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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 (calculated without optional toppings) equals 275 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 1127 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 22 g 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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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."

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."

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"

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."

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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