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Daddy's 'If They'da had This at the Alamo we would'ha WON!' Texas Chili

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"My Daddy, 'born and bred' in Texas, came up with this recipe and the name for it. It took some convincing, but I got him to allow me to share the recipe. We love it and hope you do to. Enjoy!!"
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2 h 30 m servings 538
Original recipe yields 20 servings


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  1. Melt the bacon drippings in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are translucent.
  2. Combine the beef with the garlic, ground chile, chili powder and cumin. Add this meat-and-spices to the onions in the pot. Break up any meat that sticks together as you cook, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes, until meat is evenly browned (very browned, not just gray). Sprinkle in Hungarian paprika and oregano.
  3. Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, parsley and jalapeno. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. NOTE: True Texans DO NOT add beans to their chili, but my husband loves them, so this is the point where you can add as many cans of drained and rinsed pinto beans as you wish (I add 2 cans, but shhhhhh don't tell my Daddy!!!).
  4. During cooking you may squeeze the jalapeno as it softens against the sides of the pot to release more heat if desired.
  5. Mix in the masa harina, and cook while stirring for 30 minutes longer, or until desired consistency is achieved. Taste and adjust seasonings.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 538 calories; 38.1 12.9 35.6 124 1109 Full nutrition

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I researched chili recipies on this site and found this one that I especially liked. We were having a Chili cook-off at church and I wanted to enter. I made this recipe exactly as it is written ...

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Something must have went wrong. This is not the Chili others have reviewed. I tried to follow the recipe to a "T," but made the following mods. I cooked it in a Roaster over 2 burners. I don't t...

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I researched chili recipies on this site and found this one that I especially liked. We were having a Chili cook-off at church and I wanted to enter. I made this recipe exactly as it is written ...

I've always heard that when having a party, never try a new recipe. Well, I'm glad I went out on a limb to risk trying this chili for the first time for a New Year's Eve party my husband and I h...

This was amazing! It had a wonderful smoky flavor- not too tomatoey. I made it with stew meat (beef chuck cut into small pieces so it wasn't too tough) and no beans. I wasn't sure what type of m...

OK folks, I've Judged chili contests and have a number of chili recipes that I use for contests and gatherings. I made this recipe for an Engagement Party last night and had numerous compliments...

Yum! Nice and spicy, but not over the top. Great flavor. One of the best chilis I've had. I scaled to use 2 lbs. beef, and used lean ground beef. Here are the minor changes I made: I added...

This is an excelent chili. I didn't do anything different to it but just eat it. I believe if I had of been at the Alamo, I would not have participated after eating this chili because I would ha...

Very good chili!

It has been unusually Cold in So Cal. lately and I needed a warm chili to warm up my family. We loved this! I used beer in place of the H2O since there is more flavor in beer. I also cut up ski...

A big "THANK YOU" to your daddy! We loved it! Next time I will buy better cuts of stew beef from a local butcher. (I wasn't pleased with the stew beef I purchased.) I think I'll play with the re...