Searing the steak in this recipe is optional, but it really does add a deep, rich flavor to the meat as well as the base of this hearty, delicious cowboy chili.
Using steak in place of ground meat really makes this chili stand apart: it’s thick, rich, hearty and chunky with an amazing steak flavor. The veggies and beans add a lot of fiber and nutrition, and the base of broth makes it very healthy and nutrient-dense, especially if you use homemade bone broth.
Start this full-flavored chili by searing the steak in a very hot skillet to achieve nice browning. You may need to sear the beef batches so that you don’t overcrowd the skillet.
2 T coconut oil or bacon grease
2 lb sirloin steak, cut into small cubes
1 finely chopped white onion
1 large, finely chopped jalapeno chile, plus sliced jalapeno chile for garnish