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Chili Is The Official State Dish of Texas!
Chili is the Official State Dish of Texas. The Texas Legislature recognized it as such in 1977, by House Concurrent Resolution No. 18, 65th Legislature. StateSymbolsUSA.org has the entire Concurrent Resolution in a post which you can read here.
There is quite some debate over various types of chilis and I'm not going to get into that here. However, one characteristic that pretty much everyone agrees on is that Texas Chili does not include beans. I would imagine that most everyone also agrees that it is very DELICIOUS!
CASI and Terlingua
Terlingua is a dusty old town in far West Texas. It has a wild beauty about it, as you can see here. It is considered a proper Ghost Town, and is a popular place to visit when in the Big Bend region of Texas.
Terlingua is also home to the World Famous Annual CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship! The annual chili cookoff started in 1967 and has been going for 54 years! It is held on the first Saturday of November each year, and will be held Nov 3- Nov 6 of 2021.
CASI is an acronym for Chili Appreciation Society International.
It's basically a 4 day celebration of food (not just chili) including salsa (both traditional and non-traditional), beans, and buffalo hot wings. The 4th day culminates with the Terlingua International Chili Championship. I haven't yet been, but I want to attend one day!
CASI Terlingua Championship Chili Recipe Seasoning
Here at ExploreCookEat.com, I am so excited to share my favorite recipes and foods and this is one of them.
CASI and Terlingua know good chili! Therefore, when I found this CASI Terlingua Championship Chili Recipe Seasoning I was super excited to try it!
The seasoning is good for 2 lbs of meat! All you will need to make some delicious Texas chili with this seasoning is:
- 2 lbs beef
- Tomato paste
- Chicken broth
- Serrano peppers (optional but recommended!)
- Toppings of your choice! I used sliced jalapenos, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro!
Quick Recipe OR The Championship Experience
The packet instructions outline 2 different methods to cook this amazing chili: 30 Minute Quick Recipe and The Championship Experience. I opted for The Championship Experience (of course!), which takes a little longer and have not tried the 30 Minute Quick Version. The recipe you will find below is based on The Championship Experience recipe. Slightly altered to make it a bit easier, and absolutely DELICIOUS!
The hardest part of going with The Championship Experience option is the waiting! This option takes about 1.5 hrs but I promise you IT IS WORTH THE WAIT!
Are You Ready To Make Some Amazing Texas Chili?
This chili is rich with amazing flavor! Beefy and spicy (due to the addition of the serranos) it truly is a gem of a chili! Using this premixed chili seasoning by CASI Terlingua Championship Chili Recipe also makes your life so easy.
If you are able to shop at H-E-B Supermarket, you may be able to find this seasoning mix there. Otherwise, Amazon does sell it (albeit in packs of 3), however, you'll be glad you have 3 packets on hand because you'll want to make this anytime you have chili cravings!! Click here to purchase on Amazon.
I really do hope you will give this a try! If you do please take a moment to comment below!
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DELICIOUS Texas Chili Made Easy Using CASI Terlingua TX Chili Recipe Mix!
- Large skillet with cover
- 1 packet CASI Terlingua Championship Chili Recipe Seasoning
- 2 lbs beef either ground, chili grind, or cubed (I used ground beef)
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 serrano peppers diced (optional but I used more than 2 because I love hot and spicy chili!)
- jalapenos sliced
- sour cream
- Brown the ground beef and then drain the fat.
- Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, serrano peppers, and the seasoning mix. Bring to the boil, and then lower to a simmer.
- Simmer covered for around 1 hr and 15 minutes.
- If the sauce is too think for your liking you can remove the cover and turn up the heat a bit to cook it down. However, I found it was nice and rich and thick after the 1:15 min simmer!