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Zippy Steak Chili

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


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, cook steak and onion in oil over medium heat until meat is browned. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  • 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.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Bush's Traditional Chili Starter.
Nutrition 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.

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  • sharringer
    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
    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.

  • sydonia
    Nov 30, 2010

    No comment left

  • djlanczok
    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
    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
    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.