How about a recipe for a hearty pot of western chili, a staple of the old west and the culinary quest of many modern day cook-offs? Western Chili dates back to the cattle drives of the old west, where chuckwagon food was comprised of lots of beef and beans, along with biscuits and coffee.
A bit of trivia: Who invented the chuckwagon—the cowboy's portable kitchen used on the cattle trails?
Charles Goodnight in 1866.
Goodnight, a former Texas Ranger, owned the first cattle ranch in the Texas Panhandle and became involved with Oliver Loving in the herding of cattle north to the railroads. To feed the cowboys on the cattle drive, Goodnight outfitted an army wagon with a cupboard that had compartments for cook pans and utensils and a fold-down door to use as a work table.