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


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!!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
20 servings


  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 8 pounds beef stew meat, or coarse ground chili beef

  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 4 tablespoons ground red chile pepper

  • 4 tablespoons mild chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ¼ cup sweet Hungarian paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • 3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • ¼ cup dried parsley (Optional)

  • 1 fresh jalapeno peppers

  • 1 cup masa harina flour


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

512 Calories
36g Fat
12g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 512
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 1106mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 886mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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