This Slow Cooker Steak Chili recipe takes your chili from ordinary to extraordinary using steak instead of ground beef, slow cooked for a wonderful melding of flavors.
You’ll get a blend of beef steak, beans, tomatoes and spices, all simmered together in the crock pot for a hearty meal after a chilly day.
I’ve tried something different from your typical ground beef chili. I love chili in the winter months, but I like to mix things up. This time, I’ve used a Chuck Eye Steak instead of your typical ground beef.
Steak is fairly expensive right now and this Chuck Eye was the least expensive I could find. In past years, I’ve been able to use Sirloin Steak, which works really well.
If you don’t want to use steak, you can use a chuck roast or any other beef roast. I like to use steak because you can cube it up nicely. With roast, you can get pulled beef. Since this is made in the slow cooker, you could even use stew meat. It will certainly get tender after all that cooking.
Once you’ve chosen your steak, the rest of the ingredients are your normal tomatoes and chili beans with onions, celery and garlic. You can use any beans you like. I’ve used mostly small red beans, but black beans will work well too. I’ve never tried kidney beans, but, if you have them, you can use them here.
I’ve added a couple of jalapenos and a red bell pepper for a little sweetness.
If you have some Italian Sausage, this Italian Sausage Chili is also a great chili, if you’re looking for something new.
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Steak Chili Mild or Spicy?
For this chili, I used only two jalapenos. Feel free to add more jalapenos. Or, maybe you prefer chipotles, the word for smoked jalapenos. Or, maybe you have some fiery hot home-grown chiles in your pantry. Use them all, with my blessing!
Make this as spicy or not spicy as you like because it will still be an amazing meal for your family. If you don’t have anything fresh, you can add ground jalapeno powder or even ground chipotle. Definitely add a little at a time and taste as you go. You can add it, but it’s not so easy to remove it.
Do You Need To Sear The Steak First?
I prefer to sear the steak a little in order to give it a little color and add additional flavor. I also like to saute the onions and other vegetables a little for the same reason.
Searing isn’t absolutely necessary, though. If you want to throw everything into your Crockpot without searing, I won’t send the recipe police after you. Sometimes, you don’t have time and need to throw the slow cooker together quickly. I see nothing wrong with that.
What To Do With Leftovers Of Steak Chili
Here are some things I love to do with leftover steak chili, or really, any leftover chili for that matter.
Steak Chili Nachos. Put some tortilla chips in a bowl, add your steak chili then add all your favorite toppings. Fresh onions, black olives and tomatoes then add sour cream, cheddar cheese and maybe some guacamole, if you have it. Or slice up an avocado instead. Sprinkle with some fresh cilantro.
Steak Chili Enchiladas. Roll up some steak chili in yellow corn tortillas. Add some red sauce and lots of cheese. Use the Steak and Green Chile Enchiladas recipe for instructions except add steak chili instead of the green chili mixture.
Steak Chili Mac. Stir in some cooked elbow macaroni for chili mac.
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- Large skillet
- 4-Quart Slow Cooker (i.e. Crock Pot)
- 1 pound Chuck Eye Steak, or any other steak
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 14.5 ounce Diced Tomatoes
- 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
- 6 ounce Tomato Paste
- 15.5 ounce Chili Beans
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ancho Chili Powder, or cayenne pepper, if you prefer it spicy
- ½ teaspoon Oregano
- 1 large Onion, chopped
- 1 large Red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 Celery, ribs, chopped
- 2 Jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
- 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
- Cut steak into bite-sized pieces, about ½" each. Heat skillet on high heat for about 2 minutes, add olive oil and continue heating for 1-2 minutes more. Add steak pieces to skillet and sear, stir to sear all sides, about 6-8 minutes.
- While searing steak, add tomatoes, beans and seasonings to slow cooker and stir well.
- Chop the vegetables as indicated and set aside.
- Remove seared steak to slow cooker.
- In same skillet, cook all the vegetables until fragrant, about 5-6 minutes then add to slow cooker. Stir well.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
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