"This recipe dates back to 1946. It has the right combination of water, flour, broth, and spices to create a thick, tomatoless chili con carne." — LesFilling
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1 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/3 cups
finely grated carrot
dried minced onion
This recipe needs some background. This is the recipe for the chili to Original Tommy's Hamburgers, located in the Los Angeles area. It has a number of devotees. Thus this chili belongs on your hamburger, hot dog, or french fries, not eaten alone. I am not affiliated with him, but he should get the credit for a job well done. It tastes just like the real thing, and we enjoy it immensely.
So where do I start.... First off, I do believe the Tommy's Recipe is worth making; but not to be eaten, rather to be used as a base for other chili. With that said, The two star rating is for the outcome of the original recipe. To call the final product a paste is quite generous. I would classify it more like a chili cake. This recipe contains way too much flour and the cooking process doesn't account for all of the flour in the recipe. The final product was dense, and almost inedible.
HOWEVER, I took advantage of the density and the thickening capability of this "chili cake" and used it as a flavor and thickening base for another chili. If interested, continue reading and take a look at the recipe I made using the Tommy's Recipe as a base.
1. 1 small onion, 2 TBS Olive Oil, 3 Cloves of fresh garlic...pureed in blender or small chopper.
2. In large pot over medium heat, saute puree for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add 2 TBS Chili Powder, 2 tsp paprika, and one large beef bouillon cube; saute until bouillon is dissolved. (make sure to stir as to not burn the spices)
4. Add 12oz of very lean ground beef to the pot and saute just until brown.
5. Add 1 TBS of tomato paste, 2 cups of the "Tommy's Chili" and 1 cup of water to the mix.
6. Whisk mixture until well combined and let simmer for 20 minutes.
NOW you have an excellent, thick, dense chili capable of using for hot dogs, burgers, or just eating straight.
Thanks to JasonN for helping "salvage" the Original Tommy's recipe. By using your variation, the chili turned out to be delicious!
Tommy's Chili Recipe. I really love Tommy Burgers and being 2000 miles away from Cali now I really miss them. 3 Years ago I ordered 1 gallon of chili from Tommy's and had it shipped. I parted out all the chili and froze it. I just made this recipe exactly as the directions said and I've got to say although it's a good chili it's definitely not Tommy's Chili.
a floury paste
I think the point of the recipe was tomato-less chili. Not everyone can have tomatoes due to allergies. Thanks for the input on changing things around. Do you have an appropriate substitute for tomatoes?
The recipie was not bad, but PLEASE do not use 2 teaspoons of salt! I think my hearts gonna explode! I'm still trying to water it down.
You Have to and I stress 'Have' to use ground beef with fat. Lean ground beef will not give you enough fat for the rue that is needed. The Recipes tells you stir flour and drippings until golden brown. That is a must to create the flavor base or else you will end up with a floury paste. Brown the hec out of it without burning it and it will taste like Tommy's chili intended for a topping on dogs and fries. As the other reviewer states it is not a chili to be eaten alone. Top that dog with it and a pile of onions, cheese and jalapenos and enjoy.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 90
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