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Braised Texas Red Chili

Braised Texas Red Chili

By Traeger Kitchen

A Tex-Mex take on slow-braised chili over Texas Beef blend pellets. Beef chuck is braised with chilis, topped with avocado, cheese, scallions and served with tortillas for some deep flavored spice in every bite.

Prep Time

30 Minutes

Cook Time

3 Hours




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Units of Measurement:
3 Whole New Mexican Chilis, whole
2 dried chile de arbol, stemmed and seeded
3 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 Can (7 oz) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
2 Quart chicken stock
4 Pound Beef, Chuck
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
As Needed Salt
As Needed Pepper
1 Large onion, diced
4 Clove garlic, minced
1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice
2 Teaspoon dried oregano
2 Tablespoon fish sauce
3 Tablespoon Masa
2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
To Taste hot sauce
As Needed kosher salt
As Needed cilantro, finely chopped
onion, chopped
As Needed scallions, chopped
As Needed cheese, grated
As Needed avocados
As Needed corn or flour tortillas


  • 1

    Add dried chilis to a large Dutch oven and cook on the stovetop over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until slightly darkened.

    • 3 Whole New Mexican Chilis, whole

    • 2  dried chile de arbol, stemmed and seeded

    • 3  dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded

    • 2 Can (7 oz) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced

  • 2

    Remove chilis and place in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Add half of the chicken stock to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 5 minutes.

    • 2 Quart chicken stock

  • 3

    Remove from microwave and transfer chilis and liquid to blender. Blend until smooth.

  • 4

    Season chuck steaks generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in the base of Dutch oven over high heat.

    • 4 Pound Beef, Chuck

    • 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

    • As Needed Salt

    • As Needed Pepper

  • 5

    Add chuck steaks in a single layer, doing in 2 batches if needed. Cook without moving until deeply browned. Flip steaks and brown second side.

  • 6

    Transfer steaks to a cutting board and cut seared steaks into 1-inch chunks.

  • 7

    Keeping the heat on high, add onions to Dutch oven and cook, stirring frequently until translucent.

    • 1 Large onion, diced

  • 8

    Add garlic, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, and oregano, and cook, stirring until fragrant.

    • 4 Clove garlic, minced

    • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

    • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

    • 1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice

    • 2 Teaspoon dried oregano

  • 9

    Add all meat back into the pan along with chili puree and remaining quart of chicken stock. Stir to combine.

  • 10

    When ready to cook, set the grill temperature to 250℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    15 ˚F / -9 ˚C

  • 11

    Place Dutch oven in preheated grill with the lid of Dutch oven slightly off the side. Braise for 3 hours or until meat is very tender.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

  • 12

    Remove from grill, stir in fish sauce, masa and apple cider vinegar. Add hot sauce and salt, to taste.

    • 2 Tablespoon fish sauce

    • 3 Tablespoon Masa

    • 2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

    • To Taste hot sauce

    • As Needed kosher salt

  • 13

    To serve, garnish with cilantro, chopped onions, scallions, grated cheese, avocado, and warm tortillas on side. Enjoy!

    • As Needed cilantro, finely chopped

    •  onion, chopped

    • As Needed scallions, chopped

    • As Needed cheese, grated

    • As Needed avocados

    • As Needed corn or flour tortillas

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