Instant Pot Chili is the way to go!
Chili is one of those foods where everyone has a favorite style – it’s one of those regional things that people fight to the death over. Beans/no beans, vegetables/no vegetables, tomatoes/no tomatoes, ground beef or stew? ! White Chili, Green Chili, Chicken Chili, Vegan Chili, Cincinnati Chili, Serious Competition Chili, the list keeps growing.
I love cooking in the Instant Pot, especially soups and stews. Instant Pot keeps all the delicious smells inside the pot, which means the flavors stay in the food. Also, I love how quickly Instant Pot chili can come together (30 minutes!) because sometimes I just don’t want to wait hours for a chili to simmer.
This version is extra special because it’s based on the Texas competition chili, which means it’s bean-free and has two spice dumps. I think it’s the best chili there is, but you can add beans if you need them.
How to make instant chili
- Cook the onion. Lightly saute onion in Instant Pot insert with a little oil over high heat until soft, but not brown.
- Brown the meat. Add ground beef to insert and brown, crumble. Use a potato masher to help break it all up. If there is a lot of fat, drain most of it, but not all.
- Add the liquids and the first stack of spices. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth, along with the first flush of spices, then set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 30 minutes. Quick release when Instant Pot runs out.
- Add the second dump. Add the second stack of spices and simmer slightly over high heat to reduce if necessary. It does!
Can I make instant chili in a slow cooker or on the stove?
- For the casserole: Use a skillet to brown the onions and meat, then add them to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and the first amount of spices. Cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high, stirring the chicken broth if the pan gets too dry. Add the second spice pourer just before serving.
- For the stove: In a large pot, brown the onions and meat, then add them to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and the first course of spices. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, adding more chicken broth if the pan gets too dry. Add the second spice pourer just before serving.
What is chili, anyway?
If you ask a Texan (and the International Chili Society), a real chili is “any type of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red/green chiles, various spices, and other ingredients, except beans and pasta, which is strictly prohibited.” “. . Yes, that’s right: no beans! When a lot of people think of chili, they often think of beans, but for me, I’m a Texas chili lover. I love the purity of Texas chili: perfectly seasoned, tender ground beef swimming in a pool of smoky, spicy, garlicky, broth-infused roasted tomatoes.
Beans vs No Beans
There is a saying in Texas: If you know chili beans, you know that chili has no beans. That’s because the chili we all know and love is a branch of Chili, originating in Texas/northern Mexico where it collides with Texas. Traditionally, chili con carne is a spicy stew with meat and chili peppers and no beans. These days, what we call chili is basically a stew/soup made with meat (or no meat), beans, tomatoes (or no tomatoes), and spices, but if you want to stay true to the original, the beans came out.
Instant Bean-Free Chili
This is a beanless chili recipe. Of course, if you like beans, feel free to add them. Personally, I love the taste of Texas-style chili: hearty, meaty, very spicy but not hot, just the right amount of heat, with a sticky sensation to the ribs that you don’t get with chili con beans. If you have never tried chili without beans, you have to try it today! Unless you’re in the mood for the chili con frijoles you know and love, which is fine too.
chili powder vs chili powder
You might be wondering what the difference between chili powder and chili powder is, other than the “i” and “e”:
- Chili powder with an “i” is a mixture of spices and crushed chili peppers to make a chili stew that you can buy at the store.
- Chili powder with an “e” is ground chile (such as ancho, cayenne, habanero, ghost, jalapeños, etc.) and ideally nothing else.
If you are using pure chili powder, you will need to add the rest of the spices to make chili powder. I recommend making your own homemade mix (I’ve included our favorite mix below) so you can tweak it to your liking, but of course you can also use your favorite pre-mixed chili powder.
We love specialty chili powders like: Green Chili Powder, Chimayo Red Chili Powder, New Mexico Red Chili Powder, and Habanero. You can usually find them in the Mexican aisle of your supermarket or online. Regular chili powders like chipotle, cayenne, and ancho are also pretty common in the spice aisle. Be sure not to buy a large quantity of chili powders, as they lose potency as they age.
Our chili powder recipe
- 1 tablespoon green chili powder
- 1 tablespoon chimayo chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 ground bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
Chili Spice Dumps
You may notice that the spices are added twice: once at the beginning and once at the end. It’s not just about being picky! Adding your chili spices, called “dumps” in the world of professional chili competition, is typically done in two batches so you get the most flavor notes and subtleties from the spices. Some spices get confused when cooked too long, so adding them at the beginning and end means you get all the flavor.
How to make chili less spicy?
It’s an easy fix – you can still enjoy a super flavorful bowl of chili without the heat of chili powders. Just make your own chili powder seasoning and reduce (or skip altogether) all the hot chili powders!
Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Chili
- Let ground beef stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before cooking. If you let it come to room temperature before searing, less water will be cooked during the searing process, resulting in a crispy exterior and tender interior.
- Make two spice dumps: this ensures that your chili is perfectly spiced without confusing flavors
- Chili is even more delicious the next day – it’s science! Letting the chili sit overnight melds and redistributes the flavors and allows the chili to thicken up a bit.
- Hedges! Don’t forget the ingredients because sometimes that’s for the best! I love the Crispy Fritos, the freshness of the green onions, sometimes a little lemon, shredded cheddar, sour cream, cilantro, sliced jalapenos and avocado. The chili you see above is orange because of all the sour cream in it and it’s the best there is.
Potted Instant Chili
Possibly the best thing you can do in your Instant Pot
To serve 4
Potted Instant Chili
- one Soup Petroleum
- 1/2 coupe medium onion diced
- one kg Ground meat skinny favorite
- 14 ounces crushed tomatoes a small box
- 6 ounces Tomato paste a small box
- one coupe chicken soup sodium is not preferred
- one bay leaf
Spice Dump 1
- one Soup chilli powder store bought or our mix above
- one coffee spoon onion powder
- one coffee spoon garlic powder
- 1/2 coffee spoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 coffee spoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 coffee spoon black pepper
spice dump 2
- 2 Soup chilli powder store bought or our mix above
- 2 coffee spoon cumin powder
- 2 coffee spoon onion powder
- 2 coffee spoon garlic powder
- 1/4 coffee spoon ground cayenne pepper
- one Soup chili powder for hatching Optional
Add the oil to the Instant Pot over high heat. When hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft but not brown. Add the meat with salt and pepper (to your preference) to the pot and cook, breaking up. You can use a potato masher to help break up all the meat. Cook until meat falls apart and meat is no longer pink.
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, bay leaf, and the first batch of spices. Put the lid on, set the pressure to high and the cook time to 30 minutes. Quickly release pressure when cooking time is over.
Stir in the chile and add the second flush of spices, tasting and adjusting with salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!
For the casserole: Use a skillet to brown the onions and seasoned meat, then add them to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and the first amount of spices. Cook 6-8 hours on low heat or 3-4 hours on high heat. Add the second spice pourer just before serving.
For the stove: In a large pot, brown the onions and seasoned meat, then add them to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and the first dumpling of spices. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the second spice pourer just before serving.
Potted Instant Chili
Amount per proportion
Calories from fat 97
% Daily value*
saturated fat 3.2gtwenty%
Cholesterol 101mg3. 4%
Sodium 498 milligrams22%
Potassium 913 milligrams26%
The carbohydrates 17.5g6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.