texas chili

Not to be confused with chili.  I still took liberties with this Texas Chili, of course, but I’m a Texan, I can do that.  I would not readily admit to adding greens (kale!) to my all beef chili.  If pressed (by another Texan), I would probably insinuate that it was cilantro.  Hearty enough to warm you on a cool evening, low carb enough to meet some dietary programs, delicious enough to bring vegetarians to their senses.

I recommend serving with crushed up tortilla chips, chopped fresh red onion and a little cheese (help it stick to your ribs).

Try it.  You’ll fall for it, and then you’ll write me love letters.



1.5 lb beef round
1 lb ground beef
3 tbs bacon grease
2 medium bell peppers, diced
2 med sweet onions, diced
1 large bunch of kale/ chard, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbs chipotle in adobo
¼ tsp cayenne
2 tbs cumin
2 tbs chili powder
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs salt
1 tbs pepper
4 c. stock
2 c. water
1 bottle dark beer
1 tbs liquid smoke

  1. Cut beef round into bite-sized pieces, trimming off all fat (unless you like it – ick!).
  2. Heat 1 tbs bacon grease in a dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat.  Working in batches, add the beef round, making sure each piece has plenty of room to brown – you DON’T want them to steam.cubed round with plenty of room to cook
  3. Once browned, remove from pot and add next batch, replenishing bacon grease as necessary.  Repeat until all pieces are beautifully browned.Browned round
  4. Brown the ground beef in the same pot.  Remove with slotted spoon when browned.
  5. Add onions and peppers to the pot and soften in remaining drippings.
  6. Stir in chipotle, cayenne, cumin and chili powder, cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Add brown sugar, salt, pepper, stock, beer, water, liquid smoke, ground beef and cubed round steak into the pot.  Bring to a simmer, then turn heat to low and cook for 3 hours or until round cubes are tender.
  8. Add chopped kale (or chard or other leafy green) and cilantro and cook 10 more minutes.
  9. Send me a note letting me know how much you enjoyed it!