Historic Chili, With Original Recipe
The first "chili" recipes appeared in West Texas at the turn of the century. They may have had their origin from old Mexican recipes, but since most cowboys couldn't read...or for that matter, cook very good, chili most probably got it's start due to the availability of spices and other ingredients available in the area. A lot of ingredients available to us now were just not available then. Most chili consisted of beef, cumin, pepper, sugar, paprika, garlic, and masa to thicken. Tomatoes were seasonal and usually not available. Chili powder was not manufactured at the time...They used dried chili's (spanish for peppers)...most West Texas cowboys were Mexican. Most of the original chili did not have beans due to the time required to soak and cook them...chuck wagons did not appear until later in history and even then, on most ranches, the cowboy was on his own and didn't have time to watch beans all day. Notice that there are no tomatoes or beans.