Yes, it’s a curious sounding combo. It’s not a conventional chili marriage; I guess you’d expect minced turkey to be cohabiting with cranberries, but steak..?
I stumbled across this pairing on the Fall Specials menu at Cosi’s. I didn’t get a chance to try it at the time, but mused whether this was a touch of genius or utter madness on Cosi’s part.
I googled recipes but didn’t turn up very many. So I’m assuming this is not an overwhelmingly popular derivation of chili. Undeterred, I tried it – but I still had to improvise. The recipe I found on Food.com called for ground beef. The one on the menu at Cosi’s used cubed steak, so I simply substituted 11b ground beef for the same amount of beef steak.
How did I get on:
- Looks = 8/10. The chili’s rich red color was most appetizing
- Taste = 7/10. The cranberries proved to be a bit of a disappointment. I liked the way they went with the chili, but I thought the end result would be more tart. I think the chili itself neutralized some of the sharpness of the cranberries
Would I do it again?
Probably not. I know a fair few friends who dislike meat and fruit pairings.
I think I’d stick with the slow cooked zucchini and black bean chili recipe we featured recently from Real Simple mag.
That one lived up to expectations and has become a household regular.
This steak and cranberry chili looked better than it actually tasted. I thought the cranberries would pack a mean punch but they were overpowered by the heavyweight picante sauce.