Zesty Steak Chili Recipe
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Zesty Steak Chili Recipe

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This full-flavored, medium-hot, Texas-style chili tastes even better the second day. —Michelle Smith, Running Springs, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 4 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 2-3/4 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, sliced green onions and sliced ripe olives, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 200 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 meat, 2 vegetable.


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, saute steak and garlic in oil until browned. Add onion; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups water and next nine ingredients; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 hours or until tender. Combine flour, cornmeal and remaining water; stir until smooth. Bring chili to a boil. Add flour mixture; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. If desired, garnish with reduced-fat cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, onions and olives. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Steak Chili in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p17

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krucook 10897
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"This is my family's favorite chili. I appreciate that it serves many. This is the chili we make before we go caroling during the holidays."

schools1016 8348
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"I have neighbors who insist on having this every fall! I make it numerous times every fall/winter & it freezes nicely. Been our favorite for YEARS!"

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