Chili Con Carne is one of my favorite chili recipes ever and one that I love to cook often. In case you're wondering in Spanish the name means chili pepper with meat. You will find that most versions of chili con carne contain garlic, onions, chili peppers, cumin, ground beef and beans. In Texas it's almost a sin to put beans in chili but here we are going to add red kidney beans. Which are delicious in this wonderful version of the dish.

Have you ever wondered where chili came from. Well I can tell you. The first bowls of chili were most likely cooked up by chuck wagon cooks out on Texas cattle drives. After all one thing that Texas is famous for is chili.

The first San Antonio Chili Stand was in operation at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. And it was that even that helped to spread chili and chili con carne all over the United States and other parts of the world. In 1977 Chili Con Carne was named the official dish of Texas by the Texas Legislature.

The next most important question about chili is beans. Should those beans be in the chili or should they not. Believe it or not but there are people in Texas who would fight you if you tried to put the beans in. But there are others who love the beans in the chili.

President Johnson was one of the biggest fans of Chili ever. And here is a recipe for President Johnson's favorite dish which incidentally did not contain beans.

President Johnson's Chili

1. Four Pounds Of Course Ground Beef., ( Have four pounds brisket course ground for best results )

2. One Large Sweet Onion Diced Up Very Fine.

3. Two Tablespoons Minced Fresh Garlic.

4. One Teaspoon Dried Oregano.

5. One Teaspoon Powdered Cumin.

6. Two Tablespoons Chili Powder.

7. One Twenty Eight Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes.

8. Ground Sea Salt To Taste.

9. Four Cups Beef Broth.

You will want to start with browning your meat, onion, and garlic in a large skillet and when all the meat is brown you will want to drain off all the juices. Drain it in a colander and stir it around with a spoon to get all the juices to drain away.

Put your meat, onions, garlic, and all the rest of the ingredients into a large stock pot and stir well to make sure everything is well mixed.

Bring almost to a boil but not quite. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook at least one hour stirring often. This chili is always better the second day after it is cooked. Resist the urge to cook this chili recipe in a crock pot as it will never turn out right.

And here is my award winning recipe for a chili that I have won many ribbons, trophies, and cash prizes with. Again this chili is not for the crock pot as it needs to cook down so it will come together for you and have the most wonderful of flavors.

Three Bean Chili Recipe.

1. One 15 Ounce Can Of Pinto Beans Drained And Rinsed Well.

2. One 15 Ounce Can Of Black Beans Drained And Rinsed Well.

3. One 15 Ounce Can Of White Kidney Beans Drained And Rinsed Well.

4. One Four Ounce Can Of Green Chilies.

5. One Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper.

6. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

7. One Twenty Eight Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes.

8. Four Cups Beef Broth.

9. One Pound Lean Ground Beef.

10. One Pound Bulk Italian Sausage.

11. One Cup Fine Diced Sweet Onion.

12. One Cup Fine Diced Celery.

13. One Cup Fine Diced Red And Green Bell Peppers.

14. Four Twelve Ounce Cans Of Your Favorite Beer.

15. One Fourth Cup Chili Powder.

16. One Six Ounce Can Tomato Paste.

You will want to start by cooking your onion, celery, and peppers in a little vegetable oil until the vegetables are done. Pour them into a large stock pot and set aside.

Now put your lean ground beef and Italian Sausage into a large skillet. Cook your meat and break your Italian Sausage up into very small pieces. You want to cook your meat until it is brown and then add it and any juices to the stock pot.

Now add all your other ingredients to the stock pot and bring the contents of the pot almost up to a boil but not quite. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook at least three hours on low heat until the liquid reduces. If the ingredients in the pot get to thick add another cup of beef broth.

If your worried about the alcohol in the beer don't be as it will cook out during the cooking time. You will just be left with the flavor. And oh what a wonderful flavor this chili will have. If you just don't want to use beer at all for some reason use an equal amount of apple cider.

Be sure that you wash and drain all your beans very well. As you're using cooked beans from the can you won't have to worry about your beans getting done. What you do want to make sure you do is to cook down your chili until the liquid reduces stirring often. This is really one of the most important things you do when you make this chili.

I hope you enjoy these two wonderful chili recipes. If you will follow the recipes and cook your chili down to reduce the liquid either recipe will turn out wonderful.

Consider serving bowls of salsa, sliced jalapeno peppers, sour cream, guacamole, and taco chips on the side so each person can fix their bowl of chili how they like it.

Thomas Byers has been a working Chef for over thirty years now and he has been a Executive Chef at some of the finest restaurants in the south. For about the last thirty years he has also been trying to come up with the best chili recipe in the world. Check out one of his best chili recipes at the below web site.