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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/15 15:17:49 (permalink)
Ah, but around here -- not at Steak & Shake -- you get a choice when it comes to beans, A three-way, for instance, is just spaghetti and chili (no beans,and shredded cheese on top. A four-way (that's what I get) is the spaghetti, the chili, then either onions (my choice) or beans, topped with the cheese. And a five-way is with both onions and beans, along with the spaghetti, chili and cheese.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/15 15:33:23 (permalink)
Michael, yes but that's Cincy style chili stuff. To get a 3 way w/o beans at Steak n' Shake you gotta pick em out cause they come in tha can w/ tha chili. I still can't get my mind around you trying a Sns 3 way w/ beans. What kinda lousy and bad chili stuff did you try at SnS??? Inquiring minds want to know! :~)
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/15 17:07:27 (permalink)
It was several years ago, and I tasted my grandson's.  All I remember about it is that I thought it was just plain awful.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/15 17:31:30 (permalink)
Michael, ok that clears things up. I knew you would not order anything w/ the words "chili" and "beans" in the same sentance. :~)
 
I think the Chili Mac is a completly seperate dish from the Chili or Chili 3/5 Way since the chili Mac only has the made in house Chili Meat and Sauce. And... No Beans. Who knows Michael??? You might like the Chili Mac? But... since you are in Cincy Chili terratory... why bother. I doubt I would ether.
 
But? Maybe it's a whole different kinda deal?
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/17 07:44:10 (permalink)
Footnote:  Steak 'n Shake's 10-oz. canned chili was made by Castleberry Foods at least until 2007.  There was a recall, and I'm not sure if CF still has the account.  The microwave cup product was produced by another company.
 
Just learned The Varsity's killer beanless hot dog chili is now available in 15-oz. cans at their online gift shop and at all locations.  Hope it makes it's way to supermarkets as has Skyline.  Plan to order it and I hope it's as good as what they make fresh in the restaurant.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/17 09:31:15 (permalink)
 I  love The Varisty's dogs and burgers topped with hot dog chili and pimento cheese, but at $3.89 for a 15 ounce can, it seems a bit pricey to me.  The Town Center location is on my way when I visit my family in the Atlanta area, they live rather  near the now defunct Varsity Junior. At least I can pick up  a few cans and not have to pay the price of shipping.  Reading all this has given me a hankering for Steak and Shake, I think I have  some coupons somewhere.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/17 09:49:13 (permalink)
You're right, it's expensive, but they're charging for the name.  If it's as good as the real thing, though, I'm willing to suffer pain in the wallet once in a while.  Otherwise, I use homemade or buy Vietti.  Sure wish I could copy The Varsity's slaw.  It's just my style.  (Gary Lewis & The Playboys, 1965)
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/17 10:36:07 (permalink)
That's one nice thing about S&S - they blanket the Sunday papers with coupons.  Oddly, we never seem to end up using them... heck, we may have to go do that Wednesday evening.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/19 16:11:15 (permalink)
I love Steak n Shake, but just have never liked that chili. The baked beans
now, oh yea!
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/19 16:27:44 (permalink)
Fish, I didn't even know they had baked beans. You make me think we do need a new SnS thread in the FF section. I think I'll start one.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/20 17:34:52 (permalink)
Have I posted enough to get photo posting privileges yet?  If so...

 
 
In honor of this thread, I had a five-way at S'nS this afternoon, and it was perfectly yummy.  And I used that coupon from the Sunday AJC that I mentioned, and went during Happy Hour and had an orange/banana shake.  Lunch was under $6.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/20 18:24:26 (permalink)
Wow, thanks HBS! Hey, your over 100 posts now... congrats! Don't forget that the longest journey began w/ a single step. :~) And nice photo! You have talent. And that looks yummy!
 
I wish I had asked you to ask the SnS folks if a Chili Mac comes w/ more pasta. I think we have cleared most of the other SnS issues.
 
