Grilled Cowboy Calico Chili !

Colleen Sowa


This is a family favorite! We have made this on the grill and on the stove in the kitchen... it is always a hit!

We tend to grill extra steaks, and have the left over ones to chop up and make this recipe.

The children love all of the textures and colors from the ingredients. Tonight they all 4 asked for seconds!

Play with your food! xo

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15 - 20
15 Min
30 Min


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2 medium
(or large) steaks (grilled and chilled, cut up small )
3 c
water (or tomato juice)
3 large
onions (chopped)
6 - 8 large
tomatoes (cut up)
2 large
(or 1 huge) zucchini (chopped)
1 large
red bell pepper (chopped)
1 large
green bell pepper (chopped)
4 clove
garlic (minced)
1 bunch
cilantro, fresh (chopped)
1 can(s)
(15-16 ounces) whole kernel corn
2 Tbsp
basil, dried
1 Tbsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
salt (optional)
1 tsp
ground black pepper
2 tsp
garlic powder (do not use garlic salt!)
1/4 tsp
ground cayenne pepper
2 can(s)
(large) favorite cheap spaghetti sauce
2 can(s)
black beans
2 can(s)
kidney beans
3 can(s)
chili beans (already seasoned)


1 large
can tomato paste (for a thicker chili)

How to Make Grilled Cowboy Calico Chili !


  • 1Cut up the chilled steak into very small pieces. Place in large kettle with the water (or tomato juice). Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes while chopping veggies up.
  • 2Chop up the onion, tomato, peppers and zucchini. Add to the kettle with the steak (you can add more water or juice if desired).

    Bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and simmer until all the veggies are cooked (about 15 minutes).
  • 3Chopped Zucchini can be chopped large or small.
  • 4Add the pasta sauce.
  • 5Add canned beans and corn.
  • 6Add the spices.

    Simmer for 10 minutes
  • 7Serve!

    *** If you like a thinner chili, add more liquid. If you want a thicker chili add a large can of tomato paste.

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About Grilled Cowboy Calico Chili !

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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