Texas Chili Queens Is Providing Austin With An Endless Amount Of Chili Options

Texas

As we get deeper into fall and the weather gets cooler and cooler, the glorious food that is chili becomes more and more popular. With that said, if you are a fan of chili or live in Texas (or both), then it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is — chili is always in season.

FoodTruckr had the pleasure of speaking with Edward Hambleton of Texas Chili Queens. Texas Chili Queens is located in Austin, Texas and it’s providing Austin with many different variations of chili. Year-round, might we add. To get a better sense of what Texas Chili Queens is about, it’s important to learn Hambleton’s background and how Texas Chili Queens got its start.

“I had been living in New York City working as a teacher for a while and I moved back to Texas,” Hambleton said. “I was born in Austin and raised in Dallas… I was rediscovering the glory of Texas cuisine, and I remembered the Frito pie… We had a big work event where I organized a Frito pie kind of Thanksgiving at work…”

In terms of Hambleton’s contributions for this Thanksgiving feast, he brought a huge pot of chili. In college, he was a personal assistant to a chef.

“I was researching a chili recipe. I came across the history of Chili Queens. They were women in the late 19th century and early 20th century based primarily out of San Antonio who would make chili all day in huge pots and then sell it all night in the main Military Plaza in downtown San Antonio. So I was kind of struck by their story and history, and their entrepreneurial spirit.”

Sign up to receive the FoodTruckr Newsletter and we’ll throw in our free guide: 6 Free Social Media Tools to Get People Talking About Your Food Truck.Texas

Hambleton figured this concept would really fit into the food truck scene, and he was correct in that thinking, especially in Texas.

“Chili is a perennial favorite here in Texas.”

Now, let’s get down to Texas Chili Queens’ menu and the No. 1 food item they serve.

“The thing that we sell the most of is our classic chili. We call it the San Antonio. It’s our San Antonio Frito pie. It’s beef and pork simmered with our chili puree and our seasoning. And then we just give a heaping ladle over some nice crunchy Fritos, and top it off with cheese, onions, jalapeños. If the season is right, sour cream, and then people have at it and it’s delicious.”

“We have five different ways to get your chili served. We have a really spicy version called the El Paso with beef and tomatoes… and that pairs nicely with our cornbread.”

Hambleton also mentioned the chili cheese fries as one of the most popular items on the menu. Not only are these fries packed with flavor, but customers also have plenty of options. Customers can have one of the five different chili options that Texas Chili Queens has to offer dumped on their fries.

You May Also Like...  Why Prospective Mobile Kitchen Owners Should Bring Financing Into The Mix

One of the popular chili fries combos that Hambleton mentioned was the vegan chili, which he referred to as the Austin chili. He mentioned as long as people don’t get any cheese or sour cream added on, it’s a nice vegan option.

Since it is fall, we asked Hambleton if he brought a different menu to the mix.

“Not really, it’s pretty much the same menu year-round. We have our five chilis served five different ways.”

As Hambleton pointed out, there’s five types of chili and five different ways they can be served, making that 25 choices. Remember, that’s just for the main dishes alone.

TexasEvery food truck owner has a go-to menu item that they have customers try out. However, Hambleton’s suggestion for this go-to item depends on the person.

“It depends on where they’re from. If they are from Texas, then they know chili… I would recommend they get our Houston chili. It’s our white chili. It’s pork and turkey with green chiles and white beans. I would recommend that over the cornbread, or our white trash brown rice.”

According to Hambleton, the white trash brown rice is white rice made with French onion soup.

“It’s a little less healthy and a lot more flavorful.”

RELATED: Gypsy Express’ Unique Background Is Why The Food Truck Industry Is So Great. To get a sense of Gypsy Express’ uniqueness and what they bring to the food truck industry, make sure to check out this article.

Hambleton recommends the Houston chili for Texas crowds because it’s something different. However, if someone is not from Texas, Hambleton recommends the San Antonio Frito pie because “it’s a great introduction to Texas chili.”

“I just love explaining Frito pie to people, selling it to them and just watching their faces light up in delight as they chow it down.”

The food truck industry might not be the easiest industry to break into, but mobile kitchen owners can find a massive amount of success if they are willing to learn on the job and are passionate about said job. Hambleton broke down his favorite part about this fine industry.Texas

“You know, every day it’s different. Even though we’ve been to the same office 10 times, there’s still people who just started working or they haven’t gotten the chance to try us yet. Just interacting with our customers is really exciting and great.”

