A simple, no-fuss chili recipe that's loaded with hearty beef, beans, tomatoes, and a special blend of spices. This chili has such a deeply rich and smokey flavor that you can't help but savor every spoonful. A quintessential comfort food guaranteed to be loved by the whole family!
Set to Sauté: Set the Instant Pot to 'Sauté', use the 'Adjust' button to set the heat level to 'More', and allow the pot to heat up.
Cook the Ground Beef: As soon as the digital display reads 'Hot', add the ground beef and cook it, breaking it apart into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks. Continue until the meat is cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Season the Ground Beef: Mix the dry minced onion into the meat and cook for a couple of minutes, until the onion has started to soften. Add the remaining spices - chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix into the ground beef and cook for another minute allowing the spices to release their aromas and flavors.
Cancel Sauté: Cancel out of the 'Sauté' function.
add the Beer & Canned Ingredients
Add Beer: Mix the beer into the ground beef scraping down the bottom of the pot to remove any stuck-on bits.
Layer Canned Ingredients: Layer the two cans of red beans, with juices, over the ground beef. Next, layer the two cans of diced tomatoes, with juices, over the beans. Finally, spoon the tomato paste over the diced tomatoes. Do not mix the canned ingredients.
Add Thickener: Make a slurry with the corn flour and water. Pour it over the ingredients in the pot and do not mix it in.
set the Cook Time
20-Minutes on Chili Function: Close the Instant Pot and set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing' and then set the pot to cook on 'Chili'. The pot will automatically set the cooking time for 20 minutes. Alternatively, you may set the pot to cook on 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook', 'High Pressure' for 20 minutes.
Full NPR: Once the cooking time has completed, allow for full NPR (natural pressure release). This will take about 30 minutes.
for a Thicker Chili
If the chili is not thick enough for you, turn on the 'Sauté' function, use the 'Adjust' button to set the heat level to 'Less', and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the chili has reached your desired thickness.
Using Corn Starch as a Thickener: If you don't have corn flour available, you may use corn starch instead. In place of the 4 tablespoons of corn flour and ½ a cup of water, make a thickener using 2 tablespoons of corn starch and 2 tablespoons of water instead.