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Pedernales River Chili

Pedernales River Chili

Pronounced Pur-DIN-alice - The recipe of President Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

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Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson had cards printed with the LBJ's "Pedernales River Chili" recipe. She is quoted as saying, "It has been almost as popular as the government pamphlet on the care and feeding of children."

"Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic initation of the real thing. One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is simply nothing better."
- by Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

4 pounds coarsely ground beef (chili-grind)
1 large chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
6 teaspoons chili powder
2 (16-ounce) cans tomatoes
Salt to taste
2 cups hot water

In a large frying pan, brown meat with onion and garlic until meat is lightly browned; transfer ingredients to a large kettle.

Add oregano, cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, salt, and hot water. Bring just to a boil; lower heat and simmer, covered, for approximately 1 hour. Remove from heat. Skim off grease and serve.

Serves 12.

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