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Texas Chili

How to Make Authentic Texas Chili with beef and no beans. This traditional recipe includes crushed tomatoes and for seasoning, several spices including smoked paprika. SO good.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 224 kcal


  • 2 lbs grass fed beef
  • vegetable oil, as needed
  • 1 ½ cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Better than Bouillon - Beef flavor
  • 1 12 oz bottle amber ale beer
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp masa


  • Cheddar Cheese, freshly shredded
  • Sour Cream
  • Red Onions, chopped
  • Jalapeno, sliced


  1. In large saucepan, over medium-high heat, brown the beef crumbling it as it browns.  Remove browned meat to a paper towel line plate when done.

  2. Remove all but ¼ cup of fat in the pan.  If there's not enough fat, use vegetable oil as needed to cook the onion.  Add the onion and cook, on medium, stirring occasionally, until browned and soft, about 7 minutes.

  3. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and oregano and cook, stirring constantly to avoid burning the spices.  Cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

  4. Return browned beef to the saucepan and add the salt, pepper, bay leaves, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Better than Bouillon, ¾ cup amber ale beer and ⅓ cup water and simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Add the remaining ¾ cup beer, another ⅔ cup water, and masa and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chili is thick.

  6. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, jalapeños or anything else that sounds good to you.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Gonna Want Seconds

Nutrition Facts
Texas Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 507mg22%
Potassium 363mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Calcium 50mg5%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Vitamin A 960IU19%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.