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Steak Chili with toppings, on a white bowl

Steak Chili

Steak chili is one of those hearty stick-to-your-ribs recipes full of fork-tender meat, veggies, and beans with a secret ingredient to amp up the flavor!
Course Chili, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Steak Chili, How To Make Steak Chili, Steak Chili, Steak Chili Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 732kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 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.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 2662mg | Potassium: 1462mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2913IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 17mg