"Zesty Texas Style Chili"
Original "Old Southwest Mexican Chile Recipes"...mouthwatering
family dishes that have been handed down over the years. The secrets of true Southwest Mexican flavors
originated in the areas of Southwest Texas and Southern New Mexico...with some influence from Northern
Authentic Mexican flavors are balanced with the pungetnt tastes of
chilies and spices that bring out their character...creating a bold cuisine. These tantalizing dishes are
simple and easy for the casual cook...learn to make sensational award winning Texas chile
Mexican food from this border region comes in many varieties and
can be imitated, but nothing can compare to original authentic "Old Southwest Mexican Chile
Chile is defined as a hot or sweet pepper (natural
vegetable)...Chili is a sauce of chiles, chili powder and meat. (chili con carne or chili
explorer Christopher Columbus found the West Indians growing chile in the
late 1400's.Spices were of immense commercial value in Spain and this pungent
chile was an important find for Columbus King Ferdinand of Spain had
financed these explorations of the "New World" in order to find new riches.
Don Juan de Onate
entered into Texas and New Mexico from Old Mexico in 1598.The Mexican explorer
from the "New Spain" was commissioned by King Phillip II of Spain to settle New Mexico and Southwest
His mission was to
build missions and spread religion to the native Indians in the region. Don Juan de Onate introduced new farming
techniques that were well laced with the production of chile, which had been already introduced into the history of
this region by the Spaniards.
In 1850 a Texas oil man and lover of chili, found what is thought
to be one of the "original chili mixtures".
Texas oil fields
and cattle drives by cowboys created an appeal for a good food staple for these hard travel
times.There was a demand for good "hot grub", so trail cooks came up with a
sort of chili stew.
They pounded dried
beef, fat, pepper, salt and chile peppers together, to form "chili bricks" that could be boiled in pots along the
It is said that
some cooks planted chile pepper seeds, oregano and onions along the trails so that they would have a fresh supply
as they traveled from Texas to Kansas railroad destinations during the many cattle
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