Chili is the perfect one-pot dish for a filling, hearty meal that's easy to make. When it's cold outside, chili can warm you on the insides like no other. This Texas-style spicy no bean chili is tangy, with the flavorful combination of the ground beef and pork. Tomatoes and peppers round out the dish. Top this tasty chili with shredded Cheddar cheese and serve it with cornbread or savory corn muffins.
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
- 12 to 16 ounces ground pork
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (crushed, minced)
- Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper
- 1 4-ounce can mild chopped chile peppers
- 2 14.5-ounce cans chili-seasoned diced tomatoes*
- 1 1/2 tablespoons good quality chili powder blend
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or other hot pepper sauce, or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional: shredded cheddar cheese
*If using plain diced tomatoes, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cumin.
- In a large deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat, brown ground beef and pork with chopped onion, breaking the meat up with a spatula and turning frequently.
- Add the garlic and jalapeno peppers, if using. Cook, stirring for 1 minute longer.
- Add the chopped chile peppers, diced tomatoes with juice, chili powder, hot sauce, and vinegar.
- Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Taste and add salt and pepper, as desired.
- Serve with hot baked cornbread or corn chips and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.
Serves 6 to 8.
Making Your Spicy Chili Spicier
This chili has no beans and gets its heat from chili powder, hot pepper sauce and jalapeno peppers. If you want to raise the heat meter on this chili even more, you can add minced chipotle chiles, white and/or black pepper, paprika, ancho chile powder and even crushed red pepper flakes.
Chili Ingredient Add-Ons
While Texas chili is known to be a no-beans-allowed dish, you won't be punished for adding kidney beans or pinto beans in other states. In addition to beans, beer is a frequent addition to chili recipes. Beer is added as a flavor enhancer that helps activate the spiciness in the chili. Top it off with some jalapeno pepper rings and finely chopped onions along with the shredded cheese.