Texas Green Chili

Texas Green Chili Recipe

This recipe is from a cafe in the stock yards in San Antonio Texas. I've been working on making it perfect for about the last 10 years. Try it and see what you think.
This recipe is from a cafe in the stock yards in San Antonio Texas. I've been working on making it perfect for about the last 10 years. Try it and see what you think. | Source
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The History Of Chili, Chuck Wagons And More

The Chuck Wagon, 1850 - 1890 , Feeding The Hungry Cowboy

You may not know it but the first bowls of chili were made by the " Cookie " as he was known out on the trails with the cattle drives. In Texas chili does not contain beans. Neither does our recipe here for green chili. You can of course add beans if you wish but just don't do it in Texas. You might get shot.

Along the cattle trails leading north from Texas to the railheads in Kansas and the northern plains around 1880, the chuck wagon stood out as the focal point and gathering place for the working cowboys. Their job was to push as many as 3,000 head of cattle along dusty trails, day after day, for 12 - 15 miles each day, and when nightfall came they headed for the all - important chuck wagon.

"Chuck" and "grub" were cowboy slang for food, and these knights of the range were known for their heavy appetites. They would gather around the chuck wagon, whose tailgate was lowered to form a shelf or counter, pick up their tin plates, tin cups, knives, and forks, and head for the food pots that hung from racks over a fire. The man in charge of the chuck wagon was the cook, for whom the cowboys also invented names - cookie, biscuit-shooter, dough-roller, grub-wrangler, or worse.

Often an ex-cowboy himself, the cook was either too old for, or incapable of, rough ranch work. Nevertheless, a first rate cook was an asset to any drive, for well-fed cowboys.

Most chuck wagon kitchens offered such open-range delights as flapjacks, frying-pan bread, chili in various forms, bacon, beans, and various meat stews. When time and supplies permitted the cook served homemade chili, or perhaps some fresh pies and cold canned tomatoes.

With heaping plates in one hand and hot cups of coffee in the other, the men would cross their legs and drop to the ground without spilling a drop. When a cowboy stood up to get a second helping, the others would yell, " Man at the Pot" which meant that he must serve seconds to all the others.

As long as he produced good chuck and wonderful chili the cook could be as crotchety or whimsical as he wished. Late in the day he drove the chuck wagon in advance of the herds and was, therefore, in constant danger of being attacked by Indians or robbers. Yet he was expected to have food ready for the men by the time they reached the new camp at sundown.

His wagon, in addition to hauling enough food to supply up to 30 men three times a day for as long as three months, provide storage space for extra clothing, valuables, tents, bedding, and other equipment. Sometimes it housed a make shift stove, but usually food was prepared over an open fire. The cook was constantly on the lookout for forage for the horses and a good source of drinking water for both men and animals.

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Texas Green Chili Recipe

Originally this recipe was given to me by a friend who ran a restaurant near the San Antonio stock yards. Over the years I've changed it up a bit to make it much easier for anyone to be able to make it no matter where you are. Any of the ingredients I mention should be available at your local supermarket. In the photo above I used celery because it was requested. I usually do not use it in the recipe.

Ingredients For Your Green Chili Recipe

1. Three Pounds Of Boneless Pork Loin cut into one inch cubes.

2. Six Tablespoons Bacon Drippings.

3. Two Cups Yellow Onion Diced Up Fine.

4. Three Tablespoons Southwest Chipotle Powder.

5. Two Tablespoons Minced Fresh Garlic.

6. Three ( 10 Ounce Cans ) Green Chilies.

7. One 10 Ounce Can Spicy Tomatoes WIth Green Chilies.

8. Three Cups White Potatoes Diced Small.

9. Two Thirds Cup All Purpose Flour.

10. Ten Cups Chicken Broth.

Brown your pork cubes in a tablespoon of the bacon drippings until the pork is brown on all sides. Remove the browned pork cubes with a slotted spoon so you leave any drippings in the pan.

Add the remaining bacon drippings and your onions and garlic to the pan and cook until the onion and garlic are cooked soft but not brown.

Use a spoon to remove the garlic and onions. If you don't have four tablespoons of drippings left in the pan add enough vegetable oil to make four tablespoons of oil in the pan. Now you will need a wire whisk. Add your flour to the pan and stir with the wire whisk all the time. You want your flour to brown to the color of an old copper penny. Stir all the time so your roux does not burn. If it happens to burn you'll have to start with a new pan and four tablespoons of oil and add fresh flour again. Once it is brown set it off the fire.

