Texas-Style Beef Chili


Preparation info

  • 8

    • Difficulty


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Cooking with Spice

Cooking with Spice

By Jennifer Newens

Published 2013

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In Texas, chili is made from beef, vegetables, and spices, period. Cooks there consider the addition of beans or tomatoes akin to sacrilege. This version uses hand-toasted and ground cumin seeds and fruity ancho chile powder, both authentic additions, then adds Spanish-style smoked paprika to the mix for a satisfying bowl of red.


  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup (1 oz/30


In a small frying pan, toast cumin seeds over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and finely grind with a pestle (or use a spice grinder). Transfer to a bowl and add chile powder, paprika, and oregano. Mix well and set aside.

Season beef with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat 2