Hearty one-pot meals like this savory steak chili do more than just warm you up on cold winter days. They nourish the soul from deep within using yummy stick-to-your-ribs taste that leaves you feeling totally satisfied.
These chili recipes continue to develop intense flavor long after they’ve cooked making them really hard to resist. Whether you make no bean chili, steak chili or even a beef chili recipe they all have that wholesome nourishing quality.
Steak chili recipe just happens to be the one that gets totally inhaled as soon as it comes off the stove.
Let me show you why!!
I love all the fragrant herbs and spices that slowly fill the air and draw me in until I savor the rich meaty layers of flavor that develop in this recipe. I love the hearty stick-to-your-ribs quality that leaves you feeling completely satisfied when you get to the bottom of the bowl. I love the simmer time that allows me to get some other things done around the house while it’s cooking.
I guess I love just about everything about this steak chili recipe and I bet you will too! Here are some other strong qualities.
- Hearty stick-to-your-ribs goodness
- Layers of rich meaty flavor in every bite
- Secret ingredient for that WOW factor
- Nutrient-dense wholesome ingredients
- Ideal for a family dinner or a large crowd
Building intense flavor doesn’t have to be difficult and the right kitchen hacks can make it down-right simple! Here’s what you need to know.
First, you’ll want to use a heavier gauge pot if you have one. It helps distribute heat more evenly to prevent scorching. This is very important especially when you have an extended simmer time.
When you sauté your onions and peppers, you’ll want to do it in the same pan and reserved oil where you browned your beef cubes. And yes, you do need to sauté your veggies! I know it’s all going into the same pot but it’s essential to building the layers of flavor you’re after. Not only does it coax out their sweeter side, but it also helps build your fond.
Once it’s time to add the liquids to the pot, be sure to scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to incorporate all that intense flavor into your steak chili recipe.
The ingredient list may look long but it’s really a special combination of convenience foods and veggies along with fragrant herbs and spices. You’ve probably got most of these items in your kitchen already so don’t let the list overwhelm you. Here we go!
Meat – I like to use beef chuck for this recipe, but any tough, lean cut of meat will work. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but these tougher cuts contain tons of collagen that breaks down during the simmer-time rendering the meat melt-in-your-mouth tender!
Veggies – A special combination of onions and peppers gives your recipe lots of texture with slightly sweet undertones and warm pops of flavor. Don’t forget to sauté them.
Spices – Lots of fragrant herbs and spices give this recipe loads of flavor. A quick toast in a hot pan perks them up and brings out their fragrant aromas.
Chili base – Your chili base is a savory blend of crushed tomatoes, beef broth, Better Than Bouillon (beef flavored) and liquid smoke. You will not believe the intense flavor that develops from here!
Beans – Beans are always optional but they really amp up this steak chili recipe. I like to use a combination of pinto and kidney beans for a protein-rich boost.
Secret Ingredient – The secret ingredient is instant decaf coffee crystals. There. I said it! It doesn’t take much but I promise it will give your steak chili recipe a deep crave-worthy flavor.
Thickener – Your thickener is masa harina which is a naturally gluten-free flour found in the ethnic aisle of most grocery stores. It’s different from regular masa and you’ll love the character it gives your chili!
This is one of those really delicious recipes that continues to develop crazy flavor while it sits in the fridge. It can be hard to keep it in there long because people will gobble it up every chance they get. It keeps best in an airtight container so all the flavors can really mingle.
Can You Freeze This?
This steak chili freezes really well, and I love that I can put it in gallon-sized freezer bags. This makes it super easy to make ahead and store as long as I don’t forget to label it!
Make Ahead Tips
Most of the ingredients are canned or jarred convenience foods except for the fresh onions, peppers and garlic. You can chop these ahead of time if that makes things easier, but they need to be cooked when the meat is.
You can also make your steak chili and store it overnight before serving. Or if your schedule is jam-packed you can go the freezer route. You may need to add a little beef stock to thin it out upon thawing as it will thicken a bit.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Well I guess that depends on how many people know it’s in there (just kidding – kinda’). Your steak chili recipe should stay fresh and addictingly delicious for up to 4 days when stored properly.
