Pedernales River Chili Unverified!

The paper claims a lineage from Lady Bird Johnson and is allegedly verifiable on the LBJ online library ( > research > reference > quick facts > recipes). Chili meat is defined for us here as "coursley gorund round steak or a well-rimmed chuck". According to the article, Lady Bird came up with this after LBJ had his first heart attack. Surprisingly he continued to live through this much sodium. Ole!


  • 4 lb chili meat
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin (comino)
  • 6 tsp chili powder, additional to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups channed whole tomatoes
  • 2-6 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 cups hot water
  • salt, to taste


Brown meat and cook onion and garlic until translucent in a large heavy pan or Dutch Oven. Add oregano, ground cumin, tomatoes, hot pepper sauce, salt and hot water and bring mixture to a boil before simmering one hour. Skim off fat during cooking.