Texas Style Chili Beans

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Recipe by Connie R.

My Grandma Rowan made the best Chili Beans. She was from a little town called Leakey near San Antonio TX. When I was 13, she taught me how to make them. She used "French's Texas Style Chili-O", however, I haven't been able to find it in years. Regular Chili-O just doesn't taste right. For the past 15 years or so I have been using Carroll Shelby's Chili Fixin's. It is the closest chili mix I have been able to find. You only need about a 1/3 or so of the package. We found it at Albertson's. If you can't find Carroll Shelby's you can experiment with other chili mixes to get the flavor that suits your taste, It just won't be the same.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pick, and clean beans, remove any rocks, dirt, half or shriveled beans; rinse. Put beans in a 5 or 6 quart Dutch oven and fill with water. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, turn off heat and let set at least 1 hour. Drain, rinse and return beans to pan.
  2. Meanwhile prepare chili; brown hamburger, onions, and garlic in a skillet, drain excess fat, add Chili Kit, (add salt and cayenne to taste.) and tomato sauce. Let simmer 15 minutes; add to beans.
  3. Fill pan with water and cook until beans are tender, about an hour. Serve with fresh homemade cornbread, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers soaked in vinegar.

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