Oh, HBS... have you seen the new SnS thread?
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/21 06:37:07 (permalink)
okc_rn

Steak and Shake has a very distinctive chili. It tastes just like one of the canned brands but I cannot recall which one. Anyone??

 
I'd say Van Camp's.

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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/21 06:39:06 (permalink)
Heartbreaksoup:  Good picture.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/21 10:26:28 (permalink)
Thanks, guys.  I've been getting a lot of practice since I started shooting food for our blog back in February.  I seem to get a good shot every once in a while!
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/21 19:20:25 (permalink)
HBS, so tell us about thig blog... please.
 
Mellow, are those tha folks that make those great Pork n' Beans?
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/21 20:52:41 (permalink)
My blog is called Marie, Let's Eat! and my wife and I have been doing it since February.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/21 21:02:08 (permalink)
cool!
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/22 00:52:19 (permalink)
PapaJoe8: Yes, and they also make my favorite eat-out-of-the-can treat, Baked Beanie Weenies.
 
Did anyone see Mr. Food today?  He featured "Secret Recipe Chili" from Goode Company B-B-Q in Houston.  Looks great, may have to make it soon.  
http://www.mrfood.com/Chili/Secret-Recipe-Chili  (Video)
 
If you're greeted by an "Enter Your Email" box, just ignore it and click the nearly hidden "Close X" in the upper right hand corner.  They're just too sneaky these days.
 
Have a couple of questions for the Texas chili experts.  1.  He doesn't specify, but do you think he uses Mexican oregano?  2.  He specifies ground cumin, but I wonder if the oregano is ground or dried leaf?
 
Just call me the Texaco Question Man. 
  
  
  
 
post edited by MellowRoast - 2010/10/22 01:17:16
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/22 10:10:11 (permalink)
Nice blog HBS! I could spend a few days there when I have the time. Well written and great pictures!
 
Mellow, yes most everyone in Texas uses Mexican Oregano for Texas chili. And since he did not specify ground Oregano you would think it would be dried leaf. But, one teaspoon is not very much for 3 lbs. of meat. . Maybe if he crunched it up real fine? My old dial up wouldn't let me watch tha vid but can you see the Origano he puts in? Hey, I guess this secret recipe is still kinda a secret. If I was gonna make this recipe I would start w/ crunched up dryed leaf crunched up and see if it needed more twords the end. But, I like lots of Origano. I would use their option of bacon grase instead of vegatable oil. It says you can use corn meal instead of masa but I like corn tortillas instead. Put them in early and they will melt. Maybe one tortilla would equil a tablespoon of masa?
 
There are some other good sounding chili recipes on the right under "whats hot". That Italian Chili looks good but what is that green stuff in the picture? Chopped green onions maybe?
 
Oh, SnS has  beanie weinies. Mellow, you should post about this at the other site also.
 
Now, how much pasta is in a "way" vrs. a "chili mac" ???
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/22 10:27:16 (permalink)
No, Van Camp's has baked Beanie Weenies, not Steak N Shake. 
 
The Mr. Food video doesn't show them actually making the chili, but I wish it did.  This video a general feature on the restaurant and chili.  
 
Thanks on the oregano.  I could be wrong, but it sounds like a lot of cumin.  Cumin, of course, is a critical ingredient, but if it's a dominating flavor, I can't handle it.  Too bitter for me.  Same for the oregano.  Maybe if I up the oregano and decrease the cumin.  Not sure what to do on that.  But the recipe looks great.   
   
   
 
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/22 11:55:54 (permalink)
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/22 13:00:24 (permalink)
Nice find Bill. I somehow knew about the chili fries probably from my searches for the chili pasta mysteries. I wonder what else is on the secret menu? I think I will bring that up on the other SnS thread unless you would like to Bill? You could post the link there.
 
There is a REAL funny page on the net about a (make believe) sign at the SnS drive through. I don't have a link but to find it again I googled;
 
steak n shake drive through chili
 
And it is on the first google page at a place called xanga.com. It's a real hoot!!!
 
