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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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spoon chili into bowls and top with Cheddar cheese, crackers, and remaining half onion.

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Nutrition Facts

463.2 calories; 27.6 g protein; 34.7 g carbohydrates; 78.9 mg cholesterol; 1650.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2014
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 some ground chk sausage & we use 1 can of crushed tomato & I can of tomato sauce instead of 2 can tomato sauce. Depending on our mood sometimes 2 haberneros!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/13/2019
This was my first chili cooking experience and I did my best to stick to the recipe. Changes: I only used my cast iron Dutch oven for less clean up. Habanero wasn't available so I used 2 jalapenos. I didn't read well enough to notice I should have drained the tomatoes with green chilis and I didn't add the 3 oz of beer. I think the spices were overwhelming. My DH is a chef and he believes it is a good recipe and suggested cutting the dry spices by half next time I make it. Hopefully I will remember to post an update. Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2014
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 some ground chk sausage & we use 1 can of crushed tomato & I can of tomato sauce instead of 2 can tomato sauce. Depending on our mood sometimes 2 haberneros!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2014
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 some ground chk sausage & we use 1 can of crushed tomato & I can of tomato sauce instead of 2 can tomato sauce. Depending on our mood sometimes 2 haberneros!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2018
Texas chili doesn’t have beans in it but it’s really good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
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 chili heaven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2017
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 I also doubled the recipe I'm Italian so Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/13/2019
This was my first chili cooking experience and I did my best to stick to the recipe. Changes: I only used my cast iron Dutch oven for less clean up. Habanero wasn't available so I used 2 jalapenos. I didn't read well enough to notice I should have drained the tomatoes with green chilis and I didn't add the 3 oz of beer. I think the spices were overwhelming. My DH is a chef and he believes it is a good recipe and suggested cutting the dry spices by half next time I make it. Hopefully I will remember to post an update. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2017
It was really good I didn't use any beer but it still tasted amazing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2017
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!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2019
Very good. I read about charring jalapeños so I did that and added them after the char gave it a nice smoked spice! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2015
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 the rotel due to the extra beans. LOVED the addition of beer and even added the rest of the bottle to the leftovers. This is a good recipe and one that is adaptable to suit your needs. Read More