True Texas Chili

The saying, “things are bigger in Texas” is true when it comes to making a piping hot, authentic bowl of True Texas Chili. There’s just no way to make chili for one or two. When you’re making this genuine bowl of goodness, you’re gonna need to make a lot because folks love it and they always want seconds and thirds.

Trust me on this one…

True Texas Chili

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 – 3 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 10 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons ground chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 package Sazon Goya (Coriander and Annatto seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups water (to desired consistency)
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. Preheat large dutch oven with olive oil on medium-low heat; saute onions until semi-tender
  2. Add beef; cook thoroughly; drain beef (do NOT rinse)
  3. Add beef and onion mixture back to the dutch oven
  4. Add spices,tomatoes, green chiles, and Goya seasonings
  5. Add water; allow mixture to simmer covered, for 20 minutes
  6. Check seasonings prior to serving; garnish with cheese, onions, or jalapenos

Recipe Notes

  • A quick and easy substitute for the tomatoes and green chiles is to used canned stewed tomatoes with green chiles
  • If you prefer a more tomato flavor, add a small can of tomato paste
  • For a hotter chili, add jalapenos
  • If the chili is too hot for some, add a dollop of sour cream to their bowl

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