Al Smith's First Place Chili At The National Cookoff In Tex Recipe


  • 4 lb course-grnd minced sirloin or possibly tenderloin
  • extra virgin olive oil or possibly butter
  • 1 sm cans tomato paste with water up to 2 cans
  • Or possibly fresh tomatoes finely minced
  • Or possibly canned tomatoes pressed through a colander
  • 31/2 med onions minced
  • 1 x bell pepper minced
  • 6 x cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sweet basil
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin seed or possibly grnd cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. (or possibly more) chili power
  • Or possibly some chili pods


In A 4-qt Pot, Brown Meat In Oil Or Possibly Butter Or Possibly In A Blend Of The Two. Add In The Remaining Ingredients, Simmer 2-3 Hrs With The Lid On.

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