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Instant Pot Beef Chili

Rich and hearty beef chili in about an hour? Yes, with the Instant Pot! Serve a bowl of this comfort classic topped with cheese, avocado, cilantro or green onions.

A bowl of ungarnished beef chili

Is there anything better than a bowl of chili on a cold winter day? Or at a tailgate party while watching the game? That second question is a real one. I don't watch football.

Chili is delicious, rich and hearty, with some heat and other complex flavors. And it can take all day to make. Unless you have an Instant Pot.

An overhead view of a bowl of beef chili garnished with avocado slices

I prefer all-beef chili, no beans. I use a fresh jalapeno pepper so I can control the level of the heat by including as much or as little of the pepper membrane (where the heat lives) as I want.

Chili gets more flavor from a blend of chili powder, oregano and cumin. If you don't include the fresh jalapeno pepper, you can add some spice with cayenne pepper.

A bowl of beef chili in front of an Instant Pot

If you have it, Trader Joe's Umami Seasoning would also make a delicious addition to this chili. Umami is a Japanese word that doesn't have a direct translation into English, but the closest is "savoriness."

Rich and hearty beef chili in about an hour? Yes, with the Instant Pot! Serve a bowl of this comfort classic topped with cheese, avocado, cilantro or green onions.

This recipe makes enough for a family plus leftovers, or for a small party. Serve a dish garnished with shredded cheese or sliced avocado, or with sides such as cornbread or tortilla chips.

Rich and hearty beef chili in about an hour? Yes, with the Instant Pot! Serve a bowl of this comfort classic topped with cheese, avocado, cilantro or green onions.

Instant Pot Beef Chili

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Rich and hearty beef chili in about an hour? Yes, with the Instant Pot! Serve a bowl of this comfort classic topped with cheese, avocado, cilantro or green onions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (if not using jalapeno pepper)
  • 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute. Once the metal insert is hot, add the canola oil, then add the onion and peppers. Season with salt and pepper, and saute for two to three minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the tomato paste and garlic, and saute, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the ground beef, and cook until brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the beef is fully browned, add the chili powder, oregano, cumin and cayenne (if using). Then stir in the fire-roasted tomatoes, beef stock, soy sauce and vinegar.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn to lock in place, and make sure the valve is set to "Seal" and set the timer to cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  6. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to vent naturally for 10 minutes, then carefully turn the valve to "Vent" and release the remaining pressure.
  7. Scoop the chili into bowls and garnish as desired.

Notes

Recommended toppings:

  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Avocado slices
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped cilantro

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 355mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Phi @ SweetPhi.com

Thursday 16th of January 2020

Thank you so much for linking to my Instant Pot Hungarian goulash, really appreciate it :) Your beef chili looks amazing!

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