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Roasted Poblano Steak Chili


  • 4 poblano peppers

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for drizzling

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 1/2 pounds sirloin shell steak, trimmed, thinly cut and chopped into bite-size pieces

  • 1 large red onion, chopped

  • 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons (about a palmful) chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon (about a palmful) cumin

  • 1 tablespoon (about a palmful) ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

  • 1 bottle Negro Modelo beer

  • 1 28-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1/2 pound manchego cheese

  • 3 scallions, finely sliced


Preheat broiler to high. To roast the poblano peppers, drizzle them with EVOO, season with salt and pepper, and place on a cookie sheet. Transfer to the broiler, turning every 1-2 minutes, until charred on each side.

Remove from the oven, place in a brown paper bag and seal to keep the steam in for about 10-15 minutes. If you do not have a brown paper bag, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for about 10-15 minutes. 

After that time, peel the skin off, remove the seeds and stem, and chop into bite-size pieces. While the peppers are steaming in the bag or bowl, place a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan. Add the steak and brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. 

Add the red onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander and smoked paprika to the pot and cook for about 4-5 minutes. 

Add the beer, scraping the bottom of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon to release any brown bits. Add the tomatoes, chopped poblano peppers, lime zest and juice, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. To serve, ladle a portion of the chili into a bowl and top with grated manchego cheese and finely sliced scallions.