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Daddy’s Chili and Nanny’s Cornbread with Lou Ann in Hunt, TX

The Texicureans team had an exciting day in the kitchen with Lou Ann Smith and her family. We explored some of her favorite family recipes, including her dad’s chili and her nanny’s cornbread, and talked Texas traditions in her beautiful kitchen in the family home in the Texas Hill Country near Hunt, Texas.

Lou Ann and her husband are avid gardeners and raise chickens and goats on their rural acreage, and the family’s love of food has inspired the next generation likewise.

Click the YouTube window below to watch the video and scroll down for both the chili and cornbread recipes!

Lou Ann's Daddy's Chili

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs. lean chuck roast, cut into chili-size pieces (ask your butcher to do it so you can select the chuck roast)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5/8 cup chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2.5 cups water


  • In a large pot, brown the chili meat. When no longer pink, add onion and continue cooking until slightly browned. 
  • Stir in the cumin, pepper, salt and chili powder. Cook until spices are fragrant. 
  • Add the garlic, tomato paste and water and cover. 
  • Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until meat is tender.


This is really best the next day.

Lou Ann's Nanny's Cornbread

Lou Ann Smith's Nanny's Recipe, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, 1941 edition
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup coarse ground cornmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar (optional, depending on your taste)
  • 2 well-beaten eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (original recipe used shortening)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Put cast iron skillet into oven to heat for about 15 minutes before beginning the recipe.
  • Stir dry ingredients together in large bowl. 
  • Separately, combine eggs, milk and melted butter or shortening. Add to dry mixture and stir just until moistened.
  • Remove skillet from oven and pour cornbread batter into skillet. Return to oven and bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until golden brown and beginning to pull away from the sides of the skillet.