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Texas Jailhouse Chili

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Serves 16 | Prep Time | Cook Time


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups finely chopped onions
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 tablespoon salt
2 28 oz. cans red beans, drained and rinsed
2 28 oz. cans tomato puree
2 4 oz. cans chopped green chilies
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
corn chips
grated cheddar jack cheese
crushed red hot pepper
chopped green onion
chopped yellow onion
Tabasco pepper sauce

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet; add the chopped onion and ground beef. Sauté over medium heat, stirring to break up the bits, until the meat is cooked. Drain off any fat and transfer to a slow cooker.Add the remaining ingredients, except stir-ins. Cook on low 4-8 hours or high 2-4 hours.

Serve with the crushed corn chips, grated cheese, crushed red pepper, chopped green and yellow onion, and Tabasco.

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Kids especially like this version because they can stir in their choice of corn chips, cheese, and other goodies. The man was a real desperado named Jose Xavier Gonzales, who came up with the jail house chili. "Hanging Judge Roy Bean" sentenced him to hang for all his bad works, only weeks after he was jailed. This chili got its name because while in jail that he made such good chili, inmates wrote after leaving to get the recipe! Try some and you'll see why the frontier cowboys said "It's chili worth going to jail for."

Sounds like a real keeper! I'll definately be trying this one soon!

Hmmmmm don't think I would want to go to jail to get some, but this sure sounds good Dewanda. I am so glad that you joined BakeSpace, you have so many great recipes!!

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