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Texas Red Chili

A "Bowl of Red" -- If you did not know that the chili in Texas never, ever contains beans, then you have not discussed chili with a Texan.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 370.56kcal
Author: Katie Workman


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 pounds cubed 1 to 1 1/2-inch stew meat such as beef chuck
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 red or yellow onions chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
  • 2 cups less-sodium beef broth
  • Hot cooked rice to serve

To Serve (As Desired)

  • Guacamole or diced avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Minced onions
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro leaves


  • Season the beef with salt and pepper. In a large soup pot, or a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the beef in batches, and brown a few sides, about 8 minutes per batch (not every side has to be browned, better to caramelize a few sides well and let the rest just be). Transfer the meat with a slotted spoon to a plate as it finishes browning.
  • Drain off all but a couple of teaspoons of the fat from the pot, and add the onions and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes, until the onions are tender. Add the garlic and sauté for one more minute, until you can smell the garlic. . Add the chili powder then stir in the tomato puree and the beef broth, return the browned beef cubes to the pot, and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered for about 3 hours, until the beef is very tender. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water towards the end of the sauce is too thick or the mixture looks too dry. When it is all tender, you can remove a cup of two of the beef cubes and shred them with two forks and then stir that back into the pot to add thicken up the sauce a bit, if desired.
  • Serve hot in bowls, with the accompaniments of your choice.


Calories: 370.56kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.42g | Protein: 35.68g | Fat: 21.59g | Saturated Fat: 10.05g | Cholesterol: 117.37mg | Sodium: 380.22mg | Potassium: 1023.12mg | Fiber: 2.39g | Sugar: 5.55g | Vitamin A: 235.44IU | Vitamin C: 11.75mg | Calcium: 72.37mg | Iron: 4.92mg