2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 can (10 ounces) of diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can (8 ounces) of tomato sauce
1 and 1/2 cups beer (brewed in Texas preferred)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoon cornmeal or masa harina
Salt to taste
Set a large dutch oven over high heat. Add half the olive oil and brown the ground beef. Work in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan and stewing the beef in it’s own juices.
Remove the beef and set aside to drain. Add the remaining oil and onion, and cook until nicely browned.
Add back in beef, along with garlic, chili powder, cayenne, cumin and salt. Stir to combine.
Add in the beer, diced tomatoes and green chilies, and tomato sauce, then bring to a low simmer. Cover with a lid and allow to bubble and simmer so sauce reduces and thickens, and the flavors intensify, about 1 hour.
After an hour, stir through the cornmeal which will help to thicken the sauce. If sauce starts to get too thick, add a little water, and if it’s not yet thick enough, continue to simmer until desired consistency is reached.