Grub Americana

Pedernales River Chili

Adapted from Lady Bird Johnson. This chili recipe was so requested that Mrs. Johnson had it printed on cards suitable for mailing.

Recipe makes 12 servings

Whatcha Need:

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons chile powder, or to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups canned tomatoes, cut up
  • 2 to 6 dashes hot sauce, or to taste
  • Salt to taste.

Whatcha Do:

Cook the meat, onion and garlic in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring, until lightly browned. Stir in the oregano, cumin, chile powder, tomatoes, hot sauce, salt and 2 cups hot water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour, skimming off the fat as it cooks.