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8 hrs 30 mins
While searching for an authentic Texas Style Chili, I discovered this recipe from http://recipes.suite101.com/article.cfm/cowboy_steak_chili. 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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- 1 lb sirloin steak, cubed bite-size
- 4 slices bacon (or 3 Tbsp vegetable oil)
- 1 lb chorizo sausage (or ground pork)
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, smashed
The Other Good Stuff
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
- 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (16 ounce) can corn (optional)
- 1 (16 ounce) bottle dark beer or 1 (16 ounce) bottle ale
- 1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
Cowboy Steak Seasoning
- 1Turn the crock pot on to high.
- 2Prepare the Cowboy Steak Seasoning following the separate recipe posting.
- 3Roll cubed steak around in the seasoning mix until they are thoroughly coated.
- 4In a large, heavy fry pan over medium high heat, brown off the bacon (if using) until crisp.
- 5Remove and drain on paper towels or clean newspaper, reserving the drippings.
- 6Brown the coated cubes of steak in the bacon drippings (or oil), working in batches if necessary.
- 7Transfer browned steak to the crock pot.
- 8Add the chorizo or pork and cook it down, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
- 9Transfer the chorizo or pork to the crock pot.
- 10Add all the “aromatics” to the fry pan and sweat them down, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
- 11Transfer them to the crock pot.
- 12Stir in all the “other good stuff” and the reserved bacon to the crock pot.
- 13If there’s not enough liquid to cover, add some beef stock or more beer. Put the lid on.
- 14Let 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!
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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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