Almost Award Winning Texas Style Chili

Winner of the Peapod Pantry Recipe of the Month Contest, December 1997

5 pounds meat (beef, pork or 50/50 pork/beef mix)

4 large Spanish onions, diced

1/4 pound salt pork

6 cloves garlic, minced

4 jalapeo chiles, chopped finely

4 serrano chiles, chopped finely

1 habanero chile, chopped finely

(or use dehydrated habanero) **

1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dill

1/2 teaspoon sage

1 Tablespoon oregano

1 cup chili powder (Gebharts)

1 Tablespoon cumin

1. Cube the meat trimming any fat.  Dice the onions, mince the garlic and chop the chiles.

2. Fry the salt pork in a large (5 quart) iron pot (dutch oven) and remove after the salt pork is crispy leaving the oil in the pot.  

3. Toss the meat in to brown on high heat and layer at a time adding salt/pepper to each layer.  Lift and stir the meat until browned. 

4. Add spices one at a time stirring after each.  Add onions, garlic and peppers and cover pot. 

5. Simmer for two hours stirring occasionally. Taste test and correct seasoning (probably need more cumin or oregano). 

6. Cook until meat is easily crumbled.

Makes 10 cups (8 oz each) Chili.


Note: ** The Habanero is the hottest variety of chile pepper. Omit the habanero if you are a "lightweight" spicy chili eater!

Catherine Knipe

Mountain View, California