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Tray's Spicy Texas Chili

"Being in Texas, chili is a staple on the few cold days we have each year. This is something I've come up with after years of trying to perfect an easy-to-make and delicious chili. This is a very spicy chili and the perfect meal for a chilly day. The beans are optional here as they traditionally aren't found in Texas chili."
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3 h 20 m servings 463 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, half the onion, habanero pepper, jalapeno pepper, and garlic in the hot skillet until meat is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  2. Transfer beef mixture to a large pot and add tomato sauce, kidney beans, diced tomatoes with green chiles, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, white pepper, and black pepper.
  3. Bring beef mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in beer, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Continue to simmer chili until flavors blend, about 2 hours.
  4. Spoon chili into bowls and top with Cheddar cheese, crackers, and remaining half onion.


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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 463 calories; 24.3 g fat; 34.7 g carbohydrates; 27.6 g protein; 79 mg cholesterol; 1651 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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We make this recipe every year starting in the Fall/football season. It is the best chili recipe I have ever made-we absolutely love it. It's spicy & delicious. Only things we change is to add s...

I liked this recipe, but made it without the tomato sauce. And if you have beans with it, in Texas it has to be pintos (preferably not canned). Warm some fresh corn tortillas and you are in chi...

Texas chili doesn’t have beans in it but it’s really good.

Great! I doubled the recepie, exchanged tomato sauce with preggo spicy Italian and added a 1/4 cup Jack Daniels Tennessee honey whiskey, three strips thick cut bacon. Amazing!!

oh I loved it and so did my family, I used one jalapeno no habanero shared it with my family they loved it too, served it with Scoops corn chips and sour cream, I used one bottle of Modelo beer,...

It was really good, I didn't use any beer but it still tasted amazing

The kidney beans were optional and only 1 can so on that note I left them out. However, where I come from beans are a must for chili and lots of them. I used 3 cans of pintos and I didn't drain ...