Texas is quite famous for its chili. Annual chili cook offs happen in most cities and the ingredients keep getting hotter and hotter with every passing year. Chili which is traditionally a mix of beans, tomato sauce and meat is somewhat different then the Texas variation which is simply tomato sauce, meat and peppers. Do not be discouraged though it is quite good and very spicy.
Sweetwater’s special chili is a simple mix of fried steak that has been tossed in a pot with tomato sauce, ground and chunky habanero peppers and then left to simmer for hours on end. The end result is a rich, luscious chili that can at times be to spicy to eat. For Texans however, that is all part of the charm. The dish is usually served with crackers which are used to dip the chili up.
For out of towners wanting to try this recipe you can go to several of the local restaurants such as Chili’s Bar and Grill, El Taurino Inn, Big Boys BBQ or Skeets. However the best time to try the chili would be at a Sweetwater Festival.
The Rattlesnake Roundup is held twice a year, in May and August and is one of the largest Rattlesnake Roundups in the world. It also claims a large chili cook off and most of the cooks are willing to let you buy or try their chili.
Motorcycle Rally. The dates to this festival usually vary between late April to early May but it is well worth a visit. The festival is a combination of a motorcycle show and a chili cook off and here the chili is HOT!
If you cannot make any of these you may want to try contacting the Lonestar BBQ Society and they will probably be more than pleased to hook you up with a few bowls of authentic, spicy habanero chili.
Habanero Chili Recipe
2 lbs beef steaks
5 habanero peppers
3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
5 tablespoons salt
3 teaspoons flour
Wash your tomatoes and drop them into a pan. Fill till they are covered with water. They will float so check this by pushing them to the bottom. When they are covered add another inch of water, cover and boil.
While your tomatoes are cooking cut your beef into cubes. Around half an inch square is optimal but they can be bigger or smaller depending on your cutting skills and taste.
Boil the tomatoes for 10 to 15 minutes. You will want them to be very soft. Fish them out of the water with a large spoon and place in a small bowl to cool.
Chop two of your peppers into quarter inch squares. Be sure to save the seeds. Grind or grate your remaining three peppers into a bowl.
Peel your tomatoes. This should be very easy and the tomatoes should be quite loose inside the bowl. Get out a large saucepan and place the tomatoes inside. Mash with a spoon and add all of the peppers.
Put the heat on low and stir in the flour, salt and cayenne pepper. Make sure it is well stirred.
Cover pot and simmer for 2-4 hours. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking.
Habanero Chili: Sweetwater Tx