Smoked Chipotle Steak Chili – Over The Fire Cooking
As the weather goes down, all I want is some spicy chili. It's hearty, rich, and filled with delicious meats and beans. This year I teamed up with BUSH'S® Beans to show off a simple but epic recipe: Smoked Chipotle Steak Chili. Filled to the brim with hearty and nutritious classic beans plus three smoky […]

As the weather goes down, all I want is some spicy chili. It's hearty, rich, and filled with delicious meats and beans. This year I teamed up with BUSH'S® Beans to show off a simple but epic recipe: Smoked Chipotle Steak Chili. Filled to the brim with hearty and nutritious classic beans plus three smoky tips for a nice savory touch. It is sure to warm you up during these winter months!

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All about that smoked chipotle steak chili

This chili is all about the beans and the steak! We'll start by seasoning our tri-tip using my chipotle style seasoning. Add the steak to the smoker at 275F, then we smoke it until it reaches around 130F internally for medium rare cooking. While some of you might think it's a bit overcooked than normal, the tri-tip is a fun little piece of meat. It contains a lot of fat; therefore, we need it to cook longer or we might end up with too scarce meat.

Once the steak is cooked, we will remove it and let it rest for 10 minutes. We will make the fire tear again so that we can grab the tri-tip and cut it into small cubes. This is when we can really start making the smoked chipotle steak chili.

chili smoked chipotle steak

Let's add some BUSH beans!

With the steak ready to go, we're going to preheat a Dutch oven for our cook's chili part. Searing the steak cubes, we will add the vegetables and seasoning to simmer for a few minutes.

Finally, we will add BUSH'S Mixed Chili Beans and BUSH'S Black beans in a sweet chili sauce. Don't drain the beans because we want all that flavor to be added to the chili! Toss all of this with the rest of the ingredients, and we're ready to have a hearty Chipotle Smoked Steak Chili!

You need good beans for chili

After the chili has simmered for about 1 to 2 hours, it should be thick enough to add to your bowl with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and red onions. This recipe is only epic because of the BUSH'S Beans itself! The nutritious and delicious beans from BUSH'S help make that perfect taste on the palate. Try this recipe yourself and see! Cheers!

chili smoked chipotle steak

chili smoked chipotle steak

chili smoked chipotle steak

Filled to the brim with hearty and nutritious classic beans plus three smoky tips for a nice savory touch. It is sure to warm you up during these winter months!

Classes: Main course

Cooked: American

Keyword: Smoked Chipotle Steak Chili

Portions: 8 people

Author: Derek wolf

Tri-Tip Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole tri-tip cut
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Chipotle seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Ingredients of Chile

  • Smoked Tri-Tip in cubes
  • 2 15.5 oz BUSH'S Mixed Pepper Bean Tins
  • 1 15.5 oz can of BUSH'S black beans in a sweet chili sauce
  • 1 big red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 a red onion chopped
  • 2 Jalapeños seeded and chopped
  • 4 Cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/4 Chopped off Ancho pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoon Cumin powder
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 Chopped off mashed chipotle or 1.5 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Chopped coriander
  • Chopped red onions
  • Sour cream
  • Monterey Jack cheese optional
  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the chipotle seasoning. Lather your tri-tip with canola oil, then carefully season the steak. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but ideal overnight.

  2. Preheat your fire for indirect cooking to an average temperature of 275F. Add shavings or pieces of wood to add a smoky flavor if desired.

  3. Add your tri-tip to the smoker and cook for about 1 hour or until it reaches internal 130F for medium rare cooking. Once cooked, remove the steak and let it sit for 10 minutes.

  4. Preheat your fire for direct cooking to a medium-high temperature of 375F. Add a grill to the heat 5 minutes before cooking.

  5. Add your steak to the grill and cook for about 1 minute per side until charred and caramelized. When finished, remove it and cut it into small cubes.

  6. Add a Dutch oven to the grill with canola oil. Add the steak cubes to the Dutch oven and sear for about 2-3 minutes. Once seared, add the diced peppers, onion, jalapeño peppers and garlic. Stir them while adding the ancho chili powder and ground cumin. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything is coated with seasoning and dark brown in color. Then add the BUSH'S Mixed Chili Beans and BUSH'S Black Beans in a mild chili sauce. Mix everything together, then add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and chipotle puree / hot sauce. Mix all of this and simmer for 1 to 2 hours until it reaches the desired thickness. If you like it to be thinner, add a little beef broth to the chili before you let it simmer!

  7. When the chili is cooked, remove it. Serve it with sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped red onions and cheese. Enjoy!

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