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Slow Cooker Steak Chili

This Slow Cooker Steak Chili is easy to make with chili beans, black beans, tomatoes, beef broth, chili seasoning, and tender steak for delicious layers of meaty flavor in every bite.

This hearty chili is perfect year-round. Your family will love this elevated version of chili made with steak rather than ground meat for a flavorful and filling meal.

A bowl of steak chili is served on a wooden board.

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What Is The Best Beef For Chili?

The top choices for beef in chili are ground beef, sirloin steak, stew meat, and chuck roast. Any of these can also be used when cooking in the slow cooker. Slow cookers are the best at tenderizing meat. If using ground beef, you will need to cook it first.

Serving Suggestions

This chili would go nicely with a Jalapeno Cornbread or a baked potato. I also like to offer the following toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, chili pepper, jalapeno pepper rings, crackers, or corn chips.

I like to add cheddar cheese and corn chips, which have always been my favorite way to eat chili. My husband always adds jalapeno peppers, even to spaghetti. He says they go with everything.

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

The ingredients to make Slow Cooker Steak Chili are set out on the counter.
  • Sirloin Steak or Stew Beef - Cut into bite-size pieces and browned for enhanced flavor before adding to slow cooker.
  • Onion and Garlic- Small diced onion and minced garlic sauteed for extra layer of flavor.
  • Olive Oil - Needed for sautéing.
  • Seasonings - Chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Crushed Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes, and Tomato Paste - The perfect combination to add depth to the tomato flavor of the sauce.
  • Beans - You will need a combination of chili beans and black beans.
  • Beef Broth - Provides liquid and adds an extra layer of beefy flavor to chili. You can also use Beef consommé in place of the beef broth.
  • Packed Brown Sugar - Adds a very subtle sweetness to the chili.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

How To Make Slow Cooker Steak Chili

Start by cutting the meat into cubes. Then dice the onions and mince the garlic. I use minced garlic from a jar as a shortcut.

Steak onion and garlic sauteed in a skillet.
All ingredients to make the steak chili are added to the slow cooker.

Next brown the meat. Heat oil in a skillet on the stovetop and add the meat. Cook until brown.  Then add in the onions and garlic and continue cooking until onions are tender.

Transfer the meat, onions, and garlic from the skillet to the slow cooker.

Then, add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to mix. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Steak Chili is cooked in a slow cooker and is ready to serve.

Do I have to brown beef before slow cooking?

You don't have to, but I highly recommend taking the extra time to brown the beef before adding it to the slow cooker. Browning or caramelizing the meat helps it develop richer, more complex flavors.

Can I Cook This On The Stovetop?

Yes. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can make this meal in a 5-quart Dutch oven on the stovetop by browning meat, onions, and garlic in a Dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Note: the beef will not be as tender as 4 hours in the crock pot.

Recipe Substitutions

  • Do you have a meat and potato kind of family? You can replace the black beans with diced potatoes.
  • Kidney beans can be used in place of chili or black beans.
  • Want to kick up the heat? Use fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chilies.

Recipe Tips

  • You will need a 4-quart or larger slow cooker and a skillet to make this recipe.
  • Cut meat into teaspoon bite-size pieces for even cooking.
  • The best way to tell if the meat is fully cooked is to use a meat thermometer and follow the USDA guidelines for minimum internal temperatures.
  • To store leftovers, allow the chili to cool, then place the leftover chili in an airtight container and store it in your refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
Steak Chili in a white bowl on a plate with bread.

If you need more slow cooker beef recipes, try these slow cooker beef tips or this slow cooker Italian beef.

This Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a delicious meaty chili recipe with tender beef, beans, and spices for the best comfort food at any time.

A serving of Slow Cooker Steak Chili in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Steak Chili Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This delicious Slow Cooker Steak Chili is easy to make with chili beans, black beans, tomatoes, beef broth, chili seasoning, and tender steak.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1½-2 pounds sirloin steak or stew beef (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounce can chili beans (do not drain)
  • 14.5 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 14.5 ounce can beef broth or beef consommé
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut meat into cubes, chop onions, and mince garlic. (You can use minced garlic from a jar.)
  • Heat oil in a skillet/Dutch oven on the stovetop. Add meat and cook until brown.  Add onions and garlic and continue cooking until onions are tender.
  • Transfer meat, onions, and garlic from skillet to slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours until meat is cooked through.

Notes

To store leftovers, allow the chili to cool, then place the leftover chili in an airtight container and store it in your refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
Stovetop: You can make this meal in a 5-quart Dutch oven on the stovetop. Brown the meat, onions, and garlic in a Dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Note: the beef will not be as tender as cooked for 4 to 6 hours in the crock pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 36gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1344mgPotassium: 1401mgFiber: 11gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1272IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 8mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Paula

Thursday 18th of April 2024

Oh my gosh - my husband loves this chili. I've already made it twice. It is going to be a regular for us.

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