Chili Con Carne

Hey Hey there friends! I’m soooo excited to share today’s blog with you!!

Do you remember a few months ago when I was raving about San Antonio? (If not, you can check out my San Antonio posts here, here, and here.) Well, I’m about to tell you a little story about my time here.

That yellow umbrella is where I sat! Only it was packed and it was at night and I got serenaded by a mariachi band. HAHAHAHA
One night, Trevor made plans to go out with some guys from the conference he was attending, so I set off on my own. I knew I didn’t want to stray too far from the Riverwalk, because I was safe there. I was drawn to the colorful umbrellas of Casa Rio. So I wandered over and got a table right on the river. (OH MY GOD you guys. They gave me a table for 6 and I was all alone!)

I ordered a margarita (it was just okay) as I looked over the menu. Usually, Trev and I order different things so we can try each other’s food. But since I was alone, I decided to get a plate that had a little bit of everything on it. I noticed people getting big bowls of something but didn’t pay much attention to them.

They brought out my food and something smelled incredible! I checked out my plate and was slightly disturbed by the pile of brown goop that looked like poop in one corner. It didn’t take long for me to realize this was what everyone around me was ordering by the bowl full, and the thing on my plate that smelled so dang good. So I tried it. And I instantly regretted not ordering 3 bowls on the spot.

That night my friends, was the night I fell in love with Chili Con Carne.

I came home straight up raving about it. And my dad was super jealous he had’t gotten to try it. So he started doing some searching. About 15 pages deep on Google, he found a link to a recipe claiming to be the exact recipe Casa Rio uses.  So he made it. And y’all. IT TASTED EXACTLY THE SAME!!!

The recipe I’m about to share with you has officially become one of Trev and I’s favorite winter recipes. It’s perfect on chilly nights when we want something warm and yummy. I wish I could link the original recipe my dad found for you, but I can’t find it anywhere. He adapted it slightly, so this is his version. And it’s perfect let me tell you!

This recipe is for one batch. However, we always double it because one batch is never enough!!


What You’ll Need…
2 pounds Beef Stew Meat
1 pound Pork Stew Meat
1 Jalapeno minced
6 cloves of Garlic
1 tablespoon Ground Comino
1 tablespoon Salt
5 tablespoons Chili Pepper
6 Ancho Chili Pods
1/2 Cup Masa Flour
Black Pepper to Taste
Your favorite chili toppings


  1. Begin with your ancho chili pods. Remove the stems and seeds and place in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and steep for one hour.
  2. While the chilis steep, lightly brown your beef and pork in a large stock pot. (I would start this about 45 minutes into the chilis steeping!)
  3. Once brown, add minced garlic.
  4. Add enough water to cover your meat by an inch (or a little more) and bring to a simmer.
  5. While meat is simmering, remove softened ancho chili peppers and puree.
  6. Add the newly pureed chilis, jalapeno, comino and salt to the meat. Simmer for about an hour. (Meat should be almost tender.)
  7. Add chili powder and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Combine masa and water to make a paste. Add to the chili and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  9. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite chili toppings. I like cheese and a Dollop of Daisy on mine!

And just like that, you’re done! Is it a bit time consuming? Yes. But there is no food more worthy of your time than chili con carne!


As you can probably tell from the ingredients list… this can be pretty spicy for some people. I personally don’t find it spicy, but my mom wouldn’t go near it with a ten foot pole! Just know what you’re getting yourself into and that this chili isn’t for the faint of heart. HAHA

Now what are you waiting for? It’s the most perfect dinner to make tomorrow in honor of Cinco de Mayo! And it goes great with tequila 😉

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’m not really sure where our weekend will take us. There are a lot of up in the air plans at the moment and nothing is quite set in stone. However, I do know that tomorrow will include tequila.

Have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe if your heading to a fiesta or four today!


8 thoughts on “Chili Con Carne

  1. I am SO excited to try this. I lived in San Antonio and Casa Rio was my absolute favorite. I would get cheese enchiladas with their chili con carne and a guacamole salad. I have mastered the enchiladas but was just thinking about the wonderful chili they had. 😍😍😍


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