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October is Chili Month II (1949)

October 19, 2012
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The Texas Cookbook

Front cover of The Texas Cookbook (1949) by Arthur and Bobbie Coleman

Coleman, Arthur and Bobbie. The Texas Cookbook. New York: A.A. Wyn, 1949. Pp. 72-73. [TX715 .C69 1949]


Last week, I prepared a “traditional” Texas chili with only meat and spices. This week’s recipe has a significantly longer ingredient list that includes both beans and vegetables.  It also switches things up by using chopped beef, rather than ground chuck. Simmering the chili for three hours creates an incredibly rich broth. In fact, the sum result is more like a southwestern beef stew than anything I’ve encountered before as “chili,” but now that I’ve tasted it, I think it may be my new favorite chili recipe!

Do you have a favorite chili recipe? Share it with us on our Chili Month Guide.

Be sure to also check out additional chili recipes from Special Collections, and explore the history of chili further through some of the highlighted resources.


Sauté the onions and brown the meat

Sauté the onions and brown the meat

Chile con Carne

  • 1 pound chopped beef
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 small can tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. celery salt
    Add the tomatoes, green pepper and spices

    Add the tomatoes, green pepper and spices

    1/4 tsp. cayenne

  • 1 tsp. comino, crushed
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pint cooked frijoles
Simmer for 3 hours

Simmer for 3 hours

Fry the onion and garlic together in the olive oil or butter. Add the beef and sear brown. Add all the other ingredients except the frijoles. Place in a large container and cover with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to the simmer stage and cook thus until the sauce is as thick as desired and the meat is tender (usually about 3 hours). Just before serving, remove the bay leaf and add the frijoles (see page 140 for a good recipe for pre-cooking frijoles). This will take care of 6 eaters.


Bowl of Chili

A delicious bowl of chili

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