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    Cowboy Steak Chili in a Crock Pot

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    8 hrs 30 mins

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    VLizzle's Note:

    While searching for an authentic Texas Style Chili, I discovered this recipe from There are so many chili recipes with many variations for all types of taste buds, but this one really knocked my socks off. While the chili recipe above will stand up even if all you add is chili powder, this mix will give it more complex depth of flavor. The idea comes from Cowboy Steak, where the essential “Cowboy” element is ground coffee. Was this the result of a creative campfire cook. Or some happy chuck wagon mistake? You can also use this seasoning to make Cowboy Steak. If you do, it is traditional to add onion powder and garlic powder to the mix. You may want to mix up enough to use later as a dry rub for ribs or chops or even chicken. If you do, bloom the mixture just before using. The only change I made was to cook the chili for 8 hours on low in the crock pot before serving. I truly believe that one of the secrets to good chili is a looooooonnnnngggg cooking time. YEEHAA

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    Serves: 10-12



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    The Meat

    • 1 lb sirloin steak, cubed bite-size
    • 4 slices bacon (or 3 Tbsp vegetable oil)
    • 1 lb chorizo sausage (or ground pork)

    The Aromatics

    The Other Good Stuff

    Cowboy Steak Seasoning


    1. 1
      Turn the crock pot on to high.
    2. 2
      Prepare the Cowboy Steak Seasoning following the separate recipe posting.
    3. 3
      Roll cubed steak around in the seasoning mix until they are thoroughly coated.
    4. 4
      In a large, heavy fry pan over medium high heat, brown off the bacon (if using) until crisp.
    5. 5
      Remove and drain on paper towels or clean newspaper, reserving the drippings.
    6. 6
      Brown the coated cubes of steak in the bacon drippings (or oil), working in batches if necessary.
    7. 7
      Transfer browned steak to the crock pot.
    8. 8
      Add the chorizo or pork and cook it down, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
    9. 9
      Transfer the chorizo or pork to the crock pot.
    10. 10
      Add all the “aromatics” to the fry pan and sweat them down, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
    11. 11
      Transfer them to the crock pot.
    12. 12
      Stir in all the “other good stuff” and the reserved bacon to the crock pot.
    13. 13
      If there’s not enough liquid to cover, add some beef stock or more beer. Put the lid on.
    14. 14
      Let the mixture come to a simmer, taste and adjust the seasoning to taste and let it simmer at least another hour. The longer the better!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 01, 2008


      5 stars for the phrase 'more beer' in the directions o/

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    • on January 28, 2013


      This is the BEST recipe I have ever had!! And I love chili! I made this for my family's Christmas celebration the day before I served it. It was fantastic! I followed the recipe to a "T" I doubled the recipe which made a TON and it was almost all gone! There were 4 other chilis and 3 soups there too! The next day we ate leftovers and again it was even better than the day before! I am making this for my annual superbowl chili cookoff party and I know I will win. It was so good! I am going to make it on Firday and keep it in my fridge until Sunday. Best chili!

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    • on January 26, 2013


      Just won 1st Place at a neighborhood Chili Cookoff with this recipe. Followed the recipe exactly. The texture was great with the steak/bacon/chorizo. Added the optional can of corn and used "Newcastle Brown Ale" for the beer. This is a little labor intensive but well worth it. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy.....

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    Nutritional Facts for Cowboy Steak Chili in a Crock Pot

    Serving Size: 1 (345 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 456.6
    Calories from Fat 234
    Total Fat 26.0 g
    Saturated Fat 9.6 g
    Cholesterol 76.1 mg
    Sodium 1185.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.8 g
    Sugars 7.1 g
    Protein 27.3 g

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    coffee beans

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