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Pati Jinich Tex-Mex chili

Tex-Mex Chili

Serves: 8

Tex-Mex Chili

Ingredients

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus one tablespoon set aside

1 pound beef stew meat, cubed into 1-inch chunks

1 pound ground pork or beef

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or more to taste

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste

1 white onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño, seeding optional

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder such as ancho or chipotle chile powder

1 tablespoon chipotles in adobo sauce, or more to taste

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

4 cups beef stock

2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (or about 4 cups homemade)


To garnish:

Sour cream

Chopped fresh cilantro

Shredded cheddar cheese

Tortilla chips

Green onions, sliced thin

To Prepare

In a Dutch oven or heavy bottom casserole, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef, and begin to brown on all sides. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the ground meat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and let it brown along with the cubed meat for another 5 to 6 minutes. The juices of the ground meat should have come out and then dry out. Stir as the meat browns.

Make room in the center of the pan, add the extra tablespoon of oil and add the onions and peppers, cook for 5 more minutes or until they begin to soften. Make some room in the casserole again, add the garlic, red pepper flakes, cayenne, paprika, chili powder, chipotle sauce, cumin, oregano, stir well.

Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and vinegar, mix well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes stirring a couple times. The tomato paste should have dissolved and the sauce thickened a bit. Pour in the beef stock and once it comes to a strong simmer, reduce heat to medium. Add the beans and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low, it should have a low steady simmer, and cook uncovered for an hour, stir every once in awhile.

Serve the chili in bowls and let your guests garnish with sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and green onions.

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Comments

OMG!!!! This is so very yummy. I have watched Pati make it twice and could not go on another day without having it in my kitchen. I made the chili and the cornbread. Tomorrow I will make the pancakes. Thanks, Pati for a great recipe.

Your welcome, Rosemary!



I live in the Midwest, so you may eat many kinds of chili recipes. This chili is awesome. My family loved this recipe. We have exchange students each year, ourDanish daughter loved it as well. Sad our Mexican daughter was not here to enjoy. Thanks for great recipes Stanley

Hola Stanley, Thank you so much for trying the chili. I’m very happy to hear your family enjoyed it – and your guest from Denmark!! All the best to all of you…



We have made the Chili twice now, once with all beef, and once with ground pork, and absolutely love it.

Both times though, I could not get the juices from the meat to “dry out” I was left with quite a bit of liquid each time. I could cook the meat longer to let more juice evaporate, but am afraid that would dry out the meat too much. My only other thought is that perhaps my temperature is too low, but the juice that does come out ends up in a boil. Should I just drain it off?

Hi Steve,
I would just cook the meat a few minutes longer, so juices do dry off. It will not dry the meat as it then simmers with the rest of the ingredients for a while. You may also benefit from cooking in a larger pot, so the juices evaporate quicker. So glad you enjoy the taste!



Today was a snow day and I decided to put my unplanned free time to good use and tried your Tex-Mex Chili recipe. Although it is the most complex chili recipe I’ve ever attempted, it is the best! Having said that, it was well worth the effort. I should have followed your recipe a little more closely as far as the one tablespoon of chipotles in adobo sauce goes – I used two tablespoons and it was a little more chipotle than I would have preferred. I also let the chili rest for 30 minutes which allowed the many ingredients to blend and settle. Great recipe!

Good use of a snow day! Sp happy you tried it and liked it, Bob.



My mouth was watering at the thought of eating this chili. I am Mexican and married to a Texican :) I will most definitely be making this for my husband along with the cornbread. YUM!



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