Texas Style Steak Chili

This recipe is taken from Chef John Howie’s cookbook, Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table.

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  • Canola Oil ¼ cup
  • Onion – white, ¼” diced 4 cups
  • Beef – diced ¾” x 1” 2 ½ lbs
  • Tomato Sauce 1 ½ cups
  • Pineapple Juice 3/4 cup
  • Red Wine Vinegar 1 ½ tsp.
  • Chili Powder – mild ¼ cup
  • Ancho Chili Powder 1 ½ tsp.
  • Chipotle Chili Powder (measure carefully, very spicy) ¾ tsp.
  • Habanero Chili Powder (measure carefully, very spicy) 1/8 tsp.
  • Salt – kosher 2 tsp.
  • Sugar – granulated 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp.
  • Basil – ground ¾ tsp
  • Garlic – granulated ¾ tsp.
  • Paprika – sweet ¾ tsp.
  • Coriander – ground ¾ tsp.
  • Pepper, Black – ground ¾ tsp.
  • Cumin – ground ¾ tsp.
  • Bay Leaves 3 each


  • In a large stock pot or braising pan, place the oil begin to heat, add the beef and the onions and sear until the onions are tender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients bring to a simmer, lower heat, and cook covered for 6 hours. Stir occasionally, or the mix can be placed in a crock pot and cooked at
  • low temperature for 8 hours
  • Transfer, cool, label and hold refrigerated until needed.


  • Place the chili into a double boiler (or crock pot), heat until the chili is at 165°. Then hold at that temperature until needed.


  • Place the appropriate amount of chili into the cup or bowl. Top with the shredded cheddar, then the tortilla strips, the salsa and the cilantro sprig. Serve.


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Texas Style Steak Chili