July 16, 2008

Walker's Austex Chile Co.

While packing for a trip last week, I ran across this little gem in the flat pocket of my suitcase. According to the accompanying receipt, it had evidently been there for several years. Too bad there weren't any forgotten hundred-dollar bills instead--they certainly would've come in handy.

Rare Recipes (undated, 16 pages) is a tiny pamphlet that was published by Walker's Austex Chile Co. of Austin, Texas. It looks like it might have been published sometime in the 1930s. I love the colors and the illustrations!

Here are a couple of interesting recipes from the booklet. The Table of Contents lists these and several other recipes.


Four tomatoes, three green sweet peppers, one onion, four slices bacon, one-half cup vinegar, one teaspoon Red Devil MEXENE Chile Powder.

Dice vegetables and mix; cook bacon crisp in frying pan, stir in MEXENE Chile Powder, add vinegar and when it boils up, pour over diced vegetables. Serve on lettuce.


1/4 teaspoon Red Devil MEXENE Chile Powder
2 tablespoonfuls butter

Cream the butter until it is smooth and easy to spread. Then add the Chile Powder and blend thoroughly. Spread the crackers with the chile butter and crisp either in a hot oven of 400 degrees F., or under a low broiler, heat until golden brown. Enough for six saltines.

This MEXENE Sandwich Butter makes a delicious spread for cold roast sandwiches.

Mexene Chili Powder is now distributed by Bruce Foods. They have a free Chili Dog Recipe Booklet that you can download in PDF format.

The Austex brand canned Chili and Tamales are now owned by Castleberry's.


At 9:23 PM CDT, Blogger T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I remember a cover from Gourmet Magazine a couple of years ago that was one bright, glossy red chile - the color never fails to catch the eye.

At 7:12 AM CDT, Blogger ~~Louise~~ said...

Hi Kathy,

What a great booklet! The recipes look pretty good too. Thanks for sharing.

At 10:50 AM CST, Blogger Texas Chef said...

I am enjoying your blog. I have a blog selling seasonings. My chili mix is a copy of Mexene with some additions.


At 5:25 PM CST, Blogger Texas Chef said...

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