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Romana's Spanish-American Cookery Chili (1929)

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Category: Chili

 Ingredients List

  • 2 lb Lean beef
  • 1/4 lb Beef fat
  • 12 lg Red chile peppers; OR to
  • -taste
  • 2 tb Chile powder
  • 1 tb Paprika
  • 2 Pods garlic
  • 2 ts Chopped oregano
  • 1/2 c Olive oil
  • 1 c Minced onion
  • Beef stock; as needed
  • Salt and pepper; to taste


This California-based cookbook, edited and "modernized" in 1929 by Pauline
Wile-Kleeman, has three chili recipes. The one labeled "Texas style"
contains onions, beans and tomatoes, plus a whole cup of extra fat, half
suet and half lard! The "California" version is also made with beans, but
without tomatoes or onions. The first, and best recipe has none of these

Chile con Carne without Beans

Remove the seeds and veins from the chile peppers, place in sufficient hot
water to cover, bring to boiling point, and cool in the water, drain and
remove the pulp with a spoon. Cut the meat and suet in 3/4 inch cubes, heat
the oil and fry the meat and suet to a light brown, then add onions and
garlic and continue to cook, stirring continuously; before the onions start
to brown add chile pulp, paprika, stir a few minutes, then add oregano,
salt and pepper and sufficient stock to finish cooking till the meat is
tender. Serve with beans or Spanish rice.

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