Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage

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Spicy Five Bean Chili Steak Chili is a family favorite all winter long. Start it in the morning and let it simmer on its own all day.

Does anything smell better in the fall than a spicy pot of chili simmering on the stove?

Five Bean Steak and Sausage Chili - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Last year, my friend Shannon brought a huge pot of chili to an event and it was absolutely perfect. I’ve been making chili for years and mine was never bad, but it was also never amazing.

I pestered her for the recipe and she was sweet enough to send it to me. I could not believe that our recipes were virtually identical save for one ingredient.

That one ingredient though? It made the difference between an “okay” chili recipe and a chili that can knock your socks off.

This chili makes me so happy. It makes me grin when I smell it throughout the house and I look forward to dinner all day long.

Whether I make it on the stove or in the slow cooker, the smell of cooking chili brings so much joy and comfort to my day.

Steak Chili with five beans and sausage - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Tender steak, spicy sausage, five different varieties of beans, tomatoes, and chilis all combine to make this a spectacular chili. Don’t be fooled by the long list of ingredients! This is a very simple recipe and doesn’t take long at all to throw it together in the morning.

I like to let it simmer on low most of the day if possible. Letting it simmer for hours really gives a chance for all the flavors of the steak, sausage and chilies to mingle.

I almost always grab a bowl of this chili for lunch if I start it early enough. I just can’t resist.

Chili Beans

This Steak Chili Recipe is similar to many other chili recipes I’ve tried, with the exception of one ingredient. That ingredient makes all the difference in the taste.

The ingredient is the Ranch Style Beans!

They’re tossed in with all the other beans and something about them is just magical. I kid you not.

I had never bought Ranch Style Beans before in my life. I have tried unsuccessfully to recreate the flavor and taste from scratch for the past year and I haven’t even come close. If any of you have found a way to create that taste at home, I would love to hear about it. 

Ranch Style Chili beans are full of delicious spices that just work so well along with the sausage and steak in this recipe. It’s really worth using Ranch Style Beans in this recipe!

Steak and Sausage Chili - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Steak Chili

I’ve made my share of chilis with chicken, several with ground beef, and even Vegetarian Chili.

Steak Chili has a distinct flavor and texture that you don’t get from chili made with other kinds of meats. I also like using spicy sausage in this recipe, cooked to perfection and crumbled.

This Five Bean Steak and Sausage Chili is good however you like to eat your chili. Serve over baked potatoes, macaroni, or rice or alongside a thick slice of cornbread. It’s delicious topped with cheese, sour cream and Cornbread Croutons, or enjoyed all on its own.

Trust me, this chili is delicious every which way!

How to Make Chili

This recipe starts by cooking your steak. The way you cook the steak doesn’t matter too much. You can grill, broil or cook the steaks on the stove and they will turn out just fine. I usually like to season my steak with salt, pepper, and garlic on each side while it cooks.

Once the steak is done, simply add it to a large stockpot with all your other ingredients and bring the whole thing to a simmer. Let it cook at a simmer for 4-6 hours at least, or on low heat all day long.

In my experience, cooking this chili for a longer time over lower heat results in the best flavor. So even though you might be tempted to dig in after a few hours, try to resist! The longer it simmers on the stove or in the crock-pot the better it will be!

Five Bean Steak and Sausage Chili is a hearty meal for a chilly night!

Large Batch Chili Recipe

In case you can’t tell at first glance, this is a HUGE recipe. It can serve my whole family with plenty leftover. This makes it a great dish to make for parties and big family gatherings.

I usually make the full batch and then freeze it in large and small containers for full family meals and for individual lunches. No one ever regretted having extra chili in their freezer!

Spicy Five Bean Steak Chili is even better the next day, so I often make it ahead of time and then warm it up on the day I want to serve it. It heats up beautifully on the stovetop or in the microwave.

This recipe could easily be reduced to make less chili but I enjoy having it in my freezer whenever possible, so I rarely make a smaller batch. I figure if I am going to let it simmer most of the day, I might as well get several meals out of it.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are making this chili in a standard-sized crock-pot, you will need to reduce the recipe by half to fit! 

Steak Chili with five different beans and spicy sausage - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

More chili recipes on this site you might love are Hearty Pepper Chili, Tomato Chicken Chili, and Creamy White Chicken Chili. If you’re after a chili recipe without beans, give this Slow Cooker No-Bean Chili by Sugar-Free Mom a try.

 Kitchen Tip: I use this pot to make chili.

