For football fans looking for hearty make-ahead party food, this Tri-Tip Steak Chili Recipe is the real deal for game day.
No training camp required for this recipe, but it is best made ahead of time so you can enjoy the game too.
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Some like their chili hot and spicy, lots of beans, chunky tomatoes, or hearty and meaty—there are endless preferences.
This recipe is one of the hearty and meaty varieties with an abundance of cubed steak for the carnivores in your life. Win or lose, spicy or mild, steak chili is a crowd-pleaser any day of the week.
Why tri-tip is a great choice for steak chili
Also known as Newport steaks and triangle steaks or roasts, tri-tip is an excellent value-cut highly recommend for grilling and ordinarily only cook to medium-rare.
However, this versatile cut of beef also makes fantastic steak chili because there’s no hassle with connective tissue and it doesn’t get stringy or fall apart.
The whole point of making steak chili is to feel like your eating steak, not shredded roast, right?
The prep for this recipe is easier if you can start with tri-tip steak, but tri-tip roast works just as well. If working with a roast, it is important to cut the roast against the grain into 1/2-inch steaks, then cut into cubes.
Tri-Tip Steak Chili
- 5-6 pounds tri-tip steak or roast cut into ½” cubes
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon Paul Prudhomme Meat Magic optional
- 2 medium onions chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup red wine or more beef stock
- 3 (15 ounce cans) kidney beans drained
- 3 (15 ounce cans) pinto beans drained
- 2 (15 ounce cans) black beans drained
- 5 (15 ounce cans) diced, fire-roasted tomatoes Muir Glen
- 2 (10 ounce cans) Rotel tomatoes drained
- 1 cup 505 Southwestern diced green chilies
- 1 ½ - 2 cups beef stock depending on thickness desired
- 1 tablespoon (hickory) liquid smoke flavoring
- 1 package Caroll Shelby's Chili Mix
- Sea salt and ground black pepper
- Cut steak into small, 1/4" bite-size pieces, trimming away any large pieces of fat. Mix onion powder, garlic powder, Meat Magic, oregano, and cumin in a small dish, set aside.
- In a large skillet, sauté 1/3 of the onion and garlic in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 1/3 of the steak to the skillet and brown over medium-high heat (small batches allow the meat to brown better).
- As the steak pieces brown, sprinkle with 1/3 of the mixed spices. Once browned, add 1/3 cup of the red wine to loosen any browned bits and simmer 2 to 3 minutes to evaporate some of the wine. Repeat these steps with each batch and transfer to a large pot (12-quart is ideal).
- While meat is browning, add the following to the pot: Drained beans, all tomatoes, chilies, and liquid smoke. Continue adding the batches of browned meat and onion to the larger pot when done.
- Once all the meat is browned and in the pot with the beans, tomatoes, and chiles, add enough beef stock to the pot to thin to desired consistency.
- Sprinkle the Caroll Shelby's chili seasoning over the top and stir-in. *You can start by adding half the seasoning packet and then add more after the chili has cooked for 30 minutes, to desired taste.
- Note: Within the package is a small container of masa harina flour, salt, and cayenne--we do not use the cayenne in this recipe, but you can for more spice, if desired.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook covered for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or place in a crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.
- Final Step: The last 15 minutes of cooking, mix masa harina flour (small, yellow packet in the chili mix package) with 1/2 cup of water in a small bowl until smooth. Stir into chili and cook for 10 to 15 minutes; this will thicken the chili and round out the flavors. Salt and pepper, to taste.
Top with your choice of cheese, scallions, cilantro, or sour cream. Serve with corn bread crouton or saltine crackers on the side.
Pass the Chipotle Tabasco Sauce for those looking for a little excitement when the game doesn’t hold their interest. A splash or two is all it takes!
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