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Pressure Cooker Chili con Carne

Chili can be made on the stove or in the crockpot. Some people like to have their chili cooking in the slow cooker all day long to coax out all the ingredient flavors and get the kitchen smelling incredible. This is also a popular way to cook the dish if you are out of the house all day. However, we are using a pressure cooker here, to speed the cooking right up yet still yielding the same incredible results.

Chili is a popular dish and here we are using beef, bell pepper, sweet onion, tomatoes, and kidney beans. Jalapeño, garlic, red pepper, cumin, sugar, chili powder, and cocoa powder add aromatic flavors to the dish, to yield a well-balanced result. After browning the beef, you will want to drain off most or all of the fat that comes out, then cook the vegetables briefly. Finally stir all the remaining ingredients into the mixture, and cook the chili until it is done. The pressure cooking time should be less than 10 minutes, which will seem really quick if you usually use a crockpot for this.

Serve the chili with oyster crackers or rice. You might want to have sour cream, sliced avocado, grated cheese, or other favorite condiments and toppings with this chili, and you can either serve it in mugs or bowls. Although a crockpot can often be your best friend in the kitchen if you are at work all day and want to get home to a flavorful, fully cooked meal, a pressure cooker is also great because you can make this in half an hour from scratch. Feel free to tweak any of the ingredients if you want. Not everyone wants to add vegetables into their chili, and some people prefer a milder or spicier result, so use your own judgement as to the exact flavor you prefer. Sometimes a mug or bowl of steaming hot chili makes the best comfort food ever. Next time you want to enjoy some homemade chili, give this exciting recipe a try.

How to Cook Chili in a Pressure Cooker
Summary: Beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, and a selection of spices and seasonings come together to make a delicious chili. Using the pressure cooker makes the cooking time super-fast.
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Recipe type: Stew
Serves: 4
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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 chopped sweet onion
  • 1 minced deseeded jalapeño
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 28 oz canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Oyster crackers, to serve (optional)
  1. Brown the ground beef in the pressure cooker for 8 minutes over a medium heat.
  2. Drain off most of the fat.
  3. Some people like to drain all of the fat off while others will leave some in, so it is up to you.
  4. Put the pressure cooker on the stove again and add the oil, green pepper, onions, and jalapeño.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes or until the onions are clear.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  7. Add the tomatoes, beans, salt, water, red pepper flakes, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, chili powder, and cocoa powder.
  8. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  9. Stir well then lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  10. Bring the pressure cooker to 15 psi pressure over a high heat.
  11. Lower the heat to maintain this level.
  12. Cook for 8 minutes, then take the pressure cooker off the heat.
  13. Use the natural release method to cool.
  14. Open the lid when the pressure cooker has equalized, then stir and serve.
  15. If it is not thick enough, you can boil it on the stove for a few minutes.
  16. Serve the chili with oyster crackers if liked.

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This flavor-packed chili con carne is made in the pressure cooker. You will get all the typical chili flavors and richness of taste you are used to, but without all those long hours of simmering. Use a pressure cooker to cook your chili perfectly and enjoy the finished dish with sour cream, grated cheese, oyster crackers or your favorite toppings and condiments. This is a rich, hearty and warming dish, making it perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening. The whole family is going to love the taste of this incredible recipe and you will want to get your pressure cooker out and make it often. There are various recipes you can make in a pressure cooker, but this has to be one of the yummiest ones. Give it a try and see whether your family like it. We bet they will!

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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