A Western party isn’t all Texas Two Stepping and cowboy hats, it’s also great food! A big Texan feast will delight the guests at your party, so here are some great menu ideas.
Everyone thinks of steaks and ribs when they head to a Western party and they aren’t mistaken. You can certainly set up the grill and get some tasty pieces of meat on it. However, the fixin’s should also be included, like pork ‘n beans, grits and cornbread. These are easy items to make and they’ll really round out your feast. A good chili recipe will have your guests knowing no bounds when it comes to salivating flavors.
Western Doggone Chili
You’ll need the following for this Western party favorite dish: 3 lbs beef chuck, 2 small onions, 3 roasted and dried chili peppers, 1 tablespoon oregano in a half cup of chili water, 7 cloves of garlic, 4 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon sugar, 2 cups beef stock, 1 6 ounce can of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, black pepper and salt to taste.
Remove the seeds from the dried peppers. Place in sauce pan, cover with water and boil for 40 minutes to rehydrate. Mash the re-hydrated chilies through a sieve to remove the skin, which is really bitter. Take half cup of the chili water from boiling and place oregano in it, heat so that the oregano brews in the water. Strain the oregano from the brewed chili water and set it aside.
Brown the ground chuck with chopped onions and black pepper. Add meat and onions to chili pot. Crush garlic and heat briefly before adding it to chili pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the chili pot and stir well. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Serve up with cornbread, sour cream, hot sauce and cheese.
The Doggone Chili recipe is definitely a bit spicy so be prepared with cold lemonade when you serve it up at your Western party. The guests will definitely gobble it up.