Karen: Don’t you hate it when you buy a shirt and after one wash it never looks the same again?

Eric: It’s called ironing.

Karen: So…yeah. It will never look the same again.


True story. It’s not even just that I hate ironing (which I do, with a fiery passion) but I’m just terrible at it. Eric iron’s one of his dress shirts in like 3 minutes flat, me? 20 minutes, if I’m lucky. And it still looks like crap.


Do you have a favorite chili recipe? I didn’t, until now. I always thought they all tasted kind of the same. (Except for the really sweet ones that have brown sugar in them, I hate those.) Chili is so great for fall. It just makes me want to cozy up with a book wearing slippers and a sweater. And a wrinkled shirt, no doubt.

This chili recipe is The-Same-But-Different. (You know what I mean.) It still tastes like classic chili, but has a nice chipotle twist. I love it. Oh, and steak. Did I mention the steak?

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Chipotle Chili with Steak

This tastes like classic chili, but it has a nice chipotle twist. I love it. Oh, and steak. Did I mention the steak?


  • 1 & 1/2 pounds boneless beef shoulder top blade, flat iron steak
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion, 2 large
  • 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper, 1 large
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 teaspoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped*
  • 2 15-oz cans kidney beans, pinto beans and/or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Use a serrated knife to trim the fat from the steak. Chop into bite-size pieces, about 3/4 inch. Pat them with a paper towel (don't stress about it, just a quick pat) and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Add half the meat (or 1/3, if your pot is not very wide on the bottom) and cook until browned on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate, and repeat until all the meat is browned, adding more oil as necessary.
  • Add onion, sweet pepper, and garlic to the meat drippings and cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Drain the fat. Add the chili powder, basil, and pepper. Return the meat to the pot. Stir in chopped chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce.
  • Stir in beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to about medium low. Simmer, covered, for an hour, until meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Top each serving with sour cream and shredded cheese.


*You can find chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce in the the Latin aisle at the grocery store. You will never use an entire can for anything ever (probably. Send me that recipe and prove me wrong.) So take what you need and put the rest in a labeled ziplock and freeze it. The chipotle I used for this batch was already in my freezer. It works great, I promise.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 161 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 19 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 51 mg, Sodium: 87 mg, Potassium: 420 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 946 IU, Vitamin C: 27 mg, Calcium: 38 mg, Iron: 2 mg