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    Texas Jailhouse Chili...

    Legend has it that the Texas prison system made such good chili the prisoner's when freed often wrote the prison and asked for the recipe...

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    3 cups chopped onions
    2 cloves garlic (minced)
    2 lbs ground beef
    2 cans (28oz each) tomatoes, undrained
    1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies
    1 can (6oz) tomato paste
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 can (16oz) small red beans (not kidney) and the liquid
    1 can (16oz) pinto beans and the liquid

    Do this...
    In a Dutch oven or heavy pot heat the oil.
    Add onions and sauté until tender.
    Add the garlic when the onions are turning translucent, don't burn the garlic.
    Add the ground beef to brown it. Break up the chunks with your spatula.
    Spoon off the fat
    Add remaining ingredients and the beans
    Heat to boiling
    Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours, uncovered, stir occasionally

    If it is not hot enough for you... just increase the cayenne a bit.
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    Next time you make it try using a beef chuck or pot roast cut raw into long,strip steak like strips..... Just brown it to give it some color on the grill ..when it's browned, but still rare on the inside cut it into chunks and use that instead of ground beef...If you want the fat for the added flavor,render some first from the roast fat ...

    Now that I'm at changing your recipe another way to improve the flavor is to use canned whole Italian plum tomatoes and Tomato paste..The Italian tomatoes are a bit sweeter but add a robust Tomato taste...Open the cans,break the plum tomatoes up over the pot with your bare, but cleaned hands..Stir in a small can of the tomatoes paste...Use a good imported Italian Tomato,add to it a small handful of crushed, fresh basil ....Centro is a good Italian brand...
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    It does have "beans" in it. It is not Texas Red then
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    beans on the side with plenty of chopped raw onions...
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    I serve chilli with rice and beans too on the side. I love the onions too. Sweet ones, but they are all good.
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