Steak Chili Recipe

I threw this together yesterday and it didn’t suck, yay! The portions and ingredients are flexible. I often cook like my mother – dig through fridge, freezer, cabinets, and throw together something with what I have on hand. I’ll consult a few recipes online for some direction, but I usually kind of wing it.

Steak Chili

2 pounds of chuck steak
4 onions
8 cloves of garlic
6 carrots
2 cans diced tomatoes (with basil & onion seasoning)
1 can black beans (with chili seasoning)
1 can (small) tomato paste
1 bottle pumpkin beer
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt & pepper
chili powder
ground red pepper

If you beef is frozen, remove from packaging into a zip lock freezer bag, fill bag with cold water, leave out. (In the sink in case your bag leaks, or put it in a bowl or something.)

Heat vegetable oil in a pan. Dice onions, sautee in the pan. Mince garlic in a press over the pan. Cook until onions just start to turn transparent. Move contents of pan to crock pot. Turn on crock pot – I have a programmable one, so I set it to high heat for 5 hours. Of course you could also do low for 8-10 hours.

In the same pan, brown steaks on each side. Cut into bite-size pieces. (OMG, this took forever and my hand was sore by the end. Maybe it would have been easier to cut up when still slightly frozen?) Put into bowl, sprinkle liberally with salt & pepper before moving into the crock pot.

(If you’re pressed for time, skip all the pre-cooking, and just dice/mince/cut everything raw and throw it in the crock.)

Open all the canned stuff and pour into crock pot. I did not drain anything, and used a little water to get the last bits of flavored goodness from each can into the crock pot. Pour beer into crock pot. (I went with pumpkin beer because I thought the spices in it would compliment the chlili. Feel free to use any beer.)

Dice carrots. Add to crock. (Or omit the carrots, or throw in another vegetable.)

Liberally add the spices. Stir. Let it cook 4-5 hours in the crock pot on high or 8-10 hours on low. Add more spices per your tastes. (I didn’t measure anything, OK?) If it’s too watery, dissolve some cornstrach in cold water (use a whisk), and stir into the chili.

Serve with whatever you like with your chili. I prefer oyster crackers, El Esposo prefers spaghetti (weirdo). I meant to throw some green onions (scallions if you’re fancy from the east coast) on this but forgot.


I have a 6-quart crock pot, and this recipe filled mine. There are also only two of us, so just like mom, I froze a quart and a half. (And that is why I horde the pint- and quart-sized plastic containers you get for take out.)

What do you like in your chili? The last time I made “what do we need to use in the fridge?” chili, I made it with chicken and chorizo. 

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5 Comments on “Steak Chili Recipe”

  1. I’m currently making chili in my crockpot, haha. I use chicken, green chiles, kidney beans, corn, taco seasoning, chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup (I know the soup sounds weird, but it’s awesome)… everybody in the pool for 10 hours, then shred the chicken and stir. I like my chili with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips. (The spaghetti thing is not weird – that’s Cincy style!)

  2. I love chili in the winter. My husband claims that he is not the same kind of cook as me because he can’t just throw whatever is in the fridge together to make a meal. I’ve just learned how to do that by necessity because I hate throwing food away and I am in no way organized enough to plan my meals out every week! Soups are the most forgiving for this kind of cooking!

    1. You two sound a lot like us. My husband enjoys cooking, but he has to have a recipe, have a plan, go grocery shopping first, etc. Otherwise, dinner is a sandwich, can of soup, frozen meals or GrubHub. But like you, I hate wasting food, so I often see all the food that’s going to spoil before he gets around to his “plan” … and that’s when chili, or some other thrown-together recipe, happens. I’ve heard the critique that both genders cook, but men are often “chefs” and women just want to get a meal on the table.

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