Zippy Steak Chili Recipe
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Zippy Steak Chili Recipe

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Looking for a thick, chunky chili with a little extra-special kick for Super Bowl Sunday? Try this recipe from Denise Habib in Poolesville, Maryland. “It was given to me by a co-worker originally from Texas,” she recalls. “I've made it on numerous occasions and always get rave reviews.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) chili starter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onion and sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 275 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 1127mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large skillet, cook steak and onion in oil over medium heat until meat is browned. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  2. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine tomatoes and chili starter. Stir in beef mixture. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with cheese, onion and sour cream if desired. Yield: 5 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Bush's Traditional Chili Starter.
Originally published as Zippy Steak Chili in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p55

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sharringer User ID: 8358543 225811
Reviewed May. 3, 2015

"If you love steak and chili this recipe is for you. Delicious slow cooker recipe. For a little less heat, use 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 151638
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"This is a very good and very spicy chili. It is quick and easy to throw together before leaving for work in the morning."

djlanczok User ID: 4810994 140322
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"substituted chili start for 1/2 pack taco mix, was excellent, next time i'll be more prepared & use the chili starter instead. 2 spoons up"

vpauli User ID: 3428588 125302
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"I have made this recipe three times...sadly it has taken the place of the family chili recipe I have made for years....everytime I ask my family which chili they want me to's this one. If my family loves it...I love it."

cybercilla User ID: 511413 140317
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2008

"At the end of the recipe, it said to use Bush's Chili Starter. I googled Bush's products and this is what I found....
Scroll down until you find the Chili Magic Starter. You have to add meat and tomato the description says...and it shows a picture of the product.
I hope this helps. 
Well, you will have to cut & paste...I can't get it to make a link...sorry....
I have never used this product but LOVE Bush's products. I use the medium Chili Beans seen on  the above page. The only beans I'll use to make chili.

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