Crockpot Chili Texas Style
This is a wonderful crockpot chili recipe, which is full of delicious flavors. The list of ingredients might look long but once you have browned the bacon and beef, you simply need to combine everything in the slow cooker and leave it to cook. Crockpot chili recipes often come out even better than the chilies you might have made on the stovetop because the flavors really combine well and complement one another when the chili slow cooks. You can serve this crockpot chili recipe with rice or bread or even as a filling for baked potatoes. Feel free to adjust the chili level if you prefer it less spicy or hotter.
So, what is the difference between a Texas style crockpot chili recipe and regular crockpot chili recipes, you might be wondering. Actually, real Texas chili does not contain beans. They are seen as a filler rather than part of the authentic recipe. Chili peppers feature in Texas chili recipes and they might be diced, liquefied, powdered, or chopped. The birthplace of chili was in San Antonio, Texas, and this was in the 1800s.
The dish started as a basic peasant stew using inexpensive ingredients – beef, chilies, oregano, garlic, and cumin. All of these except the cumin grew wild in the south of the state. Settlers brought the cumin from the Canary Islands in the 1700s. The following recipe will give you the authentic flavor of a Texas chili con carne recipe and you will not miss the beans, we promise!
- 3 lbs boneless beef, cubed
- 6 strips bacon
- 28 oz can tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ? teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
- ½ cup thinly sliced carrots
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- 6 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish
- Fry the bacon and drain on paper towels.
- Put the beef in the same pan and brown it in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes.
- Add the beef to the crockpot.
- Stir in the bacon and everything else.
- Cover and cook for 10 hours on low, or until the meat is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with rice and garnish each plate with a sprig of fresh parsley.
This crockpot chili is so easy to make because you just need to brown the beef and bacon and then stir in the rest of the ingredients. If you enjoy making crockpot chili recipes, you will like this typical Texas chili recipe. Do not let the absence of beans put you off. Beans never featured in the first chili recipes and they are mainly used as a filler to allow the chef to skimp on the beef; at least that is what the Texans believe! This is one of the most enjoyable crockpot chili recipes ever and you will love how all the flavors blend so well with one another.
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