Copycat Steak N’ Shake Chili

For over 85 years, Steak ‘n Shake has served their famous steakburgers and milkshakes. But the chain also serves other popular options like chicken fingers, steak frank, and chili. I love a good chili, especially when it’s made with meat and beans. In Texas, we have a state-wise disagreement about whether chili should have beans or not, but it looks like Steak ‘n Shake is on my side on this one. Though this chili is filled with protein, it’s also packed with calories. One way to reduce your caloric intake is by making it yourself and choosing your ingredients. So today, we’re sharing with you a Copycat Steak ‘n Shake Chili.

This recipe calls for half a pound of ground beef. You could choose a lean ground beef to make it more nutritious or omit this ingredient altogether and create a vegetarian version. It only takes about an hour to prepare, but if you’re short on time, you could also throw all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook it on low for about 6 hours. I’ve done both, and both ways are delicious.

Top your Copycat Steak ‘n Shake Chili with cheese, sour cream, diced onion, and oyster crackers, or any combination of toppings you choose.

Copycat Steak N' Shake Chili

Copycat Steak N' Shake Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 1500 kcal


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 1 can dark kidney beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup cola (Coke, Pepsi, etc)


  • First, brown the ground beef in oil in a Dutch oven-style pan, and sprinkle with salt.
  • Pour the French onion soup and 1/2 of the can of kidney beans (some liquid from beans is fine – do not drain) into a mini-blender. Blend for 1 minute, pulsing until completely pureed. Then drain the ground beef.
  • Add soup and bean mixture and all of the remaining ingredients to the pot with beef. Bring it to a simmer, and then turn the heat to the lowest setting and simmer for an hour.
  • Serve with diced onion, grated cheese, and oyster crackers.


  • You can make this a vegetarian chili option by omitting the ground beef and including more beans. You can also experiment with other types of beans.

Tim Horton’s also offers a delicious, savory chili, and we have a recipe you can check out here. 

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