World champion Texas red chili

This recipe comes from Bill Pfeiffer. He won the 1980 and 1982 World Chili Cookoff and took first place in the International Chili Society's 14th annual World Championship Chili Cookoff with it.

Pfeiffer calls this recipe "Capitol Punishment Chili" because he won his first attempt at a chili cookoff in Washington, DC.

Texas red chili has no beans...


(serves 25)


  1. In a large pot add paprika, oregano, MSG, chili powder, cumin, beef bouillon, beer, and two cups of water. Let simmer.
  2. In a separate skillet brown 1 1/2 lb meat with 1 Tbsp oil or kidney suet until meat is light brown.
  3. Drain and add to simmering spices.
  4. Continue until all meat has been added.
  5. Sautae finely chopped onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp oil or kidney suet.
  6. Add to spices and meat mixture. Add water as needed. Simmer two hours.
  7. Add molae, sugar, coriander, Louisiana Red Hot sauce, and tomato sauce. Simmer 45 minutes.
  8. Dissolve masa harina in warm water and add to chili. Add salt to taste. Simmer 30 minutes.


I use Durkee's Louisiana Red Hot sauce. Probably your favorite brand of beer is ok. Pfeiffer's ICS-winning recipe uses Budweiser because they sponsored the contest. For hotter chili, add additional Louisiana Red Hot sauce to taste.

This chili is a great dish if you have a LOT of time. Note well the amount of time called for in each simmering step.


Difficulty: moderate.
Time: 4-5 hours.
Precision: approximate measurement OK.


Bob Devine 
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Recipe last modified: 5 Jun 86

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