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Copycat Steak 'n Shake Chili

This copycat Steak 'n Shake recipe is the answer to your prayers!

Copycat Steak n Shake Chili
Copycat Steak n Shake Chili
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Steak 'n Shake is a family favorite in many households, but it can be a pain to go out to eat. Besides, for fast dining, Steak 'n Shake can be a little pricy. But no worries, because now you can get the hearty taste of Copycat Steak 'n Shake Chili at home with this restaurant copycat recipe! It's the perfect amount of chunkiness, and it's not too spicy for kids (though you can feel free to load it up with Tabasco!) This free chili recipe is loaded with beef, beans, and spices. It's a simple recipe that will make you nostalgic for the old-fashioned recipes of the 1950s. Serve it as an appetizer or as a light dinner. This chili will comfort you on cold days.


Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time45 min


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 packet onion soup
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can (6-ounce) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8-ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup Cola

Copycat Steak 'n Shake Chili Recipe


  1. Brown beef, oil, and soup mix, pepper, and cocoa in pan. Cook for 10 minutes.

  2. Add kidney beans, tomato paste and sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Add cola.

  4. Simmer for 30 more minutes.

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Whoever wrote this recipe should be ashamed of themselves. Did a 10-year-old write it? 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef. I'm guessing it should be very lean since it's not drained after browning. Or maybe it is drained? 1 packet onion soup? What does that mean how about a size or weight? Two cans kidney beans. Size? Drained rinsed or undrained? I can't believe someone got paid for this.

Steak 'n Shake Chili but no chili in the ingredients?? We found it very tasteless and boring so we zzshoooshed it up a little with some fresh garlic and chili which was sorely needed. That transformed it into a tasty dish well worth having again. The cocao and cola are great additions to the flavor so don't leave them out!

I read this recipe for Copycat Steak 'n Shake Chili and thought...cocao, cola, WHAT?? No way!! Well YES way. That crazy combination of ingredients and flavors actually delivers one of the tastiest chili's I have ever had. Add to that how easy it is to prepare, and the fact that it's a "one pot wonder" and my friend you will be hooked like I am. Be sure to serve this with lots of crispy Italian bread on the side.


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