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Texas-style chilli recipe

Texas-Style Chilli Recipe

This Texas-style chilli recipe is warm, comforting and so GOOD for you!
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chilli recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 487kcal


Ingredients for Texas-style chilli recipe

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1 red chilli deseeded and minced
  • 1 lbs extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lbs pork loin cubed
  • 2-3 tbsp chipotle paste or 2-3 whole chipotle peppers pureed
  • 2 X 400 g cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 50 g dark chocolate 70%-85%
  • 1 X 400 g can butter beans
  • 1 X 400g can kidney beans
  • 1 X 165 g can corn
  • salt
  • plain yogurt
  • fresh cilantro


  • Heat oil in a cast iron pot and cook chopped onion with cumin, paprika and oregano over low heat for 10 minutes until tender. Add sliced garlic and minced chilli, cook while stirring for 2 minutes longer.
  • Then add beef and pork and brown for 5 minutes, add bay leaves, chipotle paste, chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp of salt. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil.
  • As soon as it boils, turn the heat to medium-low, add chocolate squares, allow it to melt for a minutes or two and then stir, cover with a lid and let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Check on it occasionally and stir to prevent from burning.
  • After 1 1/2 hours your meat should be very tender. At this point take a potato masher to the chilli and smash the pork loin chunks slightly while still leaving some texture.
  • Add beans and corn, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Continue cooking for another hour on low heat.
  • Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt and fresh chopped cilantro alongside rice or tortillas.


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 1578mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 26.3mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 9.1mg