Lady Bird Johnson’s Pedernales River Chili Recipe

by Hot Juan on May 15, 2010 · 1 comment

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“Lady Bird Johnson” in the title of this chilli refers to the wife of the Lyndon B Johnsom (LJB) who was US president between 1963 – 1969.

1.8Kg Coarsely ground beef (4Lb)
1 –  Large onion, chopped
2 – Cloves garlic, chopped
1 – Teaspoon oregano
1 – Teaspoon ground cumin
6 – Teaspoons red chile powder (or more for heat)
900g  – Tinnedtomatoes (1 X 16 ounce can)
480ml  – Hot water (2 cups)
Salt to taste
Grated cheddar cheese and sliced spring onions (green onions) for garnish

Lady Bird Johnson Pedernales River Chili (Norman Johnson)

Lady Bird Johnson Pedernales River Chili (Norman Johnson)

This recipe originally contained beef suet, but that ingredient was omitted after LJB’s severe heart attack when he was Senate majority leader. Remember to skim the fat off the chilli.

Combine the beef, onion, and garlic in a large frying pan (skillet) and sear until the meat is lightly browned.

Transfer this mixture to a large pot, add the remaining ingredients, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour.

When done, transfer the chilli to a bowl and place it in the refrigerator. When the fat has congealed on top, remove it with a spoon.

Reheat the chilli and serve it as LBJ liked it – without beans and accompanied with a glass of milk and saltine crackers. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese and sliced green onions.

This recipe comes from “The Complete Chilli Pepper Book” By Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland, we have converted the quantities in the metric, the original imperial measures and in the brackets.

The photograph is also from the same book and in is credited to Norman Johnson.

Note:- We selected this recipe from the book as it contains no hard to find ingredients and was very simple to try at home.
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avatar ronel.marin2002 October 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm

i really love hot foods even my family love it also,ill told my mother to try to cook this..thanks



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