Total Time
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 0 mins

This is a wonderful chile recipe. Different from any I have had before - no tomatoes or onions go into this recipe. I got this recipe while living in NJ from a Southern Living Magazine. I've lived in Texas for over 25 years now and this recipe really is the best. The chile powder and cumin can be adjusted up for additional heat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in heavy pan over medium heat.
  2. Add beef, stirring frequently till meat changes color but does not brown.
  3. Lower heat and stir in garlic.
  4. Combine chili powder, cumin, and flour. Sprinkle meat with this mixture until evenly coated.
  5. Crumble oregano over meat.
  6. Add broth and stir till liquid is well blended.
  7. Add salt and pepper and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat.
  8. Simmer partially covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until meat is falling apart.
  9. Add drained beans.


Most Helpful

Real Texas chili has no beans and is thick, not brothy. This is not real texas chili.

TexasAggie08 June 07, 2012

I agree with Wing-Man Been cooking in Chili cookoffs several years. No beans allowed. Notation: The following rules and regulations for cooks at the World's Championship, State, Regional and District Cookoffs are as follows:

1. Traditional Red Chili is defined by the International Chili Society as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.

The second rule of the official Chili Cooking Rules of Chili Appreciation International, the organizers of the Terlingua Chili Cookoff says:

2. NO FILLERS IN CHILI - Beans, macaroni, rice, hominy, or other similar ingredients are not permitted.

This chili is excellent if you prefer beans. Just not Texas Chili.

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ol-country January 08, 2012

Alert!!! Texas chili does not have beans. No beans, no beans, no beans. Omit the beans! LOL.

Wing-Man February 10, 2010

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