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Texas Chili recipe topped with shredded cheese, sour cream and jalapenos, in a bowl

Texas Chili Recipe

Our authentic Texas Chili recipe is beefy, thick, spicy and smokey. This "Bowl o' Red" is hearty and succulent homemade goodness your family will LOVE!  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Texas Chili Recipe, How To Make Texas Chili Recipe, Texas Chili, Texas Chili Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 464kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 pounds coarse ground beef, 80/20 or chuck also called chili grind
  • vegetable oil as needed
  • 2 cups yellow onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (28-ounce) Can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Better than Bouillon - beef flavor
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottles amber ale beer
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons masa


  • cheddar cheese shredded
  • sour cream
  • red onions chopped
  • jalapeno sliced


Make Chili:

  • In a 6-quart saucepan, over medium-high heat, brown the beef crumbling as it browns, in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Remove the browned meat to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Remove all but 1/4 cup of the fat in the pan, if there's not 1/4 cup fat, add vegetable oil, as needed.  Add the onion and cook, on medium, stirring occasionally, until browned and soft, about 10-12 minutes.
  •  Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and oregano and cook, stirring constantly so as not to burn the spices, until the spices are fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Return the browned beef to the saucepan and add the salt, pepper, bay leaves, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Better than Bouillon, 3/4 cup of the amber ale beer and 1/3 a cup of water and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 3/4 cup of beer, another 2/3 cup of water, and masa and simmer 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chili is thick.
  • Serve with any toppings you like.



Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1485mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2005IU | Vitamin C: 17.8mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 8.2mg