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Easy Steak Chili

Looking for a quick and easy, delicious bowl of comfort food today?  Maybe it’s raining or snowing outside, you’re in the mood for something to warm you up?  This Easy Steak Chili is just what you’re looking for!

Easy Steak Chili

Using ground beef and leftover steak or prime rib, beans, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a wonderful package seasoning mix, you can throw this together in literally minutes and your hearty, delicious dinner will be ready in about an hour.

Easy Steak Chili

One of the great things about my easy steak chili is it is so versatile. You can make it hot or mild according to your preference. I like to have a selection of hot sauces to put out with the chili so that everyone can customize it according to their own love (or hate) of all things hot.

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Where should I serve Chili?

Chili is a perfect choice to serve at a Super Bowl Party, alongside my Traeger Smoked and Fried Chicken Wings and my Buffalo Chicken Dip! Or as a meal in itself on those cold, dreary days. Just the thing to perk everyone up after a long fall or winter day.

You can also set up a chili bar using all kinds of different toppings. Ceramic soup mugs with handles work great for this. See the list down the post for ideas for stir-ins and fixings you can include.

Smoked and Fried Chicken Wings

What kind of steak can I use for this chili?

You can use any cut of steak for this chili. Sirloin, t-bone, prime rib, flat iron, even leftover roast beef.

If you don’t happen to have leftovers, you can use diced beef chuck or stew meat as well. This cut is used for stewing as it’s a tougher cut of meat but becomes tender when cooked for long periods over low heat. It adds more beef flavor than ground beef alone, adding to the beefy richness of your chili. If you use stew meat prepare for a longer cook time.

Easy Steak Chili

What kind of beans can I use in chili?

Depending on what kind of chili you’re making, almost any bean can be delicious. I really like a mix of pinto beans and chili beans. For white chili, great northern beans are the way to go. Kidney beans and black beans are also great options in a tomato-centric chili.

Easy Steak Chili

I prefer to use a mixture. For this Easy Steak Chili, I used Bush’s Best Mixed Chili Beans, which contain both kidney beans and pinto beans in a mild chili seasoning. You can use any variety you’d like though. Plus, beans are one of the healthiest foods you can eat!  They are nutrient-dense and fiber-rich, and low in saturated fat.

Easy Steak Chili

What kind of seasonings should I use for chili?

There are a ton of different options for pre-mixed chili seasoning. I really like the one in the recipe below, but you can also make your own quite easily too. There are also many, many recipes for homemade chili seasoning. It all depends on your personal preference and what you have on-hand.

The basic seasonings used are chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. I used Carroll Shelby’s Chili Kit in this chili. You can find this brand at almost any store, and it comes with an extra packet of cayenne so you can control the heat.

Easy Steak Chili

What’s the best way to cook chili?

Another great thing about chili is that you can make it using many different methods. Whether it be on your stovetop, in a crockpot, or in your new Instant Pot! Whatever method you choose will produce a wonderful, warm meal for your family to enjoy!

Tips for adapting to the Instant Pot

  • Use the saute feature to brown the ground beef and/or uncooked steak
  • Don’t pressure cook the beans. Stir those in last and let simmer using the saute mode until they are warmed through

Tips for adapting to the Crock Pot

  • Figure 2-3 hours on high BEFORE adding the beans
  • Let the beans go for about 30 minutes on low as the last step in the cook

Easy Steak Chili

What should I serve with my chili?

Grilled Corn Cakes with Honey Butter!
These little babies are less crumbly than traditional cornbread but have alll the same flavors.

Griddle Corn Cakes with Honey Butter

What else can I serve with Steak Chili?

  • Buttered French bread slices
  • Saltine crackers, oyster crackers or even Goldfish crackers for the kids work well
  • Fritos or Doritos are a great crunchy choice to top off your chili
  • Hot dogs and hot dog buns……can we say CHILIDOG?
  • A variety of cheeses, such as shredded Mexican or cheddar
  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onion or scallions

What drinks go with Chili?

For the kids?

I would choose Ginger ale, Root Beer, or Cream Soda and small bottles of water kept chilled in a big bowl of ice.

For the adults?

Beer, such as an amber lager or dry stout. A margarita would be great with a big spicy bowl of chili. If you prefer wine, a good red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with chili.

Blackberry Margarita

What can I serve for dessert?

Try my Fresh Apple Crisp recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, my Cheesecake dip, or these delicious chocolate cupcakes.

Apple Crisp

Sliced apples with caramel dipping sauce would also be a good end to a great spicy meal.

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Yield: 8 servings

Easy Steak Chili

Easy Steak Chili

This easy steak chili uses that prime rib you couldn't quite finish up or those extra steaks! If you don't have enough, just fill in the gap with some ground beef and you'll have a delicious dinner that

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds meat (steak, leftover steak, ground beef, or a combination of those)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 package Chili Kit (Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit, pictured below)
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can chili beans
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream


  1. If you are using raw meat, season it with the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Brown the meat in a large pot with a tablespoon of oil in the bottom. If using cooked steak or prime rib, dice it into cubes now (and you can skip the browning process).
  2. Pour in the stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and chili seasonings. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the beans and gently cook until heated.
  4. Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese for garnish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 1503mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 57g

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Monday 19th of June 2023

Yum! We smoked a tri tip, a pork shoulder and bacon wrapped chicken over Father’s Day weekend and i needed an idea to use up the left over meats. YES, I added the three different meats in and this was great! (I did use beef stock in place of the water and only 4 cups since we like chilli a little thicker) This a great chilli for any leftover meat in my book. Thanks for all the tips!!

Nicole Johnson

Monday 19th of June 2023

What a great idea! We have a bunch of extra meats from a grad party we threw over the weekend and that's a wonderful idea! Another good one I like to use for leftover chicken is jambalaya!

Christine Strasser

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

I made this recipe with leftover prime rib and followed the recipe. Never used this chili box seasoning before but it was terrific! However, I think 8 cups of liquid was 4 too much. Other than that it was so tasty and I will definitely make it again, not even waiting to have leftover meat!

Thank you Nicole!


Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Looking for a recipe for use up leftover steak from last night. Happened upon your site and used your tips along with another recipe as a guide to make Instant Pot steak chili. Was worried that the t-bone meat would be tough, but it was tender and tasty along with the ground beef I used.

Thanks for your advice. Just added this to my repertoire of recipes!

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Amazing! So glad that you enjoyed it. It is a favorite of ours too!

Kathleen Cole

Thursday 9th of January 2020

I am making this simple recipe in the crockpot so the steak will be well cooked and melt in your mouth good. I have put all of the ingredients together in the pot, but already with just two cans of beans it seems rather liquidity than the chili I usually make from scratch. For this reason I only added 6 cups of water. Has anyone else noticed this or had to add or even remove more liquid? Even with this, I expect the chili to be very tasty.

Mike c Vaughan

Friday 30th of October 2020

just add a little roux as needed!!


Saturday 28th of December 2019

If I am doing it in the insta pot how long to a set the time for? 45 minutes without beans?

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 29th of December 2019

That would probably be overkill for this. I'd start with 15 minutes and see where you are at when that's done.

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