Our Best Chili Recipe AKA Steak Chili – My family’s favorite chili recipe is loaded with hearty ingredients, deep flavor, and a little spice! This impressive steak chili with beer takes less than an hour, but tastes as though it’s been cooking all day.

Steak chili served in a white bowl and topped with cilantro.

Seriously: The BEST Stovetop Chili Recipe Ever

This Steak Chili Recipe is also my best chili recipe and a real crowd-pleaser.

It was birthed out of a conversation with a friend about standard chili issues: too spicy, not spicy enough, too many beans, oily consistency, takes too long to make, and the biggy, flat flavor. Why even bother?

It’s a common mistake to add spicy heat to chili, instead of depth, leaving your chili with a monotone “chili powder” taste and a little after-burn.

In my opinion, shallow chili is nearly as bad as a shallow friend! Simply unacceptable.

Overhead shot of steak chili served in a white bowl with cilantro.

Beer Chili Recipe… with Steak

My friend asked for a chili recipe with deep flavor and the perfect meat-bean ratio. I aim to deliver.

The Best Chili Recipe is simple and straight-forward, with a dark yeasty note. The beer, masa, steak, and sausage elevate the flavor and round out the chili powder taste.

The addition of red pepper, carrots, and a touch of sugar brings a sweetness that perfectly balances the heat.

This recipe is something I can proudly serve to nearly every friend I have, because really, who doesn’t enjoy a big bowl of thick, meaty chili? It’s a cozy, no-frills meal that puts people at ease.

Bonus: Start to finish this easy stovetop chili recipe takes less than an hour to prepare fresh, and can be meal-prepped well in advance! You will learn how to make beer chili in no time!

Easy Chili Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive oil – To sauté the veggies and spices.
  • Sirloin steak – Diced. Or in a pinch, you can substitute ground beef.
  • Ground pork sausage – For extra depth of flavor.
  • Masa – Corn flour. This thickens the chili and offers a touch of rustic flavor.
  • Ancho chile powder – For a smoky-sweet chili flavor.
  • Cayenne – To add a little extra heat.
  • Cumin – For a defined smoky undertone.
  • Dried oregano – To balance the chili with sweet herby essence.
  • Onions and garlic – For zesty balance.
  • Red bell pepper – For sweetness and tang.
  • Carrots – To add color and sweetness.
  • Brown sugar – To balance the heat.
  • Crushed tomatoes – To create the base of the chili.
  • Pinto beans – Or kidney beans.
  • Mild flavored beer – I like to go with light Mexican beer. (You can also select a Gluten-Free beer if needed!)
Ladle of steak chili with beer with the whole pot of chili in the background.

How To Make Steak Chili

  1. Sauté the Veggies. Heat the oil and add the onions, peppers, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Brown the Meat. Add the chopped steak and sausage and cook until brown.
  3. Spice It Up! Add the masa, chile powder, cumin, oregano, salt, sugar, tomatoes, beans, and beer. Scrape the bottom to deglaze.
  4. Simmer. Reduce the heat and cook at least another 30 minutes.

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Bowl of steak chili with beans in a white bowl.

Tips & Variations

  • Don’t like beans in your chili? Skip them! You might want to add some extra meat to make up for the loss of beans, but this chili would be just as delicious without the beans.
  • If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you can omit the beer and replace it with chicken or beef broth instead.
  • Keep in mind that cayenne pepper is pretty spicy, so if you are adverse to spice, add less than the recommended amount and add more if needed!
  • If you are using a lower quality steak, allow the stew to simmer a bit longer, for about an hour! This will ensure super tender beef chili!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Steak and Beer Chili Be Meal Prepped in Advance?

Definitely! The flavors of this easy stovetop chili continue to improve over time, making it perfect for enjoying for several days as lunches or quick dinners.

Keep the leftovers sealed in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or well-sealed in the freezer for up to 3 months. If freezing, I recommend storing in a container and also wrapping with aluminum foil to help prevent freezer burn.

Is it Possible to Make This Steak Chili Recipe in an Instant Pot?

You certainly can, although my stovetop chili recipe is so quick, you probably won’t save that much time using an Instant Pot. But go for it!

Simply use the Sauté function on your Instant Pot to cook the veggies and proteins per the recipe, stir in the remaining ingredients, and use the beer to deglaze and scrape the bottom of the pot. Cook on Manual High Pressure setting for 18 minutes, and do a Natural Release once done. Stir and serve!

How About in a Slow Cooker?

You absolutely can make the best chili in a slow cooker!

Sauté ingredients per the original recipe, and add to the crock along with all other ingredients EXCEPT the beans. Stir, cover, and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

About 30 minutes before you’re ready to serve, stir in the beans and leave the lid off to complete cooking.

Steak chili with beer and sausage served in a white bowl with cilantro.

Serving Suggestions

My steak chili recipe is amazing on its own, but everyone knows that chili is best with all the toppings and some amazing sides! Top your chili off with a dollop of sour cream, Fritos or tortilla chips, some cheddar cheese, and fresh cilantro! And serve it alongside some of my personal favorites:

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Steak Chili with Beer

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
The Best Chili Recipe a.k.a. Steak Chili – My family's favorite chili recipe is loaded with hearty ingredients, deep flavor, and a little spice! This impressive stovetop chili takes less than an hour, but tastes as though it's been cooking all day.
Servings: 8



  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions


  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Next add the chopped steak and sausage and cook until brown, 8-10 minutes, breaking up all the meat clumps.
  • Add the masa, chile powder, cumin and oregano. Cook another 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the salt, sugar, tomatoes, beans, and beer. Scrape the bottom to deglaze.
  • Reduce the heat and cook at least another 30 minutes, partially covered, until flavors are well combined and the chili has thickened. Stir occasionally.
  • Add a couple dashes of cayenne pepper for extra heat. Serve with favorite toppings along with tortilla chips or cornbread!


I make this beer chili recipe with half steak (diced for faster cooking) and half sausage, although you could use ground beef instead of steak to save money.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 379kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 1011mg, Potassium: 818mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 3410IU, Vitamin C: 30.9mg, Calcium: 99mg, Iron: 4.6mg
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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