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Spicy Steak and Black Bean Chili

Total time 8 hrs, 19 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Easy Side: Prepare batter from 2 (6-oz.) packages buttermilk cornbread mix according to package directions. Cook batter, in batches, in a preheated, oiled waffle iron until done.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless top sirloin steak, cubed*
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 (15.5-oz.) cans black beans
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (4.5-oz.) cans chopped green chiles
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (12-oz.) can beer
  • 1 (3.625-oz.) package chili seasoning kit
  • Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and avocado, sour cream, sliced green onions, chopped fresh cilantro

How to Make It

  1. Sauté steak in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until browned.

  2. Place steak in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker; stir in black beans and next 6 ingredients. Stir in packets from chili kit, omitting masa and red pepper packets. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

  3. *2 lb. ground round may be substituted. Omit oil. Brown ground round in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Proceed with recipe as directed. Hands-on time: 23 min.; Total time: 8 hr., 23 min.

  4. Note: We tested with Wick Fowler's 2-Alarm Chili Kit at one tasting and with 1 (4-oz.) package Carroll Shelby's Original Texas Brand Chili Kit at another.