Alternative:Pedernales River Chili

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Pedernales River Chili was American President Lyndon Johnson's favorite chili con carne recipe. It was named after the location of his Texas Hill Country ranch. The recipe calls for leaving out the traditional beef suet (on doctor's orders after his heart attack while he was U.S. Senate Majority Leader) and also adds tomatoes and onions. LBJ preferred venison, when available, over beef; Hill Country deer were thought to be leaner than most. First Lady Lady Bird Johnson had it printed up on cards as a mail-out because of the many thousands of requests the White House received for the recipe. The recipe is originally from Zephyr Wright, the Johnson's family cook.



  1. Brown meat, onion, and garlic in a large skillet.
  2. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour.
  3. Skim off grease. Serves 10-12.