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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Johnny Cash Chili Recipe

Johnny Cash Chili is a unique recipe straight from the Man in Black himself. Honor the memory of this great musician by cooking the chili that he once enjoyed. The instructions include personal notes from John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash's only child, with his own comments about how his father would cook this chili. Treat yourself to this delicious dish, and maybe listen to a few Johnny Cash records while you prepare it. The music will put you in the perfect mood to enjoy this classic recipe.


2 pounds ground venison or ground beef

1 pound venison steaks or sirloin

2 large sweet onions

3 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 (16-ounce) cans whole tomatoes

2 large green bell peppers

5 jalapeno peppers, diced, to taste

1 habanero pepper, to taste

2 packets McCormick mild chili seasoning

salt and black pepper

1/2 cup chili powder (New Mexico chili powder, if available)

1/3 cup cumin

1 tablespoon sage

1 1/2 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans

2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans

2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans

1 (15-ounce) can chili beans

1 (12-ounce) bottle beer

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup self-rising cornmeal, about a handful


Chop the steak into medium pieces. Finely chop the onion and garlic.

In a stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the steak in the oil in batches, draining off some of the fat if necessary. Remove from the heat and set aside. In a skillet, brown the ground meat over medium-high heat. Drain off the fat and set aside.

With the oil remaining in the pot, brown half the onions and garlic over medium heat until they are caramelized. Now add the well-drained ground beef and steak. Stir and heat it all up.

Add the tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers (if using), and the remainder of the onions and garlic. Heat to a brisk simmer, stirring often.

Now it's time for the spices. Dad would normally put in the McCormick chili packets, followed by the salt and black pepper, chili powder, cumin, sage, oregano, and cayenne pepper. This is the time to begin tasting your chili.

Once the taste is to your liking, drain the cans of beans and add to the mixture. Now taste again, as you will likely want to add some more spices because the beans mellow their flavor.

Once the chili tastes right, pour in the bottle of beer. Stir well. Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add sugar to taste, but be careful not to use too much. Chili becomes something else entirely if too sweet. Simmer, covered, for at least another 30 minutes, making sure to stir so it does not burn.

Now grab that handful of cornmeal, uncover the chili, and stir it in.


John Carter Cash says, "Follow the recipe exactly, and you will get a good pot of chili. Change it to suit your own taste, and you will have a marvelous pot of chili." Enjoy!

This Recipe Is Credited To Johnny Cash And his son John Carter Cash

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