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‘Almost’ Texas Chili
with cornbread muffins

Active: 45 minTotal: 1 hr

Texas chili differentiates itself with a unique mix of spices (including a tiny bit of cinnamon for depth) and uses only meat - no beans.
Smarts: We call this 'Almost' Texas Chili because the base is usually made entirely with dried peppers (no tomatoes), but we've taken some liberties to make our version workable for all spice preferences. Feel free to kick up the spice with some hot sauce or red pepper flakes.
Smarts: This recipe makes 8 cornbread muffins (for 4 servings). Any extras freeze well.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
‘Almost’ Texas Chili (for two nights):
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Bell peppers, green - 1, chopped
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Cornmeal, finely ground - 3 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Oregano - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
  • Beef stew meat, cubed - 2 lbs (sub beef sirloin or chuck)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, low-sodium beef - 3 cups
  • Beer - 1 cup (lager or other light-flavored beer; sub stock)
  • Tomatoes, crushed (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
  • Sour cream - for serving (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
Jalapeno-Honey Cornbread Muffins:
  • Jalapenos - 1, diced
  • Cornmeal, yellow - 1 cup
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Eggs - 1
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Milk - 1 cup

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Jalapenos / Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store jalapenos in one container. Combine onions, bell peppers and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make chili spice mix - Combine cornmeal (portion for the chili), chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, oregano, salt, black pepper and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Beef - If beef is not pre-sliced into cubes, slice into 1” / 2.5cm cubes. Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. Heat oven to 350F / 177C. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some oil (alternatively, you can plan to bake your cornbread in an oven-safe skillet brushed with some oil).
  2. While oven heats, place a Dutch oven with oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and saute until golden brown on the outside (don’t worry if it isn’t cooked all the way through), ~5 minutes. Set aside and return pan with pan drippings to heat.
  3. To pan drippings, add onions, bell peppers and garlic and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
  4. Add stock, beer and tomatoes to pan and bring to a simmer. Add beef back to pan. Place lid on the chili and simmer until beef is tender, ~45 minutes.
  5. While chili simmers, make cornbread. In one bowl, whisk together cornmeal (portion for cornbread), flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk eggs and add oil, honey and milk. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in jalapenos (if using).
  6. Spoon cornbread batter into prepared muffin tin (or skillet). Bake until just set in the center, 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. Just before serving, chop green onions.
  8. Stir vinegar into chili. Season with some salt and pepper (and some hot sauce if you’d like). Set half aside for Thursday’s meal.
  9. Serve chili with green onions and sour cream on top. Enjoy with cornbread on the side.

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Reviews

This meal has 75 reviews

Used ground turkey, 2 cups stock, fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, and I added 2 cans of kidney beans, drained. Cornbread was delicious!

By: Dara
Posted: Feb 06, 2018
Diet: Original

The touch of cinnamon really made this dish. We bought the cheap beef so left it to simmer a bit longer, turned out good!

By: Jenna
Posted: Feb 01, 2018
Diet: Original

Would try ground beef next time. And fine ground cornmeal

By: Rachel
Posted: Jan 30, 2018
Diet: Original

So good! Used 2 pounds ground beef, but would try with beef stew meat next time. Used about 2 cups beef stock and omitted the beer. The cornbread was amazing! Made in cast iron skillet.

By: Elissa
Posted: Jan 29, 2018
Diet: Original

Too thin. Also didn’t like the stew meat.

By: Kate
Posted: Jan 27, 2018
Diet: Original

We are putting this on our favorites and will repeat soon.

By: Jeff
Posted: Jan 27, 2018
Diet: Paleo