Now you'll need at least a six quart crock pot or slow cooker. Add all the ingredients but four cups of chicken broth and the roux to your crock pot. Turn the crock pot on high. Pour the chicken broth into the cooled pan where you have the roux and use the wire whisk to mix it together very well. Now pour the mixed roux into the crock pot with your other ingredients and stir to mix very well together.

Put the lid on the crock pot and cook for eight hours. Here your going to end up with a perfectly cooked chili. Please follow the instructions carefully and you'll have one of the best pots of chili that you'll ever taste in your life.

Serve your chili in bowls over big squares of cornbread and offer sides like sliced jalapenos, pinto beans, diced onions, your favorite shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole. With these sides served over cornbread your going to have a Texas Chili Feast. Once you make it comment and let us all know how it turned out.

Green Chilie Corn Bread Casserole

This Green Chilie Cornbread Casserole Is Just Perfect. I Just Love The Taste Of This Casserole.
This Green Chilie Cornbread Casserole Is Just Perfect. I Just Love The Taste Of This Casserole. | Source

Green Chilie Corn Bread Casserole

I just love this casserole and it always turns out just perfect.

Ingredients Needed For Your Green Chilie Cornbread Casserole

1. One Box Jiffy Cornbread Mix.

2. One Can Cream Corn.

3. One Small Can Green Chilies.

4. Three Well Beaten Eggs.

5. One Half Cup Whole Milk.

6. Two Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

7. One Cup Pepper Jack Cheese Shredded.

8. Two Cups Sour Cream.

9. Salt And Pepper To Taste.

Mix in a large bowl and then spray a 13" X 9" baking pan with vegetable cooking spray and then pour in the casserole mixture. Shake well to level it out. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes in a hot oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes after it comes out of oven before you cut into sguares and serve. Excellent with a green garden salad.

Corn Bread Recipe

Here's a really easy cornbread recipe that anyone can make to go with their Texas Green Chili. This is one of the best cornbread recipes you'll ever make.

Ingredients Needed For Your Cornbread

1. One Cup Plain Yellow Cornmeal.

2. One Cup Plain All Purpose Flour.

3. One Tablespoon Baking Powder.

4. Two Large Eggs Well Beaten.

5. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

6. One Cup Buttermilk.

7. One Fourth Cup Melted Butter.

8. One Fourth Cup Honey. ( No Comb )

9. One Fourth Cup Cream Corn.

Use your blender or food processor to mix all of your ingredients up together very well.

You will want to spray a 9" X 9" pan with vegetable cooking spray and then pour your mixed cornbread into the pan and shake it down.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and let it get hot before you add your pan of corn bread to the oven. Bake your cornbread until the cornbread is brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Some people like to add a small can of green chilies and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the corn bread. If you do you'll probably need a larger pan to cook your cornbread in.

I sometimes use cup cake papers in a muffin tin and bake my corn bread in the muffin pan. Use tin foil cup cake papers for the best results. If I'm doing a chili party I almost always make my cornbread as muffins and I always add the green chilies and cheese to the cornbread.

Delicious Homemade Cowboy Beans

Delicious Homemade Cowboy Beans
Delicious Homemade Cowboy Beans

Delicious Homemade Cowboy Beans Recipe

Here were going to make some of the most delicious cowboy beans that you'll ever make and taste in your life. Out on the cattle drives this is the way these beans would have been made and served to the cowboys driving the cattle to market.

Ingredients For Your Cowboy Beans

1. Three Small Ham Hocks Washed Well.

2. Three Cups Dry Pinto Beans.

3. Two Tablespoons Bacon Drippings.

4. Two Tablespoons Minced Garlic.

5. One Large Sweet Onion Peeled And Diced Fine.

6. Two Cups Beef Broth.

7. Two Cups Black Coffee.

8. Two Cups Barbecue Sauce.

9. One Fourth Cup Fine Diced Fresh Jalapenos.

Instructions

These beans are easy to make. I often cook them in a large slow cooker until they are done and then I pour the beans into a large stock pot and let the beans cook down. You want your beans to cook down until they have a rich thick soup.

When your ham hocks are just done take them out of the pot and separate all the meat from the bones. Discard the bones and put the meat back into the pot of beans.

Once you have your beans cooked down and ready to serve you should make a cake of cornbread and serve small squares of cornbread in the bottom of the bowl with a ladle of these beans poured over the cornbread and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. I guarantee you that these beans are some of the best you'll ever taste in your life.

Old West Chuck Wagon

Here is how a old west chuck wagon would have looked. This is where the cowboys would come for their meals.
Here is how a old west chuck wagon would have looked. This is where the cowboys would come for their meals.

