Stews and Chili Recipes

Best Texas Chili Recipe Award Winning 🌶🏆

Our best Texas chili recipe makes a hearty bowl of homemade chili that’s 🌶 with no beans – if you love Houston’s Firehouse Chili, this is for you! Learn how to make a Texas chili with tender chunks of seared beef and a three chili combo of pasilla, ancho and guajillo in this award winning chili recipe.

We’re making a Texas red chili – all beef and no beans! This recipe takes about 20 – 30 minutes of prep, and it’s totally worth it. With most of the cooking low and slow, it’s super easy for family dinners, Super Bowl parties or tailgating weekends. And it’s a proven award winning chili recipe, so get ready to bring home the Chili Cook Off trophies🏆!




Dried Chilies – Ancho
Dried Chilies – Guajillo
Dried Chilies – Pasilla
Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Chipotle Chile
Lodge Dutch Oven
Liquid Measure Shot Glass

2 – 3 lbs beef, diced with fat and gristle removed (I’m using short ribs, you could also use chuck, sirloin, ground beef)
Dried chilis – I’m using 2 guajillo, 1 ancho and 1 pasilla
3 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon paprika (I’m using smoked paprika)
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices bacon
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons masa harina
Salt and pepper for seasoning beef

Homemade Chili Toppings Suggestions
Corn Chips, like Fritos
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
White Onions, minced
Jalapenos, sliced
Sour Cream
Cilantro, chopped

Select the dried chili you’ll be using, and remove the stems and seeds. Toast the chilis in a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot for 2 minutes. Add the beef broth, bring to a boil and simmer to soften the chilis, about 15 minutes.

While the chilis are simmering, measure out the dried spices and cut the onions and garlic. Trim the beef of fat and gristle. Cut into bite sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Puree the stock and chilis in a Nutribullet, blender or food processor.

Cut the bacon into ½ inch pieces and cook in the dutch oven, rendering the fat and crisping the bacon. Remove the bacon pieces, leaving the fat in the pot. Over medium heat, cook the beef without stirring to sear. Once one side is seared, turn to sear the other. Work in batches so the pieces are not crowded – if the beef is crowded together, it will just steam the meat.

Once all of the beef is seared, with the heat still on medium, add all of bacon and beef to the pot. Add the dried spices and pureed liquid and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the onions and garlic, cooking to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Add the diced tomatoes and 2 cups of water and stir. Add the masa harina and stir.

Simmer for 2 – 3 hours until the meat is tender. Taste and adjust the spices to your level of spice intensity. Dried peppers can vary in spiciness, and you’ll be able to kick it up even more if you like. For a direct hit of heat, I like to use Paul Prudhomme’s Chipotle Chili Pepper – it can be intense, so start with slowly and build to your heat tolerance.

To serve, add corn chips, cheddar cheese and any additional toppings of your choice. We like to add sour cream on top, because we like it spicy and the sour cream helps tame the heat a little.

Texas Chili Recipe Slow Cooker
Once you’ve seared the beef, you can combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

Thank you so much for watching! I’ll see you in the next video!

xoxo Annie ♥

Hi! I’m Annie and every day I’m in the kitchen making real life, great food that’s super delicious, super simple and practically no-fail! I’m not a pro, but I’ve been in the kitchen for many, many years making meals that really work with busy family schedules. We’re sharing our recipes so our children, family and friends can confidently make the dishes we’ve enjoyed over the years and share them within their own circles of love. 🥰

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