Southwest Steak Chili

The hubs and I are Ravens fans.  Last Saturday night wasn’t really a good night for us Ravens fans.

Though the outcome of the game wasn’t what I had hoped for, the night wasn’t a total loss.  You see, since we were staying home to watch the game, I decided to whip up a big batch of chili for dinner.  After all, football watching requires some serious stamina and hearty food is a must, and chili fits the bill every time… Especially steak chili.

I was in a southwest mood, so I used those flavors in the chili.  In addition to the steak, the chili is loaded with peppers, beans, and corn.  Plus, I threw in some beer that’s been sitting in our garage.  We aren’t really beer drinkers in this household, so I try to use the leftover beer when I’m cooking and baking. And, yet again, the chili seemed like the perfect solution to that problem, too!

Though I’m not terribly excited to watch the rest of the playoffs and the Super Bowl (considering either the Steelers or the Jets will be there, which is a lose-lose situation in my book), I am excited to share this great chili recipe.  You can bet that I’ll be cheering for either the Bears or the Packers (frankly, I don’t care… I just want them to beat the Steelers or the Jets), and I’ll be making another batch of this chili.

Believe me, you’ll want to add this one to your game day menu. It’s great with crusty bread or a handfull of tortilla chips!

Hearty Southwest Steak Chili
(Serves 6-8)

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds flank steak, trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cups diced bell peppers (approximately two peppers)
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 – 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 bottle beer (whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)

Begin by heating a dutch oven or large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat.  Add the olive oil to the hot pan.  Toss the steak in the chili powder and smoked paprika, and then brown in the hot oil.  Be sure to brown the steak on all sides, then remove from the pot and reserve in a bowl.

Reduce the heat to medium, and add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño. Cook in the beef drippings and spices until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Then, add in the black beans and corn.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Add the tomato mixture and beer to the pot. Return the beef to the pot, and bring the chili to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes until slightly thickened.  Season to taste with the Worcestershire sauce and Kosher salt. Keep warm or serve immediately topped with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.

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18 Responses to Southwest Steak Chili
  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 20, 2011 | 7:10 am

    Really?! You’re Ravens fans?! I don’t know if we can be friends anymore!
    Okay, I take that back. Because I think my husband would fall in love all over again with me if I made him this chili. :)

  2. DessertForTwo
    January 20, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Yum! I love the idea of using flank steak in chili. Looks delicious :)

  3. DessertForTwo
    January 20, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Yum! I love the idea of using flank steak in chili!
    Looks delicious :)

  4. Cookbook Queen
    January 20, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    I loooove chili but adding steak to it makes it even better!! THis looks like just the thing on a snow day like today!!

  5. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
    January 20, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    My mouth just watered. Seriously. There is nothing better than chili with sour cream and cheese.

  6. Tracy
    January 20, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    Looks like a delicious version of chili! Sorry about the Ravens!

  7. Jamie | My Baking Addiction
    January 20, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    Flank Steak in chili? Perfection! This looks so incredible!

  8. Amanda
    January 20, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    I was just thinking that chili would be nice in this freezing weather! :) Great timing!

    January 21, 2011 | 7:40 am

    that’s a great looking chili Jen!

  10. c
    January 21, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    This recipe looks great…I might make it for the games this Sunday!

  11. Kristen
    January 24, 2011 | 12:02 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Delicious!

  12. Tracey
    January 24, 2011 | 9:08 am

    This looks so hearty and comforting, especially on this freeeeezing cold morning! I’m with you on the football, once my Pats were knocked out I just wanted the Jets and Steelers to lose to whichever team they played.

  13. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    January 25, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    Nothing better than a hearty bowl of chili :-)

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  17. Chef Bee
    February 26, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    Comfort in a bowl. Perfect for game day.

    Plan B

  18. Marla
    March 22, 2011 | 9:33 pm

    This southwest chili looks great. I must start adding a bottle of beer to my chili – I have enjoyed it like this, but never prepared it myself in this way. Great recipe :)

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