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Dallas County Jail Chili

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Yield: 6 servings
Heat Scale: Medium

Chili philosopher John Thorne comments: "Texas prison chili got its good
reputation from Sheriff Smoot Schmidt’s truly fine recipe for the Dallas
County Jail. Recently, however, a Texas prison chili contest was won by the
Huntsville Penitentiary with a godawful recipe that called for twice as much
cumin as chili powder and '2 handfuls' of monosodium glutamate. In Texas,
this is called "crime deterrence."

˝ pound beef suet, ground

2 pounds coarsely ground beef

3 garlic cloves, minced

1˝ tablespoons paprika

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon white pepper

1˝ teaspoons dried sweet (mild) chile pods (or paprika)

3 cups water

Fry the suet in a heavy kettle. Add the meat, garlic, and seasonings; cover.
Cook slowly for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the water and continue
cooking until the chili has thickened slightly, about 1 hour. Serve plain
or mixed with an equal portion of cooked pink or red beans.

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