For all of you non-bean chili lovers, this recipe is for you! In addition to the instructions below, I would gather and prep all of the ingredients before starting the process, as I found I needed to stir frequently. To avoid getting the chili too hot, I used a combination of mild and medium hot chilies. You can adjust the heat to your liking with cayenne pepper. I stayed true to the San Antonio recipe, using lots of onions, garlic, spices, and Wild Idea Buffalo Chuck Roast. The preparation was easy and I have to say the end result was pretty darn good! I hope you enjoy it too.
*A personal note on my introduction to Texas style chili can be found below recipe.
1 – 3 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Chuck Roast, rinsed, patted dry and cut into 1/4” pieces
4 – tablespoons olive oil
4 – tablespoons butter
1/3 – cup masa/corn flour
2 – tablespoons Mexican oregano
2 – tablespoons cumin
2 – tablespoons Mexican chili powder
1 – tablespoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
3 – Texas sweet onions, about 7 cups
6 – garlic cloves, diced, about 3 tablespoons
2 – cups organic beef broth
2 – cups water
4 – dried Ancho chilies, stems removed, seeded and coarse chopped
6 – dried medium red chilies, stems removed, seeded and coarse chopped
1 – fresh Serrano chili, stem removed, seeded and finely chopped
1 – tablespoon brown sugar ¼ – cup fresh squeezed lime juice
*optional ½ – teaspoon cayenne pepper
*My introduction to "RED": On a trip headed south for a little winter quail hunting, we made a stop in San Antonio, at the Pearl restaurant. Listed on the menu was a bowl of “Red”. The waiter proudly informed us that it was real authentic Texas Chili, that it was all meat with no beans, and that the chef had just perfected their recipe. We ordered a cup to share - it was delicious. I was curious about the history of this famous Texas dish, so I did a little research.
As the waiter stated, the recipes I found for Texas chili were bean-less and loaded with onions and chilies. I learned a few other interesting facts including, that the chili pepper was not native to this continent. A Spaniard named Don Juan de Onate first brought chili peppers into New Mexico in 1598. They soon after became a staple throughout the southwest. It was later on around 1723, when Canary Island transplants had settled in San Antonio that the meat dish first became known. It was a replication from their homeland, made with local peppers, onions, garlic, and spices. This became know as a bowl of “Red”. Red chili soon became a favorite of the cowboys on the trail, with the camp cook using beef or buffalo. And, according to Lyndon Baines Johnson, “Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing.” I’m not so sure about that....