Crock-Pot Copycat Steak N Shake Chili

Crock-Pot Copycat Steak N Shake Chili {via}

My husband loves getting a bowl of chili at our local Steak N Shake Restaurant, The chili has just enough beans, small pieces of meat and a good sauce. Not super spicy, but just enough for a good chili. Great with shredded cheese or onions on top, but he prefers oyster crackers in his. I made this recipe and my husband was amazed at how much it tasted just like the chili he gets at Steak N Shake. My kids used it for Chili Dogs and love it. Leftovers lasted about a day.

Crock-Pot Copycat Steak N Shake Chili

Crock-Pot Copycat Steak N Shake Chili


1.5-2lbs Ground Beef, cooked and drained
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Cocoa
2 13.5oz Cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
1 13.5oz Can Tomato Sauce
1 Cup of Cola (Pepsi, Coca Cola, RC , or store brand)


  1. Brown and drain hamburger on the stove.
  2. Add hamburger and all remaining ingredients EXCEPT beans to a bowl.
  3. Using a blender or an immersion blender, blend the ingredients together
  4. Add this to the crock-pot .
  5. Add in the 2 cans of drained and rinsed Kidney Beans.
  6. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  7. Serve.

Gluten Free Notes
This recipe is gluten free diet friendly. We do caution our readers to read labels on all ingredients before using to ensure they are all indeed gluten free.

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  1. Dawn says

    I am not a fan of beans in my chili…what are your suggestions as to how to tweak the recipe to compensate for not including them? Thank you and I love your site!!

    • Lady Katie says

      me personally, I would add a little more meat and just leave the beans out. I have just recently been able to eat beans…I was the type that would eat around them.

  2. says

    Making this now- I added a bit more salt and about 1 tsp of garlic as I felt it needed it after a quick taste test. Otherwise I think this is going to be a winner!

    • Lady Katie says

      I am sorry you feel this way. The name is just a name. The recipe is just something that those of us that love Steak n Shake Chili can make at home and enjoy.

  3. Scott Fitzgerald says

    You are referring to a standard household blender in the procedure, aren’t you?? Thanks for all your recipes.
    I am single and do preparation for a variety of meals for an entire upcoming week and you are helping to keep me organized and my stomach full cheaply as well!! I am getting ready to go on a crockpot kick as cool weather will hit soon. Suggestions??

  4. Glitter says

    I followed the recipe as written and I am sorry to say that this is terrible! Oh my, all I taste is the sweetness from the soda! I’m not sure how to go about saving the batch I made, I have added more chili powder, a little bit of cayenne pepper and some garlic and still all that can be tasted is the sweetness.
    I don’t think I will make this again. :(

    • Lady Katie says

      I am sorry that you did not prefer this recipe. Not every recipe is something that 100% of the people will like. We have other chili recipes that might suit you better.

  5. Sara W says

    It wasn’t a bad chili, although the sweetness was off-putting. It didn’t taste in the least like Steak ‘n Shake chili, though. Not even a bit. I’d honestly go so far as to suggest a name change so that fans of their chili don’t try to use this to reproduce it, the way I did.


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