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Mrs. LBJ’s Texas Chili Recipe



“Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing. One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is simply nothing better.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 1 hour and 15 minutes | Servings: 6-8

Pedernales River Chili

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds of coarse ground lean round steak or chuck
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 6 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon comino (cumin) seed
  • 2-6 shakes of liquid hot sauce
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

In a large, heavy pot, add the meat, garlic and onion and cook until meat is browned. Stir remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour. Skim off fat if necessary during cooking.

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Photo below is of Lady Bird Johnson’s recipe card for Pedernales River Chili from the LBJ Library at The University of Texas.

LBJ's Favorite Chili




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