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Authentic Chili Recipe from Texas

Authentic Chili Recipe, a.k.a. Bowl of Red

Texas style Red Chile with tender beef, flavorful chilies and not a bean in sight.
5 from 9 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American Southwest, Cowboy, Southwest, Tex-Mex


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 pounds beef cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup ground chile pods guajillo and ancho where used
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 to 4 cups water or just enough water to keep the beef covered


  • Cook four slices of bacon in a large stockpot. Remove bacon and mince.
  • Add beef to the pot and cook in the bacon drippings until very well browned.
  • Add in 3 cloves of garlic, minced, 1 onion, diced, 1 cup of finely ground chile pods (I used guajillo and ancho). Grind pods in a blender or spice grinder until fine. Add 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon salt and  enough water to cover the beef.
  • Return bacon to the pot.
  • Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring frequently, until cooked down and thickened.