and it's hard to give that up.
Way too hot for us and although I doubled the recipe I did not double the chili powder so either my spice is a very hot variety or the 3 tsp cayenne put it out of our comfort zone. I think I will make it again and tone down the hot spices so the whole family can enjoy it.
Although we are not chiliheads, we do like a good bowl of red, and this is an excellent recipe. We used three pounds of chili grind beef (coarse grind in 1/2 inch pieces) to one pound of sausage and doubled everything else but the cayenne. Since a big football game was on, we browned, chopped, and stirred, and simmered through the first stage and then continued the process in a low oven during the game. Serving beans on the side (along with other add ins) allows everyone to stir up their favorite flavors. Makes a great buffet. Thanks for the recipe!
LOVED IT!!! i love beans in mine but hubby does't. even without the beans this was perfect! i followed recipe except added 2 lbs of ground beef instead of half sausage and it was simply perfect :)
Thank you for posting this great easy recipe! took a lot of searching and after two months i came across yours and i'm so happy that i did because it was just what i was looking for...:)
Great recipe! I used turkey sausage and threw in some green pepper for color but otherwise stuck to the recipe...all that chili powder really makes it great!
Very delicious! I also added beans to mine, but otherwise followed the directions, and it was the best chili I have ever had. The sausage makes a big difference- will definately make again and again! Thank you!
I like my chili without beans; this hit the spot!