John Gambill's Texas Chili

John Gambill's Texas Chili created by Mark and Stacy

Having searched for the perfect chili recipe for years this is a savory and spicy concoction that I've developed to suit my own tastes. It's quite a hit in my household.

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  • Brew strong coffee.
  • Wash, de-vein/de-seed peppers and chop onions, garlic, peppers, and cilantro.
  • On the stove in a large dutch oven fry bacon until crisp.
  • Remove from oven with a slotted spoon and allow bacon to cool on paper towels.
  • Brown remaining meats and onions in bacon fat over medium heat, stirring often.
  • Drain fat and discard.
  • Add beer and garlic to browned meats, simmer until beer evaporates.
  • Crumble cooked and cooled bacon and add to the oven.
  • Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Stir well, reduce heat to a slow simmer and cover.
  • Cook for at least 4 hours (the longer the better) being sure to stir occasionally.
  • I like to cover and refrigerate it overnight after cooking (this allows the flavors to meld).
  • The next day bring it back to a boil and reduce heat to a slow simmer for another hour or two (uncovered), stirring often.
  • You may add more beer or water at this point if it gets too thick or if you like a thicker chili use either 1/2°C masa harina or 1/2°C flour mixed with enough water to make a thin fluid and stir into the hot chili.
  • You may add more salt to suit your taste at this point.
  • Simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaves, if you can find them.
  • Best served hot and steaming with chopped fresh onions, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, Tabasco sauce, ice cold Heineken, and homemade cornbread.
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  1. whtbxrmom
    We had never had Texas Chili before. I followed the recipe with the only difference being the brand of bloody mary mix because our Kroger didn't have the brand called for. I even followed the suggestion of letting it sit in the fridge overnight and continued to cook it the following day. Unfortunately, DH was the only one in the family who liked this.
  2. Misses Wilson
    PERFECTION!!! I know some of the ingredients sound a little off/weird but don't skip a single one! My DH will not eat beans unless they're re-fried beans, it's a texture thing, but he does back flips over this bean-free chili! I find it helpful to measure and mix all the dry ingredients the night before (as I have a tiny kitchen w/no counter space, plus I like to take the time to "freshly crush" all the dried herbs so the flavors can mingle that much better. A one gallon bag works wonders for that. And if you think that far in advance marinating the "beef" in beer for 2-3 days before it's just AMAZING!!! I cannot rave enough about this chili! Easy to control the spicy by adjusting the jalapeno amount. It goes terrific with "Corn Muffins Like Kenny Rogers Roasters" I top those muffins with vanilla cinnamon honey butter and it's sooooo good no one ever gripes that I didn't make a dessert! FABULOUS STUPENDOUS PERFECTION!!!
  3. wtncds
    This was such a hit with the family that my college grandson asked me to make more so he could share it with his suite-mates at SIUE. It has a "wow" factor for the taste buds! Thanks John for sharing.
  4. Marysdottir
    My family loved this. My husband even decided to make it to take to his weekly lunch at work. Very high praise. Is wonderfully tasty even if you break down and add some beans. I think the beer, coffee and cocoa really add depth. Not too hot for any of us - in fact, I added some chipotle in adobo sauce when I reheated it.
  5. linyee yuan
    ive made this recipe for multiple people over the last 6 years! is a true crowd pleaser!

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