Now before we start let me say that there is more ways to make Chili than there are fleas on an ole hound dog! What? I shouldn’t talk about dogs in a Chili blog? Ok, than there is stars in the heavens. How’s that? I will, I will take the dog sentence out when I get through. Now where was I. Oh, but there is only one true way to make Chili and that is the TEXAS Way! Which means No Beans! My gosh up north they even pour it over macaroni! Now I know that this blog will start fights in Bars and make mothers bring their kids inside the house. Even in Texas there are many ways to make Chili but there is NEVER no beans in the pot. I have seen some of our more genteel Texas hosts have a pot of beans that their guests from the north can put some in their bowl. I would make them eat at another table though. In Texas we eat Chili 12 months out of the year. Why? Because we like it and you never know what type of weather there is goin be. As I said there is many ways to make Chili but originally, that means from the start, Chili was made with the worst cuts of beef on the cattle drives. They didn’t have a grinder to make the beef into hamburger so they just threw those cuts into a pot with some spices, onion, water and a little flour to thicken it and cooked it all day. Now days we put everything we have in the kitchen. I have even heard of people not using any meat at all and calling it Chili, I swear!!! I think that came out of California, but then what do you expect. When I say beef I mean any meat. Venison, that’s deer meat, Raccoon, Possum, squirrel, rabbit, and hog, I put some of hog in mine all the time. I have even had duck, goose, quail and it was good! But there was no Beans! At the end of this blog is my recipe for Big Al’s Award-Winning Chili, impressive huh? Yes I use tomatoes and I put a beer in mine and not just any beer, I use Shiner Bock, it’s made in Texas so why not. If you ever invited to someone place for Chili make sure they have a dog, so if there is beans in it, you can slip those to the dog under the table!
Here endth the lesson March, 2016.
Big Al’s Award Winning Chili
2 lbs Hamburger Meat
1 lb Breakfast Sausage
6 Tbsp Big Al’s Chili Mix
1 cup Chopped Onion
1 bottle Shiner Bock Beer
1 15 oz can chili ready tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown meats and drain excess grease. Add onion and cook til soft. Add beer, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer 30 minutes, then add chili mix, salt and pepper. Simmer until desired consistency.
When you add the chili mix, add whatever heat you are wanting in the chili. This can be jalapenos, Big Al’s Hot Sauce for “One Alarm,” Big Al’s Smoke-n-Fire for “Second Alarm,” or Big Al’s South of Hell Hot Sauce for “Third Alarm!”