Nebraska Star Beef – Harvest Chili is a great way to use up all those fresh garden vegetables! This simple chili recipe is a healthy family meal that is perfect for a brisk fall day!

  • Ingredients:
    2lb Nebraska Star Beef Loin Tips
    4-6 Large Tomatoes – Ripe – cut into 1/8ths
    2 Large Anaheim Peppers – coarse chopped
    2 Large White Onions – coarse chopped
    4-6 Cloves Garlic – fine chopped
    2 Cups Pinto Beans – dry
    1/8 Cup Chili Powder
    1 tsp Kosher Salt
    1 12oz Can of Coke
  • Tools:
    Chopping Board
    Chef or Santoku Knife
    Earthenware or Enamel Coated stock pot – with lid
    Mixing spoon
  • Cooking Instructions

*Pre-heat Conventional Oven to 250F
**make sure that your stock pot will fit in the conventional oven.Chili ingredients

Combine into stock pot: cubed tomatoes, chopped Anaheim pepper, chopped white onions, fine
chopped garlic, chili powder, can of Coke, and dry Pinto Beans. Bring to rolling boil. Do not add
water. There is a large amount of water in the tomatoes and onions which will become
“available” as the mixture heats.


The Coke adds water, sugar, and acidic element.

While bringing the base up to a boil, preheat a cast iron – or stainless steel – skillet to medium-high

Open and drain one 2lb package of Nebraska Star Beef Loin Tips. Season them to
taste with fresh ground black pepper and kosher salt.

Add 3-4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to the pan, immediately followed by the seasoned loin tips.The goal is to only sear the loin tips, they should not be thoroughly cooked in this process. The internal temp of the loin tips should be between 120 and 130 F when finished (rare to medium rare.)

Add the loin tips to the chili base and bring the mixture to a rolling boil, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.Hold the rolling boil for 10 to 30 minutes.

Put lid on stock pot and place in 250F oven until the beans have reached the desired
tenderness. – generally 2 – 3 hours, but don’t hesitate to check every so often.

oven chili

Place in oven and wait. Check on the chili from time to time and stir for even cooking

Oven finishing the chili allows the ingredients to cook together much more efficiently than if they
were just placed on a burner. Using freshly harvested garden ingredients will amplify all of the
flavors so that very little additional salt or seasoning will be needed.

  • For additional flavor add more chili powder or a spicier chili like habanero

    chili ready to serve

    Once the pinto beans have cooked completely (2-3 hrs)  plate and serve!