One thing was "Please don't ask me what the difference between a Chili Mac and a Chili 3-Way is. Just get the Chili 3-Way." It's #15. But there lotsa other funny stuff!!!
 
I am bettin that if you ask your server at SnS about the differences you will not get the whole story. Why?... cause it's a shhh SECRET!!! Anyone brave enough to ask please let us know.
Joe
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/23 08:43:23 (permalink)
bill voss

Hey Papa, just read about a hidden menu item at S&S,
Chili Cheese Fries. 
Indianapolis, Indiana's Hidden Steak and Shake Item - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
Springfield's best chili | Steak n' Shake: Chili Cheese Fries | Photo 7/10 | Metromix Ozarks


 
Thanks Bill. I need to try those chili cheese fries!
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/26 14:01:51 (permalink)
HD, those chili cheese fries do sound good but didn't look so good from the picture at Bill's link. I think I would ask that the gooey cheese stuff be put under the chili. Or, get the grated cheese like comes on a 3-Way or like on a Chili Mac. Sara and Tristen, from the link, agreed that the chili had a "more tradetional flavor than that of a Chili Mac". No wonder because a Chili Mac has NO chili on it! Only the Chili Beef and Sauce. Much about SnS chili dishes remains a secret to most folks! But... we are gonna fix all that! :~)
 
And oh HD, kinda sorta a recipe for Shanghai Jimmy's Chili Rice now on the SJ thread.
 
Calling Mellow... I treid to sent the Prime Minesters but they were all too busy. We need some blood hound work here. While reading about the 2007 SnS canned chili recall I came across this... "The chili served at Steak n Shake stores is NOT affected by the recall. The product served at the Steak n Shake restaurants is made from fresh ingreadients in a kettle in each store. The product made by Castleberry foods is made from different ingreadient suppliers using a completly different production process in their canning faciality." This quote was posted at several web sites on the net. Is this not true or... have things changed since 2007, or???
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/26 14:42:34 (permalink)
Don't know, but I think it's quite possible that it depends on the store.  The manager at a different location said they make theirs in the store.   I give up.   However, I believe we have cracked the chili mac mystery, in that it doen't have the chili.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/26 16:39:09 (permalink)
Hi Mellow! That statement didn't say that some stores might be effected by the recall. What I think it said was that SnS restaurants would not be effected by the recall since their chili was made fresh in the restaurants. Read it and see what you think. It's easy to find w/ a google. It could very well be right that all stores made their chili in 2007 but now some do not. Or..? all do not. Hey, things change. That would make what you have said earlier correct.
 
We have solved some mysteries here but there is still work to be done. We still have the mystery of the pasta portions of a Way and a Mac. I am betting that a Mac has more pasta. I also bet the cooks know exactly how much goes on each menu item. Say 5oz on a Way and 9oz on a Mac. I'm not saying they weigh each order but...they know.
 
And now we have this canned vs fresh made in a kettle chili deal.
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/10/26 16:52:01 (permalink)
Oh, the pasta, and the Chili, Chili Meat, Chili Sauce, issues are the reason you should NOT ask the difference between a 3-Way and  Chili Mac at the Drive-Thru. And... do so at your own risk, from your server,  inside the restaurant. :~)
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/11/30 13:52:33 (permalink)
Ok yall... we have solved several SnS Chili mysterys on this thread. And we have discovered a hidden menu Chili item. Two things still remain in question;
 
1. Does each SnS make their Chili fresh each day or do they just heat up their canned product.
 
2. Does the Chili Mac have a much larger portion of pasta than the Chili 3/5 Way?
 
Oh, there was link posted to a copycat recipe back on P.1. Does anyone have a tried and true recipe that they think is close to the Chili that Steak n' Shake serves?
Joe
 
 
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RE: ISO Steak n Shake Chili 2010/12/10 14:09:42 (permalink)
Just opened the first of five cans of Varsity Chili, and had two chili cheese dogs and a miniature chili pie.  Very, very good.  Thumbs up to the gang at The Varsity. 
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