Real Texas Chile Con Carne is truly a labor of love. It takes nearly an hour to put together initially, and then it cooks in the oven for another three. That said, it makes a big pot of food, so it’s great for large gatherings of family and/or friends. We have done this both as written and with ground beef and it is delicious either way. We have served it with cornbread, over baked potatoes and as the chili component in chili dogs, always to rave reviews. Since finding this recipe, we have never made chili any other way.