Bandera Red 5 Alarm Chili Recipe

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Bandera Red 5 Alarm Chili

cyndy ladas


The base of this chili came from my mom who was raised in Bandera, Texas. My Dad, who was raised in Abilene, Texas made some modifications to it...hence the name. Throw in some cornbread, a little Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills music and you've got yourself the perfect Texas night, (even transplants can pull it off with no one the wiser). Hope y'all like it and let me know what you think.

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10 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


2 Tbsp
crisco oil
2 lb
beef stew meat cut into cubes (you can also use venison for a leaner chili)
1 c
chopped onion
minced cloves of garlic
green bell pepper seeded and chopped
12 oz
tomato paste
2 1/2 c
of water
jalapenos (i use the two and throw in a ghost pepper for the 5 alarm effect)
2 Tbsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
oregano, dried
1/2 tsp
1 15 oz
can of pinto beans (optional. as no true texan puts beans in their chili, but we have to make some concessions for


1Heat the oil in a large heavy pan and brown the meat on all sides.
2Add the onions, garlic and peppers and fry them with the meat for about 5 minutes.
3Add all the other ingredients, Except the beans and simmer for 2 hours. Add the deans and simmer for another 30 minutes

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southwestern
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Dairy Free, Low Sodium
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom