Mountain Man Chili

“HOT. Too hot for me. Will eat your insides out if you aren’t use to hot, but definitely enjoyed by those who love spicy.” – Calla Ferre

“I’ve heard the crazy stories about how hot this chili is, so personally I left out the Tabasco and Cayenne. But you can adjust the heat to your own preference.” – April Ferre

“Beau Jacques of La Canada offers his favorite chili.” (Magazine Clipping)

Mountain Man Chili

Course: Chili


  • 1 1/2 Pound Beef Flank Steak
  • 1 1/2 Pound Pork Shoulder
  • 4 Large Celery Stalks Chopped
  • 1 Large Onion Chopped
  • 1 Large Tomato Chopped
  • 1 8-Ounce Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 7-Ounce Can Green Chili Salsa
  • 1 7 3/4-Ounce Can Hot Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 12-Ounce Can Beer
  • 1 Cup Masa Harina Flour


  • Debone pork and cut fat off of both pork and beef. In Dutch oven render fat; remove dried chucks.
  • Cut pork and beef into fingertip chunks; brown in rendered fat.
  • Put all remaining ingredients except beer and flour into saucepan and cook 20 minutes while meat simmers.
  • Add cooked ingredients from saucepan into Dutch oven. Add beer and cover. Simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring as little as possible.
  • Combine flour with water for a watery paste. Add to pot and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Serves 6.

1989 Recipe – Jean Hansen