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Country Fried Steaks with Chipotle Gravy

By: 29 Minutes to Dinner Volume II Cookbook from The Pampered Chef
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If you're looking for recipes using ground beef, you'll love this recipe for Country Fried Steaks with Chipotle Gravy! Instead of using steaks, this is a more budget-friendly version of the classic recipe that the whole family will be sure to love.


Cooking Time28 min


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cup saltine crackers (about 37 crackers), finely crushed, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; coarsely ground
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup beef broth



  • Typically made with cube steak, ground beef is used here to make this a more budget-friendly recipe.
  • In a pinch, you can make a quick buttermilk substitute. Combine 1½ tablespoon white vinegar with enough milk to measure a total of 1½ cups. Let stand 5 minutes. The acid will sour and slightly thicken the milk.

To prepare patties:

  1. Finely chop chipotle pepper.

  2. In a seperate bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of the chipotle pepper, beef, ½ cup of the crackers, ¼ cup of the buttermilk, egg, salt and black pepper; mix well. 

  3. Shape beef mixture into four irregular-shaped patties, about ½ inch thick. 

  4. Place flour in first tray. Pour ¾ cup of the buttermilk in second tray and place remaining 1 cup cracker crumbs in third tray. 

  5. Lightly dredge each patty in flour, shaking off excess; dip into buttermilk and then into crackers, pressing gently to secure crumbs to patty.

To cook patties:

  1. Add oil to skillet (do not use stainless cookware); heat over medium heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. 

  2. Place patties in skillet; cook 4-6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F and patties are no longer pink in center. 

  3. Remove patties from skillet to paper towel-lined plate (do not wipe out skillet).

To prepare gravy:

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of the flour from the tray to the skillet, whisk until smooth.

  2. Gradually add broth and remaining 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper, whisking until smooth.

  3. Cook 1-3 minutes or until gravy comes to a boil, whisking constantly. Whisk in remaining ½ cup buttermilk. 

  4. Cook 1-3 minutes or until thickened, whisking constantly. 

  5. Serve gravy over steaks.

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Chipotle gravy on country friend steaks? Now that is a combination I have never heard of, but it sure sounds amazing. I like to surprise the fam with something new and exciting once in a while. I think I will add this to the menu for this weekend to see what they think when everyone is home together. I bet they are surprised.

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