Steak Fajita Chili

The cooler temperatures have finally arrived and in our house that means bowls of chili, soup and stew will start to appear again on a regular basis! The smell of the ingredients slowly cooking together makes me want to invite family and friends over to share a bowl (or two)! If you like steak fajitas, this one is for you! The recipe below is adapted from one I found in Cooking Light. I love it with a little shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and diced avocado on top! Try it out and enjoy!
Xx, Heather


1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 beef chuck-eye steak cut into 1 inch cubes

1 white onion, halved and thinly sliced

8 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Tablespoon chopped, canned chipolte chile in adobo sauce

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 – 15oz. cans, unsalted dark red kindey beans, rinsed and drained

1 – 28oz. can, unsalted diced tomatoes, do not drain

2 cups, unsalted chicken stock

1 – 15oz. can, unsalted pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups, yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

1 1/2 cups, red bell pepper, cut into strips

1/2 cups, orange bell pepper, cut into strips

1 ripe avocado, diced

1/2 cup sour cream (can use low-fat if you wish)

1/2 cup shredded colby & monterey jack cheese

1/2 cup, chopped green onions for garnish (optional)

Radishes, thinly sliced for garnish (optional)


1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add steak pieces, cook, stirring occationally until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove browned steak and set aside.

2. Add onion and garlic to pan. Occasionally stir until the onion is tender, about 6 minutes.

3. Stir in chili powder, chipotle chile, and cumin; cook, stirring constantly for a minute. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, pinto beans and salt. Bring to a boil.

4. Return steak, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.

5. Stir in bell peppers and cook until steak is tender, approximately 35-45 minutes.

6. Serve chili in bowls and garnish with desired toppings – avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, and sliced radishes.