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Chris' Chili

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars

"This is my personal recipe, and it has won over 12 chili cook-offs, and I figured I'd share. It is a medium steak and bean chili. If I had to compare it, it would be similar to Steak N' Shake's chili, but better! It's rather involved, but trust me. Worth every minute! Try it. You will not be disappointed! "
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2 h 20 m servings 305
Original recipe yields 14 servings


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  1. Prepare soup from a packet of onion soup mix according to the package directions, and set 1 1/2 cups aside.
  2. Place bacon grease into a large stainless steel soup pot over medium-high heat, and cook and stir the cubed round and sirloin steak meat in the bacon fat until well browned, about 10 minutes. Pour in the reserved onion soup, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 7 minutes, stirring to dissolve any browned flavor bits from the pot.
  3. Stir in salt, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, kidney beans, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid burning the bottom, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cocoa powder, cola, and hot sauce, and simmer for 20 more minutes. Serve hot.


  • Cook's Notes
  • Placing steaks in freezer for about 15 minutes will stiffen them up and make them easier to cut.
  • To get bacon grease, cook about 4 slices of bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon slices (save cooked bacon for another use). Retain about 1/4 cup of bacon grease; discard the rest, if any.
  • Use regular cola, not diet or caffeine-free.
  • You can serve immediately, but for best results, transfer into the insert of a slow cooker, and chill for at least 8 hours to overnight. (you can keep the chili refrigerated up to 48 hours if need be). When ready to serve, heat in covered slow cooker on High for about 3 hours; then set to Low for serving.
  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 305 calories; 10.8 20.2 31.6 69 710 Full nutrition

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Add another first place chili cookoff win!! I followed this recipe exactly and just won first place in a chili cookoff!! Will definitely be making this again. My DH and son went wild for it. ...

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Too thick for our family.

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Add another first place chili cookoff win!! I followed this recipe exactly and just won first place in a chili cookoff!! Will definitely be making this again. My DH and son went wild for it. ...

Add a 2nd place trophy to the trophy rack, Chris! In stiff competition, this recipe hung in there for the red ribbon at USCG Training Center Yorktown's Annual Spring Fling Chili Cookoff. I made ...

I just finished making this chili and holy cow its fabulous. I can't wait to taste it once its had a chance to sit in the fridge and all the flavors have had a chance meld together. I will def...

Made this for my family. Meat came out really tender and it had a really good flavor. I used franks red hot instead of texas pete. The only thing I would suggest is adding a couple of Jalapeno p...

Wow, outstanding. Won 3rd place at a chili cook off. Added sriracha at the end because I wanted a little more heat. Also, make sure to brown meat in small batches or otherwise you'll be boili...

My two teen age boys ate almost all of it immediately. I fixed it in the evening so I could reheat it the next day but there wasn't much to reheat. Each added it to their favorite meals list w...

Just won first place with this recipe!! Thanks for sharing it!

Made your chili recipe with a few additions, I didn't have the onion soup mix but added a chopped onion, chopped celery and 5 chopped up garlic cloves. Used ground beef and I added a jar of med...

Made this for a football game and everybody loved it! Some said it was the best chili they've ever had! The meat isn't exactly cheap, but it is worth the price. Isn't very hard to make, just put...