How To Have A Festive Texas Chili Party

If your interested in having a festive Texas Chili Party serve your chili in crock pots on a red and white checkered tablecloth covered table. On the table setting in bowls or containers of ice offer jalapeno slices, diced onion, salsa, diced green onions including tops, shredded Mexican cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. Offer squares of cornbread, taco chips, hot sauce, lime wedges, and etc.

Play Mexican music low in the back ground. You can if you wish hang Mexican flags, and etc. You want to create a real festive atmosphere. I guarantee you that people will enjoy the festive party. This would be great for a football or baseball party or for watching the world series.

Here We Have A Old West Chuck Wagon

Here we have a old west chuck wagon with the cook preparing food for the hungry cowboys who will be showing up soon.
Here we have a old west chuck wagon with the cook preparing food for the hungry cowboys who will be showing up soon. | Source

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Another Old West Chuck Wagon In This Photo

Here we have another old west chuck wagon. Notice the coffee grinder on the top shelf there. Coffee was an important beverage to the cowboys.
Here we have another old west chuck wagon. Notice the coffee grinder on the top shelf there. Coffee was an important beverage to the cowboys. | Source

Here Is Exactly How A Chuck Wagon Would Have Looked

Here one of the cowboys is pouring a cup of coffee. Coffee and chili cooked this way always seems to taste better.
Here one of the cowboys is pouring a cup of coffee. Coffee and chili cooked this way always seems to taste better. | Source

I Hope You Enjoy This Hub Page On Texas Green Chili

In addition to the Texas Green Chili I've included a recipe for cornbread and a recipe for Green Chili Cornbread Casserole. I really hope you get a chance to try these wonderful recipes real soon. I've been making chili in one form or another for about the last fifty years or so.

In the last forty plus years I've won just about seventy thousand dollars from entering Chili Cook Off Contests. I think I'm one of the best chili cooks in the world today. I want to give credit where credit is due. My Mom, Virginia Walker and her mom and my Grandmother Hattie Propst taught me a lot of what I know about cooking. My Grandmother taught me a lot about making chili and frying some of the best chicken in the world and my Mom Virginia taught me how to use spices and just how to add the right amounts of spices to make the most wonderful food in the world. Sadly both of these fine ladies have gone to heaven now but they taught me much and helped me to become one of the best chefs in the world.

Cooking is a big part of my life. I really enjoy it and I love sharing recipes. I think the Texas Green Chili Recipe is one of the best in the world. The roux is what makes this chili into one of the best chilis you'll ever taste in your life. If you'll follow the instructions carefully you'll make a really great chili that I guarntee you will be one of the best bowls of chili that you'll ever taste in your life. If you have questions or need help putting your Texas Green Chili together just post below in the comment section. Thanks so much for reading.

True Chuck Wagon Chili

Here we have true chuck wagon chili. The beans and cheese were added on top as a garnish. True Texas Chili is called a bowl of red and never has beans.
Here we have true chuck wagon chili. The beans and cheese were added on top as a garnish. True Texas Chili is called a bowl of red and never has beans. | Source

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Please Post Your Comments About Texas Green Chili Now And Thanks For Reading. 13 comments

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goatfury 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

This is a really cool concept, and dramatically different from the chili I've typically made (possibly with the exception of my white chicken chili). Looks delicious, and fairly simple!


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Yes the garlic potatoes are wonderful. I'm digging my newly grown potatoes now and making them into garlic potatoes. Thanks for the comment.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I like the looks of everything here, Mr. B! By the way, I can't get enough of the garlic infused oil for my baked garlic potatoes. I had to buy the large sized bottle of minced garlic.


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Thanks for the comments. They are appreciated.


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

Never heard of Texas Green Chilli but you sure did a well presentation on the history and recipes. Voted up


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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

Great work, well written and it looks good. Voted UP, thank you.


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Thanks for the great comment. I appreciate it.


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europewalker 3 years ago

The green chili cornbread casserole recipe is making my mouth water, can't wait to try it! Excellent hub, well done. Voted up and pinning:)


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

I just loved this fabulous article! The recipes look delicious and not too complicated. I must try them. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Thanks everyone for your great comments. They are really appreciated.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Great article full of great recipes, well done !

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is a fabulous hub -- not just the recipes but the history, the photos, the videos, and party tips. Voted up + and sharing.


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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I love how you added some history about the chuck wagon and the cowboys. I never ate chili without beans and I like mine a bit milder than some people do. My husband would love the green chili recipe. He enjoys hot stuff. Voted up.

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