Mrs. LBJ's Pedernales River Chili

  • Yield: servings


4pounds chili meat (coarsely-ground round steak or well-trimmed chuck)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1teaspoon ground oregano
1teaspoon comino seed
6teaspoons chili powder (or more, if needed)
1 1/2cups canned whole tomatoes
2 to 6 generous dashes liquid hot sauce
2cups hot water
Salt to taste


  1. Place meat, onion and garlic in large, heavy pan or dutch oven. Cook until light in color. Add oregano, comino seed, chili powder, tomatoes, hot pepper sauce, salt and hot water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 1 hour. Skim off fat during cooking.

–Recipe courtesy of the National Archives. Ingredients, measurements and instructions remain accurate to historical records.