This recipe comes from my cookbook, "Savor the Southwest". This is a classic chili con carne recipe from Texas. Texas purists do not put beans or tomatoes in their chili. I hope you enjoy this hearty recipe!
1In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 1 T. of the vegetable oil over med-high heat. Brown the beef cubes, in batches, adding more oil if necessary. Remove the beef from the pot.
2Add the onions and cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes more.
3In a small bowl, stir together the chile powders, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; stir in enough of the beer to make a paste, about 1/4 cup. Add the chile paste to the onion mixture and cook, stirring, about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to scorch the chile paste. Add the remaining beer and stir well, scraping up any browned bits. Add the water and browned beef cubes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the meat is tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
4Stir in the lime juice and masa harina. Cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
5Ladle into bowls and serve immediately. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and lime wedges, if desired.