Crockpot Main Dish Recipes

Slow-Cooker Steak Chili

Easy crockpot steak chili. The best chili I've ever made!

I’ve made a fair number of chili recipes (jalapeño popper, quinoa, and white chicken all come to mind) over the years, but I didn’t have a go-to classic chili recipe until now.

When I first made this one, it was fairly bland, but I played around with the spices until I had a chili I absolutely loved. I was going for flavorful without it being spicy because . . . my children think everything is spicy.

The first time I made this last year, Ella, who is definitely the pickiest eater in the family, took one bite and said, “Um, I think you should only make this for the rest of our lives.” I wouldn’t go that far, but it is absolutely delicious.

We topped ours with Fritos (the knock-off kind of course), shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream, but it doesn’t need any of those to be mind-bogglingly delicious.

Also, because this cooks in the slow cooker, you can go with a super cheap cut of steak – it’ll have plenty of time to get tender.

(P.S. I know that some Texans don’t like any beans in their chili, but since I only lived in Texas for six years, I feel just fine about throwing pinto beans in there. I love how inexpensive they are, plus they add some nice texture).

Slow-Cooker Steak Chili

1 cup dry pinto beans, sorted and rinsed
1/2 pound steak
1 14-ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes, with juice
2 cups broth (any kind)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon ancho chile powder
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Toss everything in the slow-cooker and cook on low for about 8 hours. Serve with the toppings of your choice!

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  • Reply missris March 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Some Texans don't like beans in their chili? Who are these people and how can they call themselves Texans?!

  • Reply Sherry March 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I am ridiculously pleased that you put cocoa powder in your chili.

  • Reply Paige Flamm March 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Yum! This looks super tasty! I always love trying new chili recipes, and any excuse to make our cheap grocery store steak taste better is a win in my book… also my mind is kind of blown by the cocoa powder.

  • Reply Kayris March 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    If it doesn't have beans in it, it's Not chili!

  • Reply MommySizedHeart March 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    My husband absolutely refuses to eat anything bean related and I don't care to make it for my daughter and me. looks so tasty!

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