Chili Con Carne
Why This Recipe Works
For the best beanless Texas-style chili recipe, start with big chunks of chuck roast. We found that toasting and grinding fresh chiles gave us the best flavor. Flavor was also improved by adding bacon, which lent our chili recipe sweetness and smokiness. Thickening with masa harina or cornstarch helped, too, making for a smoother, softer, and more appealing sauce.