Steak and Shake 5 Way Chili

Steak and Shake 5 Way Chili combines all the flavors of chili with the added bonus of spaghetti and other great add-ons. Spaghetti, onions, cheese and the Steak N Shake steak quality burgers are the secret ingredients to this comfort food.

a plate of five way chili with spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions, and more

What Steak and Shake 5 Way Chili Unique

Steak N Shake restaurant is known for its steak quality burgers.  The burgers are made with all-natural, antibiotic-free, USDA certified choice beef.  And they use that beef for chili in the 5-way style. This delicious dish combines spaghetti, homemade chili, chili sauce, freshly grated cheddar cheese, and minced onions.

chili and spaghetti ingredients

History of 5-Way Chili

The first bowl of Chili was made in the state of Texas.  But it wasn’t until the 1920’s when 5-Way Chili was first introduced to the world in Cincinnati, Ohio.  You simply make your chili and add a series toppings on top.  Kind of like adding cheese or oyster crackers but these add-ons are unique.  They include spaghetti, onions, beans, and cheese.

Here’s how it works.

2-Way Chili = Spaghetti, and Chili

3-Way Chili = Spaghetti, Chili and Cheese

4-Way Chili = Spaghetti, Chili, Cheese, and Onions

5-Way Chili = Spaghetti, Chili, Cheese, Onions, and Beans 

copycat Steak and Shake Five Way Chili in a bowl

 

Steak and Shake 5 Way Chili Assembly

While the Steak and Shake 5 way Chili may follow most of the original rules, you will follow these rules to put it together.

  • First, add generous helpings of Spaghetti into a bowl or plate.
  • Add 3/4 cup of Chili
  • Top with 2 tablespoons Chili Sauce
  • Next, add chopped Onions
  • Top off with 1/2 cup Shredded Monterey Jack and Colby Cheese

Notes

  • Serve any leftover chili with crisp tortilla chips.  It’s the perfect light lunch or afternoon snack.
  • Pick up your Chili sauce at your favorite grocery store. It comes in a glass bottle and looks somewhat like the old glass Heinz Ketchup bottles.
  • Store chili in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.  Re-heat in the microwave.

Love Steak and Shake? Here are a few other copycat recipes:

Steak and Shake Frisco Patty Melt

Steak and Shake Garlic Double Steakburger

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copycat Steak and Shake Five Way Chili in a bowl

Steak and Shake 5 way Chili

Steak and Shake 5 way Chili combines all the flavors of chili with the added bonus of spaghetti.  Yes, spaghetti and the steak quality burgers Steak N Shake is known for are the secret ingredients to this comfort food.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Steak and Shake Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 855kcal

Ingredients

Chili Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground chuck coarsely ground
  • 1 1/2 cups onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 32 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 28 ounces light kidney beans
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder plus 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 ounces tomato paste

5 Way Chili add ons

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 onion diced
  • 12 ounces Monterey Jack - Colby cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons Heinz Chili Sauce

Instructions

  • Please note the onions that are cooked in the chili are optional. You can leave them out. I personally love onions when cooked in the chili. Steak N Shake does not add onions to cooked chili. Chopped onions are served on top of the chili. 
  • In a skillet on medium-low heat saute ground beef and onions. When the beef has been cooked, drain all grease and place in a medium-large saucepan. Add celery salt, tomato sauce, kidney beans, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, pepper, water, and salt, mix all ingredients. 
  • On low heat place a lid on the saucepan and simmer for one hour, stirring frequently. After the chili has been cooking for an hour add tomato paste and stir well. Place lid on the pan and simmer an additional half-hour. Prepare spaghetti as directed and drain. 

5 Way Chili Assembly

  • To assemble: For individual serving: In a shallow bowl or plate place: Generous helpings of spaghetti 3/4 cup Chili 2 tablespoon Chili Sauce Chopped Onions (to taste) 1/2 cup Shredded Monterey Jack and Colby Cheese Mix Top with additional onions to your taste.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • Chili sauce can be purchased at most grocery stores in the condiment area. It is sold in a glass bottle and looks somewhat like the old glass Heinz Ketchup bottles.
  • Any leftover chili can be placed on crisp tortilla chips for a light lunch or a great snack.
  • Store chili in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.  Re-heat in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 855kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 2348mg | Potassium: 1940mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2260IU | Vitamin C: 25.4mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 9.4mg
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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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