Texas Style Chili

This recipe is adapted from the “Choctaw Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Cookbook” from 1995, submitted by Grace Sinclair. The original “chili con carne” is a Mexican dish that had been around for more than a century. As it came to Texas and spread through the rest of the United States, it changed by adding beans, tomatoes, and other ingredients along the way. From what I understand as a non-Texan’s point of view is traditional chili does not contain beans, but this recipe does. I am not questioning the recipe or the author but thought it would be worth mentioning since the actual title of the recipe states it as “Texas” style.

  • 2-1/2 lbs. of lean ground beef
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne
  • 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans
  • 1/8 cup of corn meal
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Cheese for garnish ( I used sharp cheddar)
  • Sliced scallions for garnish
  • Hot sauce to taste (Tapatio works very well)
  1. Sauté meat, onions, pepper and garlic powder until meat is browned and drain grease.
  2. Mix cumin and chili powder and add to meat.
  3. Pour in tomatoes and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add corn meal, beans, bouillon cubes, and 1 can of water. Simmer 20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Garnish with cheese, scallions and hot sauce.

If you want to prepare it as I did over a fire, it’s very similar. I did all steps through #4 inside on the stovetop, then transferred the camp stove to the fire and I let it simmer for more than an hour. This was fantastic and I highly suggest trying it this way if possible.


I ground dried ancho chili peppers to make freshly ground chili powder, and this is a great way to make chili powder for any other recipe as well. A very straight-forward chili with no surprises but is very hearty and filling, perfect for a cold day. Please let me know below if you tried this recipe and don’t forget to subscribe for new recipes. Enjoy!

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