3-Bean and Steak Chili

Geoffry Le Cher


Chili is an intensely personal dish… what may be ‘the world’s best’ for you may not be for others.
Having said this, and in an effort not to offend any chili-sensibilities out there, suffice it to say, “This is MY best chili.”

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The flavors of this chili are amazing! There are a lot of spices in this recipe and they're paired perfectly. The textures in this chili were wonderful too. This was a HUGE hit around the test kitchen. The Test Kitchen


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2 Tbsp
olive oil
2 lb
chuck steak, lean, 1" cubes
salt and pepper to taste


2 Tbsp
minced garlic
1 large
white onion, coarse chopped
1/2 c
reposado (gold or aged) tequila
1 can(s)
28 oz stewed tomato
2 can(s)
14.5 oz diced tomato
1 c
low sodium chicken broth
2 can(s)
4.5 oz chopped green chilies
1 jar(s)
14 oz salsa verde
1 can(s)
15.5 oz dark kidney beans
1 can(s)
15.5 oz pinto beans
1 can(s)
15.5 oz black beans
1 bunch
fresh cilantro-chopped to 1/2 cup or so
5 dash(es)
hot sauce
2 Tbsp
adobo with chopped chipotle


1 Tbsp
(to taste) chipotle chili powder-adds smokiness
1 Tbsp
(to taste) ancho chili powder-adds sweet heat
1 Tbsp
(to taste) mexican chili powder-adds heat
1 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp
dried cilantro
2 Tbsp
dried oregano (mexican is prefered)
1 Tbsp
adobo powder
2 Tbsp
ground cumin


2 c
low-fat sour cream
1 Tbsp


whole wheat tortillas
fresh cilantro-chopped
monterey jack cheese, shedded
dollop of the crema

How to Make 3-Bean and Steak Chili


  • 1Heat on high a heavy skillet.
  • 2Add oil, heat oil to almost smoke point.
  • 3Add beef and sear. S & P to taste. Remove meat and reserve.
  • 4Deglaze with 1/4 c. of tequila.
  • 5In hot skillet, add oinion and garlic and saute until brown.
  • 6Move meat, onions and all of the juices to large 6-qt kettle.
  • 7Add canned tomatoes, salsa verde, hot sauce, spices, canned chilies, cilantro and adobo w/chipotles (DO NOT add beans or chicken broth).
  • 8Bring to bare simmer and maintain over low heat for 3 hours, with cover slightly off to assit in evaporation.
  • 9As chili stews, mix sour cream and 1 tbs cumin. Refrigerate.
  • 10After 3 hours. Turn off and remove from heat. Allow to cool.
  • 111 hour before service, return kettle to medium heat, add beans (NOT DRAINED), the remainder ofo the tequila and taste for spiciness. Add chicken broth as necessary to tone it down (or add more chili if you dare!)
  • 12Serve with warm tortillas, and top chili with cheese, fresh cilantro and a dollop of the crema you made (the crema also helps cool off the dish). A nice dark Mexican Beer goes really well with this dish... I'm just saying.


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About 3-Bean and Steak Chili

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Collections: World Food Champs, Chili

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