Steak Chili Recipe

  1. Cook your meats as shown above and add them to a very big pot. Add all the other ingredients listed and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally and then reduce heat to low.
  2. Simmer (mine doesn’t quite simmer, but I like it best that way on low heat) all day or at least 4-6 hours.
  3. Stir every couple of hours and try to resist the urge to eat it all day long. Serve topped with cheese and sour cream for the perfect fall meal.
Crockpot Directions: FIRST – reduce the recipe by HALF, the full recipe will not fit in a crockpot. To make this in a slow coooker, combine all ingredients, stir, and cook on low all day.

How To Freeze Chili

Let the soup cool completely before transferring to freezer-safe containers. Soup can be reheated in the microwave or it can be thawed first and then reheated on the stove-top.

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Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage

Spicy Five Bean Chili filled with steak and sausage is a family favorite all winter long. 
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 -36 servings, depending on size (recipe fills an 8 quart pot)

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 lb flank steak or whatever beef is on sale, cut into steaks and then grilled, broiled or cooked to your liking – I usually season mine with salt, pepper and garlic on each side as it is cooking
  • 1 lb hot sausage cooked and crumbled
  • 3 14oz cans ranch style beans
  • 3 cups pre-cooked black beans or 2 cans
  • 3 cups pre-cooked great northern beans or 2 cans
  • 3 cups pre-cooked pinto beans or 2 cans
  • 3 cups pre-cooked light red kidney beans or 2 cans
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 14oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 10oz cans diced tomatoes with green chili
  • 1 cup of roasted peeled and chopped green chili or equal amount of frozen or canned green chili
  • 1 onion chopped small
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped small
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped small
  • 4 tablespoons taco seasoning I keep this mixture on hand at all times

Instructions

  • Cook your meats as shown above and add them to a very big pot. Add all the other ingredients listed and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally and then reduce heat to low. Simmer (actually, mine doesn’t quite simmer, but I like it best that way on low heat) all day or at least 4-6 hours.  I stir mine every couple of hours and try to resist the urge to eat it all day long. Serve topped with cheese and sour cream for the perfect fall meal. Enjoy!
  • CROCKPOT: This works very nicely in the crockpot as well. Just put everything
  • together as listed above and let it cook on low all day. If you are
  • cooking this in a crockpot, definitely reduce the recipe by at least
  • half to make less chili.
  • FREEZER
  • MEAL: Let the soup cool completely before transferring to freezer safe
  • containers. Soup can be reheated in the microwave or it can be thawed first and
  • then reheated on the stove-top.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal · Carbohydrates: 31g · Protein: 22g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 40mg · Sodium: 325mg · Potassium: 780mg · Fiber: 10g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 365IU · Vitamin C: 22.5mg · Calcium: 78mg · Iron: 4.2mg
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{originally published 10/18/11 – recipe notes updated 8/21/19}

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  1. Mary says

    Thank you so much for that link! I just printed the recipe to try soon. Thank you!!

    YES! When I make this, I use a HUGE pot. I usually make it in a 12 or 16 quart pot, because I hate it when a pot is close to overflowing. I might be able to get it all in my 8 quart, but I can't imagine how it fit in your 6 quart! I hope you love it.

  2. Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño says

    Thanks so much for sharing this AMAZING recipe on A Healthy Jalapeño's Fall Harvest Blog Hop. There is nothing I love more in the fall than warm hearty chili!!!! {and always with a little spice}

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  3. Pamela says

    I am visiting my friend and using her computer. Yesterday Lisa and her neighbors had their 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off. This was the first one I attended. There were 8 entries. One of those entries was mine. I chose to make a vegetarian chili which was nice but unless you are a vegetarian per se you probably want meat in your chili. Lisa chose to make the aforementioned Spicy Five Bean Chili with Meat and Sausage. To give you the bottom line I can say that Lisa won the contest and that was after much chili eating. Remember, there were 8 different Chili's. Lots of beans for all. In fact ,everyone who attended the event could now be considered a Weapon of Mass Destruction. No one should light a match anywhere near New Hampshire for a few days. All of the chili's were decent but Lisa's was overwhelmingly the best. The right hit/hint of spice and her meat remained soft unlike all the others who used either beef or a meat that did not take so well to long term cooking/crockpot. The sausage/flank steak combo was right on and the mixture of beans was a little out of the ordinary. This is on my list the next time I go to make chili.

  4. Malia Garza says

    Why is there no chili in this chili bean recipe.? Taco seasoning is not a good substitute for cayenne powder or tobacco sauce or any other chili powder.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Malia, the beauty of cooking is being able to adjust things to your own tastes. There is an abundance of chili powder, cayenne, and several other spices in taco seasoning. I typically make my own, but store-bought mixes will work fine as well.

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