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Texas Straw Hats

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This was a family favorite when I was growing up and became a must-have with my young sons. Zesty thick chili served over Fritos - This recipe will become a family favorite!!!

. Prep
20 min.
1 hrs
Ready In
1 1/2 hours
6 servings
Metric measurements


1cup onion chopped
2/3cup celery chopped
2/3cup sweet red bell pepper chopped, or yellow
2/3cup corn kernels fresh (Optional)
3tablespoons vegetable oil
2pounds ground beef
12ounces tomato paste 2 cans
1/2cup ketchup
2teaspoons worcestershire sauce
2cups water
1dash red hot pepper sauce (eg. Tabasco) *
2teaspoons chili powder up to 3 tsp (or more, to taste)
2teaspoons salt
1/2teaspoon black pepper
1/2teaspoon thyme *
1x cheddar cheese *
1x corn chips Frito’s*
* not incl. in nutrient facts


In large skillet, cook onion, celery, bell pepper and corn (if using) in oil til tender but not brown.

Add beef; brown lightly.

Add remaining ingredients except chips and cheese.

Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve over corn chips, top with grated cheese.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 397g (14.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 53553% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 1239mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 18%
Sugars g
Protein 81g
Vitamin A 39% Vitamin C 71%
Calcium 9% Iron 36%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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