Authentic Texas Ranch-Style Chili

Martha Price


I have had this recipe for decades. I originally clipped it from a magazine, but don't remember which one or what year - the clipping is quite tattered now! In the clipping write-up, it says, "A really fine chili, cooked the way Texans like it!". I will let the Texan chili aficionados decide that, but I do know my family enjoys it. I have changed it up a bit to suit our tastes, and we usually serve it with grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, and extra chopped onions to sprinkle on top. I hope you try it and like it!

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6 - 8
25 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top


4 Tbsp
vegetable oil
3 lb
beef chuck or round, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch cubes
1 c
onions, chopped (more if you like)
4 clove
garlic, finely minced
4 - 6 Tbsp
chili powder (or to taste)
2 Tbsp
3 tsp
cumin seed, crushed
2 tsp
oregano, crushed (from spice bottle)
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
14.5 oz. can(s)
condensed beef broth
1 and 1/2 c
1 - 2 Tbsp

How to Make Authentic Texas Ranch-Style Chili


  • 1Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large pot with tight-fitting lid. Lightly brown beef, removing as it browns. Add more oil as needed.
  • 2After all meat is browned and removed from pot, add garlic and onion to pot and saute until tender and lightly browned. Return all meat to pan.
  • 3Combine chili powder, flour, and cumin (I don't always crush the cumin seeds, just leave whole). Sprinkle this mixture over the meat; stir over low heat until meat is evenly coated, about 2 minutes.
  • 4Stir in oregano, salt, cayenne, beef broth and water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower heat, simmer slowly, with lid on for about 2 hours, or until meat is very tender.
  • 5Sprinkle in the cornmeal, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened, 5 - 10 minutes.
    *It is best to let chili "rest" for 15 to 30 minutes before eating; it gives the meat a chance to absorb more of the sauce!

    Serve with hot white rice and pinto beans on the side, if desired.

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About Authentic Texas Ranch-Style Chili

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Hashtags: #easy, #One Pot, #pot-luck