**** OLD FASHION TEXAS CHILI ****
*** Ingredients ***
1> 2 LB. of CHILI MEAT or ROUND STEAK
2> 1/8 LB. RENDERED, BEEF KIDNEY SUET (not codfech) note: ask a good butcher
for some. it's hard to find it in the supermarkets, their beef kidneys
come without the suet. THIS Ingredient MAKES OR BRAKES THE CHILI...
3> 8 CHILI PODS (USE SUN-DRIED *ANCHOS*) try and pick ones with a reddish
hue, it gives the chili much of it's color. yellow, greenish, and
purplish ones are ok too. note: use 4 pods per lb. of meat. and boil in
1 cup of water per pod. note: Ancho is the dried form of Poblano Pepper.
4> 1 TABLESPOON BEEF BOUILLON
5> 2 GARLIC CLOVES (smashed and chopped)
6> 1 Tablespoon DRIED OREGANO (preferably Mexican)
7> 1 TEASPOONS SALT
8> 1/2 Tablespoon CAYENNE PEPPER POWDER
9> 1/2 Tablespoon CHILI POWDER
10> 1 Tablespoon Paprika POWDER (you can add more if you want a more Rosie
color, and it will not affect taste.)
11> 1 Tablespoon GROUND CUMIN SEED (Comino in Spanish)
12> 1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
13> 2 TEASPOONS WHITE VINEGAR
14> 1 Tablespoon Semi-Sweet BAKING CHOCOLATE
15> 1 CUP OF WATER (reserved from the water used to boil chili pods. also
save a little more for mixing the masa, and to add the next day.)
16> 3 Tablespoons MASA HARINA (masa harina is yellow corn flour made by
Quaker oats for the Mexican government.) note: all purpose flour may
be used instead.
*** PREPARATION ***
1> LEAN BEEF IS THE MAIN VEHICLE FOR CHILI, THE KIND MADE BY THE OLD CHUCK
WAGON COOKS. STEWING MEAT IS EXCELLENT,IF IT IS FAT FREE. BUT NEVER,
NEVER, USE PRIME BEEF, FOR IT WILL TURN INTO MUSH. MOST STORES SELL
CHILI MEAT. AND ROUND STEAK WORKS VERY WELL.
2> SEAR MEAT UNTIL IT IS GRAY IN COLOR, A Little COOKING OIL MAY BE USED.
note: (bacon grease and bits are excellent for added flavor, instead of
3> DRAIN GREASE AND PUT IN CROCK-POT. note: iron Dutch ovens work well too.
4> RENDER OUT THE SUET. to render liquid fat from beef kidney suet, cook
in a heavy saucepan over low heat, about 40 minutes or more. discard
pieces of fat that are left over, POUR CLEAR LIQUID IN WITH THE MEAT.
5> WASH CHILI PODS AND REMOVE STEMS AND SEEDS, TAKE CARE TO NOT TOUCH EYES,
WITH YOUR HANDS DURING THIS OPERATION AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY
6> BOIL PODS FOR 1/2 HOUR, OR UNTIL THE SKINS CAN BE EASILY REMOVED. THEN
MASH, DICE, GRIND, OR USE A FOOD PROCESSOR. THEN ADD IN WITH MEAT.
7> ADD ALL Remaining Ingredients TO THE MEAT, AND SOME OF THE PEPPERY
WATER USED TO BOIL THE PODS, BUT DO NOT ADDED THE MASA AT THIS TIME.
8> COOK IN A CROCK POT ON LOW 8-10 HOURS, or 4-5 ON HIGH. ABOUT 1/2 HOUR
BEFORE CHILI IS Finished, ADD THE MASA. MIX THE MASA WELL WITH THE
CHILI PEPPER WATER WITH A FORK, UNTIL ITS SMOOTH AND THERE ARE NO
LUMPS, THEN ADD TO THE CHILI.
9> PUT CHILI IN REFRIGERATOR FOR 8 TO 12 HOURS. CHILI THICKENS AND THE
SPICES SET DURING IT'S STAY IN THE ICEBOX. THE GREASE WILL RISE TO THE
TOP TOO. Finally REHEAT AND SERVE.. note: Old Timer's didn't skim the
grease. some chili pepper water may be added to the mixture to make it
*** Notes ****
This Recipe is a Variation of the Old Chili Recipe Dished out by the
Famed San Antonio Chili Queens, of the Late 1800's, and Researched by the
Late Texas Chili King, Frank X.Tolbert. I have to Admit the Chocolate,
Vinegar and Vanilla Extract are My Own Variation in this Dish. The Vinegar
Brings out the Flavor in the Chili Peppers, as well as the Vanilla Extract,
when used Sparingly. The Chocolate Add's a Richness to the Dish, but you
Can Not Taste the Chocolate, and It Will Not Taste The Same Without It..
Tolbert's Recipe is Still a Closely Guarded Family Secret....
Chili Made in Northern Mexico is Made Much the Same Way, they Omit the
Kidney Suet, and Add Chopped Onion. The Peppers they use are, 5 Dried
California Chiles, and one New Mexico Chile, for 2 Pounds of Meat. The
Old Texas Chili Didn't Contain Any Onions or Tomato's, as They Thought it
would turn their Beloved Meat Dish into STEW, by Adding any Vegetable's....