Cozy and comforting, this Easy Steak Chili Recipe comes filled with black beans, sweet bell pepper, and the juiciest, most tender bits of steak. Serve with your favorite toppings, and enjoy with the whole family for an easy, delicious, filling meal that’s perfect any night of the week!
But this isn’t just any chili, you guys. Skip the ground beef and surprise your family with this irresistibly delicious chili recipe made with tender bites of steak, black beans, hints of BBQ sauce, traditional pasta sauce, and topped with crumbled Nacho Cheese Doritos. A fun change from classic beef chili, this steak chili recipe is just as easy and delicious as the classic.
Ingredients in Steak Chili
- olive oil
- bell pepper
- tomato paste
- dried Italian seasoning
- chili powder
- pasta sauce
- canned tomatoes
- beef stock
- BBQ sauce
- black beans
How to make Steak Chili
Making a big pot of this steak chili is super easy! The most tedious part of the whole recipe is cutting the steak into small pieces, but I did this on purpose as I wanted small, tender pieces of meat rather than large chunks.
- Prepare your ingredients. Starting with the steak, remove any tough pieces and cut the remaining meat into small, uniform-sized bits. Transfer the steak to a bowl. On a clean cutting board, mince the onion, garlic, and bell peppers. Set those aside.
- Brown the meat. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, add the olive oil and butter. Once hot, add the steak to the pot and cook, stirring often until brown on all sides. The steak doesn’t need to be fully cooked, however, given that the meat is chopped so small; it really only needs a few minutes to be browned on all sides.
- Cook the vegetables. Once the meat is browned, add the onions, garlic, and bell peppers to the pot. Mix well to combine with the steak, and cook all together for approximately 6-8 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and seasoning, mixing well. Cook for one minute before stirring in the pasta sauce, chopped tomatoes, and beef stock. Bring to a low boil, cover, and simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the BBQ sauce, black beans, and cannellini beans. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes before seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or BBQ sauce to taste.
Steak Chili Toppings
The best thing about this steak chili is that it doesn’t really need any additional toppings. Whereas some soups and stews need toppings to help bring out or tie together the flavors, this steak chili recipe is fantastic as is. This makes it especially awesome because without any additional toppings, it is completely dairy-free and gluten-free (this may vary depending on the type of BBQ sauce and pasta sauce used, so be sure to check the label).
It is also incredibly high in protein and fiber thanks to all that delicious meat and beans.
If you love toppings, however, you’re not alone! Here are a few of my top picks:
- Doritos Nacho Cheese
- Sliced avocado
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Chopped cilantro or green onions
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Easy Steak Chili Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 pounds top sirloin steak - Trimmed of excess fat and diced into small pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 medium yellow onions - diced
- 6 cloves garlic - minced
- 2 red bell pepper - seeded and diced
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 cup traditional pasta sauce
- 1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes - (plus juice)
- 4 cups beef stock - plus more as needed
- 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans - drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans - drained
- Fresh chopped cilantro - to garnish
- Crushed Doritos Nachos Cheese - for serving
- Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and butter, swirl to coat the bottom of the pot. Add the steak, seasoning well with salt and pepper. Cook until steak is browned on all sides, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Add the onions and mix well to combine. Cook the onion until just starting to soften, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and bell pepper. Stir to combine and continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Over medium heat stir in the tomato paste, Italian seasoning, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high and add the pasta sauce, chopped tomatoes, and beef stock. Stir well to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the BBQ sauce, black beans, and cannellini beans. Mix well to combine. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes before seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or BBQ sauce, to taste. Serve with your favorite garnishes including Doritos Nachos Cheese, shredded mozzarella, chopped cilantro, and green onion. Enjoy!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)