steak & poblano chili

steak and poblano chili

Hurricane Sandy came and went through our little town without much damage. We were really lucky; we lost some trees and our power for a day but were otherwise untouched. She did leave behind a craving for comfort food that I haven’t quite been able to kick, although I’m sure the colder temperatures have something to do with that, too. Winter seems to have rolled in just behind Sandy and doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon.

It’s been an incredibly busy time for us this past week. There was Sandy, of course, which put my schedule back a couple of days and playing catch up wasn’t easy. My parents arrived to close on their house here in VA (squee!!) which was also pushed back a few days due to Sandy. Once we got the go-ahead that the house really did belong to them, we all sprang into action to unload, clean and schedule the plumbers, roofers, oil company and others who will be part of our process in getting the house where it needs to be. It needs a lot of work but it will be such a great house once we’re done!

In the middle of all that, I spent a day at Metro Cooking DC, where I taught two sessions on “Plating & Presentation”. It was a very long day but also incredibly fun! I love meeting new people and talking shop all day. I still have to pinch myself sometimes that this is my full-time job and no longer just a hobby.

steak and poblano chili

But back to that comfort food. My sister and her kids spent the night last Saturday, along with my parents, so we had quite the full house. A good chili seemed like an appropriate dish since no one knew exactly when they were arriving. I made some corn cakes on the cast iron griddle, too, and (of course!) a pitcher of margaritas or two. This is one of my favorite chili recipes. You do need to simmer it for at least a couple of hours so the steak gets tender, unless you opt for a better cut. I like using a cheaper cut here though since simmering will get it nice and tender. And don’t be tempted to skip roasting the poblanos – it adds such a nice flavor that you won’t want to miss!


  1. says

    Up until today, it’s still been in the 80’s! But by the weekend, it’s supposed to drop into the 60’s and probably stay there. So soups, stews, and this chili…here I come!

  2. says

    Glad your parents arrived safely and they’ve closed on their new house! Exciting times for all of you. And this chili was a great way to celebrate – terrific flavors. I love chipotle in my chili, too. Although I really like spicy, so I’d up the amount a bit. ;-) Good stuff – thanks.

  3. says

    My eyes were watering so much from a chili craving that I thought you said you made corn “flakes” on the cast iron griddle. (I was about to bid an overdue adieu to Kellogs.)

    Homemade chili and margaritas make the world a brighter place. Congrats on your new permanent gig!

  4. says

    This is the perfect time of year for chili, and it’s a great choice for a crowd. So glad to hear Sandy didn’t cause too much damage for you. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

    • says

      I promise you, it doesn’t need a thing! But having said that, everyone’s tastes are different, so if you feel like it needs a little honey, I say drizzle away ;-) Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

  5. Shane Curtis says

    What a great looking steak chili! I would love to try my hand at making this. Every recipe of yours that I have tried has been amazing – Thanks!

  6. Carolyn says

    Kristy, you’ve made me so happy with this recipe. A hearty chili recipe that doesn’t include beans! That makes it much lower carb for me. And it includes beer too…win!


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