‘Almost’ Texas Chili
with lemon garlic broccoli
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: The original version of this recipe has cornbread served on the side, so if you have a gluten-free cornbread mix or recipe you like, use that as a side dish instead of broccoli.
- Jalapenos - 1, diced
- 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, gluten-free - 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)
- Broccoli florets - 10 oz
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Stock, low-sodium beef - 2 Tbsp
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Jalapenos / Onions / Bell peppers / Broccoli / Garlic (for both chili and broccoli) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make chili spice mix - Combine cornmeal, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, oregano, salt, black pepper and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- 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)
- Place a Dutch oven with oil (portion for chili) 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.
- To pan drippings, add jalapenos, onions, bell peppers and garlic (portion for chili) and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
- Add stock (portion for chili), 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.
- While chili is nearly finished, heat a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add oil (portion for broccoli) and then broccoli, garlic (portion for broccoli) and some salt. Saute until garlic is fragrant, ~1 minute. Pour stock (portion for broccoli) over top and cover with a lid or foil. Steam broccoli until tender, ~5 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice over top.
- Just before serving, chop green onions.
- 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.
- Serve chili with green onions and sour cream on top. Enjoy with broccoli.
I know Texas style chili tends to be less thick since there are no beans, but this was super liquidy - more of a thin soup. It did thicken up in the fridge, but in the future, I will cut the liquid. Especially since I made this in my instant pot.0 Helpful
I reduced the amount of liquid after reading comments, and left out beer and quinoa (subbed for some brown rice). Delicious! And those cornbread muffins! A real winner!0 Helpful
Used cannelloni and kidney beans instead of tomatoes, only a tiny bit of chili powder, no jalapeños or bell peppers and it was still decent, though a thin chili. Broccoli was delicious!0 Helpful
Made it in the slow cooker with about a half a cup less liquid and had minimal issues with soupiness. I also threw in a cup or so of dried red kidney beans because the idea of meat soup was daunting. We also made the nachos on the first night and had bowls of chili the second night.0 Helpful
Made this in the instant pot. Felt like in order to have leftovers for lunch and the nachos, would need 3 lbs of meat. Next time won’t add as much liquid.0 Helpful
This was alright. I cut the liquids in half and it was still more of a soup than a chili.0 Helpful