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Chili Con Carne

Although it does include tomato sauce (verboten in classic Texas chili), this easy recipe makes a good, old-fashioned bowl of red. If you like beans, serve them on the side, please. Our formula is only moderately hot, assuming that the chili powder you use is basic, store-bought stuff. To bring it up to three or four alarms, increase the amount of chili powder or use a very hot powder, available from most spice sources.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Servings: 6


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds lean beef round cut into bite-size cubes
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons coarse ground pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
5 tablespoons chili powder
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1-1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon masa harina dissolved in 1/2 cup water


  1. Sautee the onion and garlic in oil until soft.
  2. Add the beef and cook until it is browned.
  3. Add salt, sugar, pepper, oregano, cumin, chili powder, tomato sauce, and water. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmering boil and cook partially covered for one hour and 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add masa harina dissolved in water into chili and stir it in well. Place the chili over low heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
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