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One eye jack is exactly right about wick fowler's authentic texas chili . I have enjoyed chili for more than 70 years , and wick fowler ' s is the best I have ever eaten . That comes as no surprise , since wick won the chili cookoff championship in terlingua , texas . The recipe is truly texas ~ simple , few ingredients , no fancy meat and no beans . The name of the chili kit is " 2 alarm chili ", which means very hot . If you use all the red pepper ( cayenne ) , it is 2 alarm . Use 1/2 the cayenne for 1 alarm , or no cayenne for " false alarm " chili . For myself I make 2 alarm with no masa because I like it not so thick. For most folks I make " false alarm ".<br/>you can find wick ' s original recipe online and make the chili from scratch , which is even better ~ with fresh garlic and onions . A can of rotel adds some magic . Today is sunday , 02 - 09 - 2014 , and I am fired up to cook a big skillet full of wick fowler ' s chili right now . Join me .
Wick Fowler's is also my baseline chili, and I've been using it for probably 30 years. I love your description, especially the part about not putting beans into Texas chili. That's something I'm really picky about! A couple of weeks ago, my husband brought home a small (4 pound) brisket.) We had eaten barbecued "something" for like three weeks in a row, finishing off leftovers and then making more (ribs, brisket, chicken...), so I wanted to make something different, a "Jewish Grandma's" style slow-cooked brisket to serve over egg noodles or with spaetzle. I was aiming for an Eastern European flavor profile (sort of like a tangy sauerbraten but with an oniony tomato sauce base.) I looked at a few recipes and marinated the meat overnight. Next day, I sealed the brisket and other things (no bell peppers) inside a dutch oven to slow-bake it at 250. I ended up braising that thing for about 18 hours over two days, trying to get it tender yet still sliceable, but in the end it tasted like just another barbecued brisket without the smoke, and it fell apart. In other words, it tasted like "failure." At that point, I decided to chop it up (1/2 inch) and turn it into chili. I had two packages of Wick Fowler's in the pantry and a couple of small packages of ground turkey in the freezer. I browned off the turkey with some chopped onions and threw the whole business into the crock pot. I usually add more chili powder (like chipotle or ancho) and smoked paprika to chili, but this time I only used the Wick Fowler packets since I had already spiced up the "Grandma's-style" brisket. After slow-cooking it about 6 hours on low I ended up with some of the best chili we've had in a while. I saved the cayenne packets to use later. I made fluffy pan-harina fry-breads to go with it the first day, and we ate it with flour tortillas, fried "huevos," and quesadilla queso (Cacique brand) the next. I even made a batch of ranchero beans for a side dish and sent my DH with containers of the chili and the beans over to my "not-from-Texas" in-laws' house. I told my father-in-law he could mix the beans into the chili if he had to, just don't let me see him do it!
Thank you! Got a pack of chili mix from a friend that reminded me that I had been using this a few years back and decided to search for a recipe. Love your comments, pretty much how I get down with this mix too ha ha ha :)
Kick ass!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Made this for PAC Spring 09 and I thank you for a great recipe! Jelly :)