Instant Pot Best Blue Ribbon Chili

This chili has won my readers more contests than I can count at this point. It is the role model for all chilis around and I wouldn’t dare state such a thing unless it was completely true. Oh, and if you to leave out the beans, go for it (but it’s most definitely chili with OR without beans).

PREP TIME:     5 minutes
COOK TIME:    28 minutes
TOTAL TIME:   33 minutes


  • 1.5 lbs of ground beef (or ground turkey or ground chicken)
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp (1/4 stick) of salted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1-2 poblano peppers, finely diced with seeds removed (this is a mild pepper and if you can’t find one, you can use a green bell pepper)
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, finely diced with seeds removed (optional as this is a medium hot pepper)
  • 1 small habanero pepper, sliced in half with seeds removed (totally optional as this is a very hot pepper)
  • 1 tbsp of crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup of beer (I used Budweiser, but you can really use any – and don’t worry, the beer will burn off and the kids won’t get drunk)
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz can of Rotel
  • 1 tbsp of hoisin sauce.
  • 1/4 cup of taco sauce.
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp of dried cilantro
  • 2 tbsp of cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp of celery salt
  • Two 15.5 oz cans of red kidney beans, drained & rinsed (leave this out if you want it “Texas” style)
  • 4 tbsp of  Chili (hard to find in stores, but easy to find online. If it’s sold out, just keep searching online but DO NOT pay more than $8 for an 8 oz jar. It’s not 100% necessary to use but it REALLY sends this chili home!)


  • Shredded cheddar/taco cheese
  • Sour cream


  1. Add the butter and vegetable oil to the Instant Pot and hit “Sauté” on the “More” or “High” setting. Once the butter’s melted and the oil’s sizzling, add in the onions, poblano, jalapeño and habanero peppers and stir & set for 5 minutes until softened and then add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove only the habanero pepper when done and discard
  2. Next, add the ground beef and stir until it cooks down and crumbles and becomes a slightly browned in color (about 3 minutes – it doesn’t need to be fully cooked yet). Its juices will be released while cooking and this is a good thing – keep them in the pot and do not drain
  3. Add in the beer, diced tomatoes, Rotel, tomato sauce, taco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and hoisin sauce. Stir well and deglaze (scrape) the bottom of the pot
  4. Now, add the kosher salt, Italian seasoning, cumin, chili powder, dried cilantro, seasoned salt, celery salt and Tony’s Creole seasoning (if using). Stir again until well combined
  5. Lastly, add the drained and rinsed kidney beans but DO NOT stir them in with the rest. Just lightly smooth them out as they rest on the top of the chili
  6. Secure the lid and select “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” High Pressure for 5 minutes (it may take up to 15 minutes to come to pressure so be patient). When done, do a quick release and allow the pot to sty on the “Keep Warm” setting
  7. When the lid comes off, give everything a good stir, add in the Chili and stir again. Allow it to cool down to a warmish-hot, but not scalding temperature (about 10-15 minutes, as chili tastes even BETTER once it cools down a bit and the flavors have a chance to meld!)
  8. Ladle into bowls and top with some optional shredded cheese, sour cream or even my awesome beans. Serve it with my acclaimed Mexican street Corn and/or my raved-about Creamy Chicken Enchiladas as terrific companions!
  9. Enjoy!

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