Authentic 1840 Texas Chili

Recipe by John DOH
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READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    lbs coarsely chopped fatty beef (NOT lean)
  • 2
    ounces animal fat (bacon grease is best, but suet is in theme)
  • 2
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    large chopped onion
  • 3 -5
    tablespoons chili powder
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DIRECTIONS

  • Render the fat to liquid.
  • Add the beef, and brown lightly, then add onions and garlic.
  • (IMPORTANT Do NOT drain the fat or drippings).
  • Cook over medium heat, until onions are translucent, then add spices, stirring gently until blended.
  • Continue over low heat for at least two hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste, though it doesn't need much.
  • If it gets too thick, you can add water, but remember that chili is reputed to be able to stand a spoon up straight!
  • Its edible after two hours, but improves vastly with time, so don't be afraid to cook 6 or 8 or ten hours --
  • After you've tried the "original" recipe as above, you could add one or two jalapeno's, a single tomato and/or green pepper, just to fully appreciate how far this dish has evolved -- .
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