One of the best things about this totally scrumptious steak chili is how versatile the recipe is. Need to swap the beans? Go for it! Different types of peppers? Okay! Dip crackers in it, spoon it onto hot dogs or put it in a bowl and top it with sour cream. Do whatever works for you.
Can I Turn This Recipe Into Chili Spaghetti Or Hotdog?
A couple of small changes to this steak chili minus the beans will give you a hearty full-flavored Cincinnati chili that is sure to perk up your taste buds. Use it to make a mouthwatering chili dog or even a sensational chili spaghetti.
Can I Bake This Instead?
This steak chili is one of my favorite chili recipes because the flavor is just remarkable, but it is typically made stovetop. If you’re looking for a chili recipe you can toss in the oven, you may prefer to throw together a chili cheese dog bake.
Of course, nothing goes better with chili on a stinging cold day than cornbread. If you agree then it only takes a couple of extra ingredients to make a captivating chili cornbread casserole that is sure to raise your core temperature a couple of degrees!
Can I Add Beans?
Serving steak chili is always a tasty crowd-pleaser but for something a little spicier you can always toss in a can of Rotel to make it more reminiscent of Pioneer Woman Chili. A few small changes can also give you a taco chili with lots of character and plenty of Tex-Mex flavor!
When its time to watch the game and you’re ready for some tailgating food, it’s just a hop and a skip to boilermaker chili. All you need is some bacon, some sausage and some beer. I promise it’s got Superbowl worthy flavor!
Can I Cook This In A Crockpot?
Yes! If you’ve got a busy day planned, you can make steak chili crock pot style. Just use the same process for browning, sautéing and deglazing. Then when you get it all put together, toss it in the crockpot for a few hours until its time to eat.
Got a pressure cooker instead of a crockpot? No problem! Make a scrumptious Alton Brown chili that’ll be ready to fill hungry tummies in a fraction of the time.
What Other Chili Recipes Can I Make?
Making steak chili Pioneer Woman style isn’t your only easy option for change! This recipe is so flexible you can make stuffed chillies or even have a chili burger when the mood strikes. I even love snacking on sweet and spicy cashews but I’ve always loved a heat in my recipes!
- 3 pounds beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/4 vegetable oil
- 2 cups yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed and minced
- 2 poblano chilis, seeded, ribs removed and diced
- 3 red bell peppers seeded, ribs removed and diced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with juices
- 4 cups beef broth
- 2 tablespoons beef flavored Better Than Bouillon, dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup masa harina, dissolved in 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon instant decaf coffee crystals
- 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- red onion, diced
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- sour cream
- avocado, cut into chunks
- tortilla chips, crushed
- Pat beef cubes dry with paper towels. Heat the oil in a large, pot over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches, not crowding the pan. Remove to a bowl and set aside. Repeat with remaining beef.
- Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, poblanos, and red bell peppers and saute over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until vegetables are soft. about 8-10 minutes
- Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, and coriander over vegetables and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until spices are fragrant about 1 minute.
- Add Italian seasoning, bay leaf, salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, dissolved Better Than Bouillon, dissolved masa, liquid smoke, coffee crystals, then stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until meat is fork-tender.
- Stir in kidney beans and pinto beans and continue to simmer 10-15 minutes more.
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I know some people prefer to make chili without beans and the good news is this steak chili recipe tastes just as magnificent without them. Of course, I always leave them in there.
Anyhow, here are some other fantastic no bean chili recipes you can try when you get the urge.
- Pork Chili Verde – One pot comfort food with South of the border flavor.
- Texas Road House Chili – We all thought he’d be taller but there’s no shortage of flavor here!
- Texas Chili Recipe – Everything’s BIG in Texas and the spicy smoky flavor of Texas chili is no exception.
- Chili Colorado – A slow simmered traditional Mexican recipe.
Making steak chili is an easy way to bring the whole family together or feed a friendly crowd on a cold football afternoon. There are so many massive layers of flavor your tongue really doesn’t know what to do other than soak it all up and it only gets better as it sits.
I try to keep a batch in the freezer, so I always have some on hand but it’s still special every time I make it. Steak chili is one of my all-time favorite chili recipes and I bet it’ll be yours too!