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Zesty Steak Chili

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Neil
    Nov 20, 2020

    Great dinner on a cold day! Follow the recipe and your family will love you! Keep in mind, this recipe is for a serving of 20!

  • krucook
    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
    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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    Jan 10, 2006

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