a new chili night

steak chili-hGrowing up in Texas I have had my fair share of chili.  The traditional chili with beef (no beans) and loaded with spices, turkey chili, white chicken chili and of course chili with beans…but when The Hubby’s family came over the other day I wanted to take chili to the next level so it was time to make this Steak Chili.  

Ok now I know you might be shaking your head at me and asking “why go and mess up something and make it weird” but trust me this chili is everything you love about your favorite traditional chili, only elevated!  It is loaded with tons of spices (some that are a little surprising) and big chunks of meat making this a very special dish.  

As I mentioned above there are some interesting additions to this chili that takes it from ordinary to something spectacular.  The addition of brown sugar, cinnamon, a little chocolate and masa marina gives this chili a depth that is unlike most other chili’s.   For me I prefer to eat chili the day after it is originally made so I started this chili the day before the family was coming over.  At some point The Hubby was walking through the kitchen and glanced at my ingredients and asked what dessert I was making and I told him I had already made brownies that all of this was for the chili…you could almost see the panic set in immediately.  I knew what was going through his head…she is going to put cinnamon and chocolate in chili…great another weird dish and to be honest I just kinda chuckled and let him go on knowing full well that this was going to become one of his most favorite chili’s.  

FYI…if you do not like beans in your chili, feel free to leave them out.  I am not a huge fan either, but The Hubby & his family loves the so I added them in.

On the day I was going to serve the chili, I heated it in a large dutch oven over medium low heat and stirred it often to allow it to continue to thicken up a bit and let the flavors come together.  To serve it I put out several toppings and let each person choose what they wanted and then served cornbread and crackers along side to make it the perfect bowl of cornbread.


Texas Steak Chili
Serves 16
A meaty slow cooked chili loaded with tons of tender beef and flavor in each bite
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr
  1. 1/4 cup chili powder
  2. 1 tbsp powdered cumin
  3. 2 tsp oregano
  4. 2 tsp brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 4 lbs stew meat
  7. 4 tbsp flour
  8. 1 tbsp pepper
  9. 1 tbsp salt
  10. 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  11. 2 tbsp butter
  12. 2 onions, chopped
  13. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  14. 2 cups beef stock, divided
  15. 1 cup water
  16. 1 cup tomato sauce
  17. 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
  18. 3 tbsp masa harina
  1. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, brown sugar & cinnamon, set aside
  2. Trim any excess fat off of the stew meat and sprinkle with flour, salt & pepper tossing to coat as evenly as possible
  3. In a skillet or large dutch oven heat oil over medium high heat
  4. Add in beef (in batches) and brown, removing browned beef to a slow cooker after each batch
  5. Continue browning meat until complete
  6. Melt butter in pan and add in onion cooking until softened
  7. Stir in garlic & spices cooking for an additional 2 minutes, scraping up the bottom of the pan
  8. Pour in 1 cup of stock, water, tomato sauce, chocolate and bring to a simmer, stirring until chocolate is melted
  9. In a small bowl combine remaining stock and masa marina, stirring until well combined and let stand until thickened slightly
  10. Stir masa mixture into stock and cook or an additional 2-3 minutes
  11. Pour mixture over beef in stock pot
  12. Cook on high for 6 hours, stirring once or twice, or until meat is falling apart tender
  13. You can serve immediately but I like chili the next day so I let mine cool off and then refrigerated overnight
  14. To reheat the next day pour chili into dutch oven or large stock pot and reheat over medium low heat for 1-2 hours, stirring often, allowing chili to thicken as it reheats and the flavors to meld even more
  15. Serve with your favorite chili toppings such as cheese, sour cream, green onions, chips or crackers
  16. ENJOY!!
Each serving is 9 WW smart points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 351 Calories from Fat 167 Total Fat 18.6g Saturated Fat 6.7g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 120mg Sodium 719mg Potassium 456mg Total Carbohydrates 8.2g Dietary Fiber 1.8g Sugars 2.8g Protein 36.8g
  3. Vitamin A 13% - Vitamin C 6% - Calcium 4% - Iron 30%
  4. Nutrition Grade B-
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 Turn your traditional chili on it’s head with this amped-up steak chili.

Happy (half) Baked Life – MJ

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