Hambleton also said he really enjoys all of the events, and doing something different every day in terms of the location.

You May Also Like...  FoodTruckr Heroes: Cultured Caveman

If you are new to the idea that is owning a food truck or are thinking about breaking into the industry, then take the advice Hambleton had to offer to heart.

“Plan to work more than you’ve ever worked in your life.”

To dig your teeth into what FoodTruckr has to offer, make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and also make sure to check out more content that we bring to the table.

Recently on FoodTruckr

Six Food Truck Resolutions for 2014 Happy New Year, FoodTruckrs! The start of a new year is a magnificent time to reflect on the joys you experienced in the last 365 days as well as everything you hope to achieve in the future. Entre...
FS032: Marketing Your Food Truck the Smart Way – with Brandon Lewin This episode is one every FoodTruckr should hear. Today, we're digging in deep on how to market your food truck. My guest today is Brandon Lewin, a marketer and strategist with a special place in h...
Inspiring Quotes For Food Truck Owners Everyone looks for inspiration. Whether it is daily, once a month or longer than that, we all need motivation, and we look to others for said motivation. That is why inspiring quotes are so important,...
FoodTruckr Heroes: Rickshaw Stop Over the past few weeks in FoodTruckr Heroes, we’ve profiled a lot of awesome trucks who are doing truly awesome things.  From killer branding to fantabulous social media updates, there are all kinds ...
How to Start a Food Truck 19: Organize Your Licenses and Permits Can you believe summer is almost here? Food truck season is officially upon us, the warm weather is here to stay, and today’s lesson marks the end of Unit 5 on making your business official in the “Ho...
Food Truck Owners Can’t Stop Making New Goals Your ultimate dream was to enter the food truck industry ... and you did it! You raised/saved up enough money to buy a food truck, and you are currently making and selling food at your food truck busi...
FS034: How to Make a Huge Impact with a Small Footprint – with Phil of Metrofiets Does the thought of buying and maintaining a traditional food truck seem daunting, expensive, or simply not your style? You might be interested in this radical food trucking alternative: cargo bikes. ...
How to Run a Food Truck 08: Show Customers How Much You Care FoodTruckrs, can you believe it? The second unit of our “How to Run a Food Truck” series is coming to a close today! All month long, we’ve been showing you how to satisfy customers with great food, fa...
Storytelling: Tell Me Your ‘Why’ And I’ll Buy International man of mystery. World traveler. Secret agent. Food truck owner. When you tell me you own a food truck, that’s how I—your customer—see you. I’m trapped in cubicle-land, where the air i...
Lessons Food Truck Owners Can Learn From A Doer Are you a doer or are you a dreamer? The two are very different from one another; however, a food truck owner would be doing himself/herself a huge favor by taking on traits of both. You see, a doe...
How To Crush A Catering Gig For Your Food Truck Business Food truck owners, are you looking for another way to make more money at your mobile kitchen business? In other words, are you looking for another stream of income? Have you ever thought about doing s...
Simple Thoughts That Will Motivate Food Truck Owners During Times Of Stress If you are a food truck owner, then you know how tough the battle can be. It really is a tough industry to break into, but it is also a very rewarding one. If you are enduring times of stress, then we...
FS018- How to Start a Food Truck Book (Foreword and Introduction) Over the last few months, the team here at FoodTruckr.com has been working overtime getting things ready for something very special: the launch of our brand new book, How to Start a Food Truck: Th...
The 12 Days of FoodTruckr: 12 Reasons We Love Food Trucks On the twelfth day of Christmas, FoodTruckr’s giving you… 12 Reasons We Love Food Trucks! Merry Christmas, FoodTruckrs! We’ve had such a great time celebrating the holidays with you, and we couldn’t...
FoodTruckr Heroes: Our Five Favorite Dessert Trucks There are some holidays we wish we could celebrate year-round—holidays that truly deserve more than a single day of honor and acclaim. Today is one of those events, and we’ve got a special FoodTruckr ...

About the Author

Trevor

A Colorado native, Trevor started off his college career at the University of Colorado, but decided to switch teams after two years. He graduated with a degree in journalism at Colorado State University in 2014. Trevor started his professional writing career in sports, and has since expanded to many different genres. He is currently an MFA in creative writing student, and is also the Managing Editor at FoodTruckr.

Love it? Share it: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter