What Is the Recipe for Carroll Shelby’s Chili Mix?

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Carroll Shelby’s chili can be made using beef round steaks and ground chuck steaks, beer and Monterrey Jack cheese. Cooked for 3 hours, the flavors marry together, creating a rich chili.

Carroll Shelby’s Chili

This recipe requires quite a few ingredients, but the steps are simple enough to follow than even novice cooks will find it easy to make. It yields 4 to 6 servings.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 3 hours

Ready in: 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup cooking oil or 1/4 pound suet
  • 1 pound beef round steak ground into a coarse chili grind
  • 1 pound beef chuck steak ground into a coarse chili grind
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese
  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Crumble the ground meat into the pot, breaking up any large clumps. Cook until evenly browned.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, beer, garlic, onion, 1 teaspoon cumin, oregano and paprika. Stir to evenly combine and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Turn down the heat and allow the mixture to cook at a simmer for 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour, taste and add seasonings as desired. Add the cayenne pepper and simmer for 1 more hour, uncovered.
  6. Stir in the cheese and the remaining cumin. Simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent the cheese from burning. Serve the chili hot, with bread, if desired.