Pedernales River Chili
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Pedernales River Chili
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:28:43 AM. Recipe ID 64201. Report a problem with this recipe.
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Pedernales River Chili

Pedernales River Chili was American President Lyndon Johnson's favorite chili con carne 
recipe. It was named after the location of his Texas Hill Country ranch. The recipe 
calls for leaving out the traditional beef suet (on doctor's orders after his heart 
attack while he was U.S. Senate Majority Leader) and also adds tomatoes and onions. LBJ 
preferred venison, when available, over beef; Hill Country deer were thought to be 
leaner than most. First Lady Lady Bird Johnson had it printed up on cards as a mail-out 
because of the many thousands of requests the White House received for the recipe.


    * 4 lbs (1.8 kg) course ground meat, venison prefered
    * 1 large onion, chopped
    * 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    * 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferable to fresh oregano, which grows wild in 
central Texas)
    * 1 teaspoon powdered cumin
    * 6 teaspoons chili powder (or more, to taste)
    * 2 cans (16-oz./500g) whole tomatoes
    * salt to taste
    * 2 cups (470 mL) hot water


   1. Brown meat, onion, and garlic in a large skillet.
   2. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 
about an hour.
   3. Skim off grease. Serves 10-12.

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Recipe ID 64201 (Nov 18, 2007)

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