It’s the perfect season for making authentic Texas chili, and this award-winning chili recipe has over 100 5-star reviews on the blog, as well as 30 readers who have won their own local chili cook-offs, using this tried and true Texas recipe.

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We think this is the best Texas chili recipe and the internet seems to agree. In this recipe, we use the flat of a brisket for creating tender morsels of chili meat that doesn’t come out tasting like pot roast.

This recipe is in the style of Texas barbecue restaurants and is a chili recipe with no beans.

It’s a bit like a chile con carne recipe, but we slowly simmer these chunks of beef until they are one solid “soup”. In fact, you might find that using an immersion blender after the chili cooking gives you even more of a Texas quality chili. Just buzz it a few times to make it extra broken up and mixed well. 🙂

Ingredients Used:

• 4 slices thick cut bacon
• 3-4 lb. beef brisket, trimmed
• Kosher salt, pepper, onion powder – for liberally sprinkling on the meat while browning.
• 2 c. white onion, small diced (one large onion)
• 5 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
• 1 T paprika
• 1 T. cumin powder
• 3 ½ T Texas chili powder, such as Mexene or Gebhardt’s
• ½ t. dried thyme
• ½ t. chipotle chile powder
• ½ t. salt
• 1 quart beef broth
• ½ c. strong black coffee (you can save this from your morning coffee)
• 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, in juice

I have full step-by-step instructions on the blog and you can read lots of reviews by readers who have won chili cookoffs using this recipe, made this chili and modified the recipe, or even substituted smoked brisket.

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Thanks, Sarah Penrod & Team