By the way, you will notice there are no beans in my recipe. True chili does not contain beans. Beans are great on the side but anyone that says beans go in chili is either misinformed or itching for a whoopin.
Here is the list of ingredients:
4 pounds of lean beef, chili or hamburger grind
2 tablespoons of bacon drippings
1 large white onion, chopped
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
3 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 15 ounce can of tomato paste
2 cups of boiling water
6 tablespoons of chili powder
Step 1: Melt the Bacon Drippings
Bacon drippings are a staple here in Texas. They make everything better except for maybe coffee and fruit salad.
If you don't have bacon drippings you can use vegetable oil but your chili won't be as good as it could be.
Step 2: Add the Meat
Brown the meat evenly and then drain off the excess grease.
Step 3: Onions and Garlic
Step 4: Dump in the Rest!
The amount and kind of chili powder you add is entirely up to you. We tend to like a lot of heat here in Texas so I usually go with 4 or 5 tablespoons of hot chili powder along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of mild chili powder.
Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then reduce the heat so that the chili simmers. Allow the chili to simmer uncovered for 1 hour stirring occasionally.
Step 5: Enjoy!
You can eat the chili as it is with perhaps beans and cornbread, Yankee style over spaghetti or perhaps as another classic Texas dish - Frito Pie! Just pour the chili over Fritos and cheddar cheese.