Why is a boy from the suburbs of Cleveland known among friends, family, and co-workers for his Texas Red Chili?
I’m not from Texas. I get to visit from time to time - my Day Job occasionally takes me to Austin - but I’m about as Midwestern Yankee as you can get. 1
I’ve always loved chili - it’s the perfect meal for a brisk fall day. Years ago, I picked up a Betty Crocker “Soups, Stews and Chili” recipe booklet in the checkout line of the grocery store. Chili? Sure, I’ll check it out.
Most of the book was bland, boring recipes. Except for the treasure, hidden in the middle of the book. Eight pages of winning recipes from the ICS Chili Cookoff, from 1987 (Margo’s Chili) through 1993 (Puppy’s Breath Chili). Don’t ask me how they got in there - I’m guessing Betty Crocker was a sponsor? - but those recipes were a revelation to an Ohio boy. Chunks of beef, lots and lots of chili powder, and No Beans Allowed.
These recipes became my calling card. Potluck at work? Super Bowl party? Tailgating? Time to bring out the big pot and cook some chili.
Starting with what I learned in that booklet, I built my own version of the recipe. Then I bought a pressure cooker, and it was obvious I had to use it to make chili. 2
Pressure Cooker Texas Red Chili - Time Lapse [YouTube.com]
Here is the original recipe: Pressure Cooker Texas Red Chili
What do you think?
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