Pedernales River Chili

This chili was the favorite of Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States.

  • 4 pounds chili-grind beef chuck OR venison
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican oregano)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 5 or 6 dashes Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1-1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes, undrained
  1. Put the meat, onion and garlic in a Dutch oven, and cook over medium heat until the meat is lightly browned.
  2. Add the oregano, chili powder, cumin, salt and Tabasco. Pour in the water and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 hour. Skim fat during the cooking, if desired.


Ready in: 2 Hrs

Kitchen tools you'll need for Pedernales River Chili:
Chili Bowls, Dutch Ovens, Stock Pots

Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell