Texas Style Chili

Texas Chili is a hearty dish that is very thick and full of spicy flavor.My husband says he knows the Chili Pot is on when he comes in the door, the smell is wonderful.True classic Texas Chili doesn't include beans or tomatoes, only beef and chili spices. We call it a "Bowl O' Red". We love our "Bowl O' Red" no matter the weather, but when its cold outside nothing beats a great Chili!

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Is A Great Tasting Bowl O' Red

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Texas Style Chili
Miz Helen's Kitchen
3 pounds beef sirloin, cubed
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
3 garlic pods, minced
1- 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 tablespoons Pasilla Chili powder (see recipe tips)
2 teaspoons Ancho Chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups water or 2 cups beer
In a small mixing bowl mix the, chili powders cumin, oregano, salt, and peppers.
In a heavy dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil and brown the cubed sirloin.
Add the onions and cook until the onions are clear.
Add the tomato paste and mix until it is fully incorporated.
Add the seasons mix and stir well making sure the meat does not scorch.
Add the water or beer stirring to mix well.
If you want the mixture to be thinner just add more water or beer.
If you want it to be thicker just add 4 tablespoons Masa Harina. (see recipe tips).
Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours until the meat is very tender.
Recipe Tip
Masa Harina
If you don't have Masa Harina, just tear 3 corn tortillas in small pieces and put them into the chili, then stir until the tortillas have melted into the chili, then they will thicken the chili.
Pasilla Chili Powder
Can be substituted for regular Chili Powder
Garnish with fresh green onions, longhorn or sharp cheddar cheese.
Some Texans like a little lime on the side.
Brown The Beef and Onions
Add The Tomato Paste

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Seasons and Liquid
I am using Homemade Tomato Paste From our Summer Garden.
It has bits of whole tomatoes in the paste.

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Is A Beautiful Pot Of Chili!

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Sure Hope You Enjoy Your "Bowl O' Red"

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Maybe You Would Like A Nice Slice of Mexican Corn Bread 
With Your Chili

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Some Folks Even Like A Little Rice With Their Chili

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

A Dollop of Sour Cream and A Wedge of Lime A Great Garnish 

Texas Style Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Thanks so much for stopping by today and trying this Texas Style Chili, I love having you in my kitchen. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. "If there are beans in your chili, you don't know beans about chili." The Terlingua Chile Cookoff quote.

    Wishes for tásty dishes,

  2. I love trying new chili recipes! This looks like a hearty dinner for this cold weather!

  3. Looks yummy! Excited about the Chili Cookoff too!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. I'd love a big bowl of your chili, Miz Helen. I know it warm my heart and soul.

  5. What a gorgeous chili, Miz Helen! It looks so appealing on this cold night! Love that you can use beer in it - beer adds such a great flavour to meat dishes. Thank you for bringing this delicious dish to the Hearth and Soul Hop. Sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Interesting!!! I'm wondering if this is like what you get at a Mexican restaurant when you order a red chile burrito! I never could figure out why it was different then a regular bowl of chili. I'll have to try it and find out. Thanks for this!


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