A spicy Texas-style chili: no beans, tomatoes or ground beef. Great on a cold winter day and goes especially well with Golden Sweet Cornbread (which can also be found on Allrecipes). If you don't want to use beer in the chili, simply replace it with the same amount of water.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a heavy pot or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, stirring occasionally. Drain off excess grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir until the onions are tender. Season with oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder and cumin. Cook and stir for about 30 seconds to toast the spices.

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  • Stir in the beef, water, beer, chipotle peppers, and cornmeal; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until beef is tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

675 calories; protein 42.4g 85% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fat 49.1g 76% DV; cholesterol 168.2mg 56% DV; sodium 351mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
Hi I'm the author of the recipe. If you like chili with some zip but not too much heat try omitting the cayenne pepper. I tried that last night and it was perfect! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2008
I knew this recipe would be pretty "spicy" (too much so for the kids) so I only added 2 chipotle peppers. Are those sirens I hear?...Yep...this is definitely 5 alarm chili. Yikes my burning mouth! LOL. It was good but not kid friendly. To save my kids I had to add the following to tone down the heat: 1 can tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of sugar. I also felt the chili needed salt so I added a few teaspoons of the kosher variety. I served with shredded cheddar cilantro sour cream and corn bread. Much better. Oh and have an ice cold glass of milk at the ready to extinguish further "fires". Thanks for sharing the recipe. It was fun! Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2008
This is a wonderful recipe! It was nice to find a recipe for chili that didn't include beans. This is no wimpy chili either because it has hunks of beef in a spicy yet extraordinarily flavorful sauce. We froze the extras & when thawed we heated added some fresh shredded cheese & sour cream & it was still great. We will definitely make this again! By the way take the submitters advice & make the delicious cornbread that was mentioned the two recipes make for a great meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
Hi I'm the author of the recipe. If you like chili with some zip but not too much heat try omitting the cayenne pepper. I tried that last night and it was perfect! Read More
(39)
Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2008
I knew this recipe would be pretty "spicy" (too much so for the kids) so I only added 2 chipotle peppers. Are those sirens I hear?...Yep...this is definitely 5 alarm chili. Yikes my burning mouth! LOL. It was good but not kid friendly. To save my kids I had to add the following to tone down the heat: 1 can tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of sugar. I also felt the chili needed salt so I added a few teaspoons of the kosher variety. I served with shredded cheddar cilantro sour cream and corn bread. Much better. Oh and have an ice cold glass of milk at the ready to extinguish further "fires". Thanks for sharing the recipe. It was fun! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
My wife's company has an Annual Chili Cook Off and this won first prize! The only thing I changed was to add some of liquid smoke with the peppers. Hands down this is one of the best True Texas chilis I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Thank you Dakota. For those that dont like the heat as much... cook it the day before you are going to eat it. The heat mellows and the flavor comes out more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
Fantastic! I live in Texas and yes no beans in our chili please! Very good recipe my only modification was to chop up a serrano pepper and spice it up a bit more. Everyone in the house including guests went crazy for this one! Well done. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
Not sure if I had problems because I halved it or if it was because I finished it in a crock pot after browning everything but this was just an "okay" recipe for me. It was a little thin so I added more cornmeal to make it "chili" instead of "stew." It also needed a decent amount of salt and a few healthy squirts of ketchup (no not joking Texans put ketchup in EVERYTHING). After that it was pretty good. I also ommited the cayenne - thanks for that tip. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2009
This chili recipe was delicious! My family loved it! Instead of beef chuck I added ground bison and skipped on the cayenne pepper and oregano to make it more kid-friendly. I added beef broth instead of water. I will do this one again.Very tasty =) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
I was looking for a low carb chili recipe & this fit the bill. I do have to agree with 5th Sister...holy cow was that hot (but again it was expected)! I did use beef broth instead of water and mine was not runny at all maybe because I simmered it for the full 3 hours. Thank you Dakota01 for sharing my husband loved this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
This is really excellent. We used brisket for a meat base and served with white rice. Thanks for sharing this super recipe. Read More
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