Lady Bird Johnson's Pedernales River Chili

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Lyndon Baines Johnson liked his chili very hot and with no beans. Lady Bird Johnson's original recipe also contained suet but this was later omitted after LBJ's heart attack.

This is the healthier version of the famous chili con carne.

Lady Bird Johnson's Pedernales River Chili
Servings:10 to 14
Calories per serving:715
Ready in:2 hours 20 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:2 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:31st October 2012

Best recipe review



Nothing special, just hot, not tasty



Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

to garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven
  2. Add the garlic and stir-fry for a minute or so
  3. Add the onions and the meat and sauté until the meat and the onions are cooked
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for 1 hour
  5. Skim any fat from the surface
  6. Sprinkle with grated cheese and garnish with chopped spring onions


Serve it as he liked it, with saltine crackers and a glass of milk. Bath Olivers dry water biscuits are a good equivalent for those on this side of the pond.

Chef's notes

You can skim the fat LBJ's way. Allow to cool naturally, refrigerate and remove the fat when cold.

Reheat to serve.

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