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Texas Chili "Bowl of Red"

With its big smokey flavor, beef cubes and spice, Texas Chili proves it is worthy of having its Texas Chili name.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bowl of Red, Chili, Homemade Chili, Spicy Chili, Texas Chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 178 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net


Step 1 - Chili Base

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed of fat and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup chipotles in adobo, minced, with sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock

Step 2 - Thicken the Chili

  • 1/4 cup masa harina, Mexican cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1 - Chili Base

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Season beef cubes with salt.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in large heavy bottom dutch oven over medium heat.

  4. Add beef in batches and cook until browned (3-4 minutes on each side). Transfer cooked beef cubes to a bowl and repeat with remaining beef. Remove all beef from the dutch oven.
  5. In the same dutch oven, add onions and stir occasionally, using your spatula to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Saute 5-10 minutes or until onions are soft.
  6. Make a well in the center of the onions and add chipotle peppers. Cook 1 minute and stir to combine.
  7. Add jalapenos, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and stir to combine. Cook for 1 more minute.
  8. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, and cooked beef cubes, stir to combine.
  9. Increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  10. Cover the chili and transfer it to the oven.
  11. Bake for 3 hours.

Step 2 - Thicken the Chili

  1. In a small bowl whisk together masa flour, chili powder, and water.
  2. Remove chili from the oven and pour the mixture into the chili. Stir to combine.
  3. Heat the chili over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper.