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As we roll into the cooler weather, it’s time to get our chili game on. This Instant Pot Smoky Beef Chili is the ultimate comfort food with roasted tomatoes and poblano peppers, smoky chipotle peppers, pinto beans, and of course our favorite BACON. Plus, it’s ready in less than an hour in the Instant Pot!
Ever since I discovered poblano peppers years and years ago (where has the time gone???), I have just been in love. Smoky, with just a hint of spice, these peppers have the most amazing flavor.
And in this beef and poblano chili, they are just perfection.
And guys, you NEED this beef chili in your life. It is that good. I could eat this stuff every day. It is truly the ultimate comfort food. Not only does it have tender delicious ground beef and roasted poblanos, but it also has fresh roasted tomatoes (YUM) and of course BACON. Because what dish is complete without a little bit of bacon?
And to top it off, we cook it all up in the Instant Pot in about 45 minutes start to finish, with most of that time being hands off so you can catch up on your Netflix. No simmering for hours on the stove to get all those flavors melded.
**If you love Instant Pot cooking, you’ll love this Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Ramen with Caramelized Pork or these under 60 minute fall off the bone tender BBQ Pork Ribs**
The Ingredients for Beef Chili
What beef is best for chili?
I use 85/15 grass fed ground beef for this recipe. I don’t normally buy grass fed because it’s more expensive, but it was my only option this time and I needed the beef. Let me tell you, it will be hard for me to go back. The beef was so flavorful and tender, I am now a complete grass fed beef convert. For this recipe, you can use any ground beef, but I recommend 80/20 to 90/10. No fattier or leaner than that.
You likely have most of the other ingredients for this poblano chili, but if not, you can buy them through the below Amazon links (affiliate links – I earn a small commission if you buy through these links to pay for all those failed recipe attempts):
Are chipotle peppers in adobo sauce hot?
These peppers can be quite spicy. Chipotle peppers are dried and smoked red jalapenos peppers, which is where their spiciness comes from.
Are roasted poblano peppers hot?
Poblano peppers are generally mild peppers, however, there can be the occasional spicy batch.
How do you peel a poblano pepper?
First you roast the pepper over an open flame or under the broiler until the skin is brown and blistered. Let the pepper cool, then gently peel the skin off:
How long does it take to roast tomatoes?
You can roast tomatoes either on the grill over medium heat, or in the oven at 400 degrees. In both cases, tomatoes are done when skin starts to separate from the tomato, and they become very soft. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
How to Make Beef Chili in the Instant Pot
This whole Instant Pot cooking thing is really awesome. We can get all this stuff cooked in one pot, and lounge around while we wait for it to finish. It’s just the best. Check out my full review here is you want to learn more about it.
Using the saute function (normal setting) brown the ground beef.
Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook the beef and bacon chili on high for 20 minutes. Turn the top nozzle to not vent. It will take about 10 minutes to get to pressure, and then cook for 20. Once done, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then use the quick release to release any remaining pressure.
This smoky beef chili is best served with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, some sliced avocado, sour cream (or Mexican crema as I prefer), and some sliced green onions.
How long do you cook beef chili in the pressure cooker?
Generally, chili should cook between 10-20 minutes in the pressure cooker. I personally prefer to use 20 minutes as it helps the flavors come together.
How do you thicken up chili?
Honestly, the best way is to let it sit in the fridge overnight. However, if you’re looking to eat it right away, add 1 tbsp. of cornstarch to 1 tbsp. of water in a small dish and mix to make a paste. Add a little of the cornstarch mixture at a time to the chili, stirring constantly, until the desired thickness is reached.
Is beef chili good for you?
Well….not really. The beef and bacon have a high fat content, as does the cheese is you choose to add it. However, beef chili does have a very high protein content and also contains vitamins and minerals.
Comfort food is the best during the fall/winter season – you’ll want to try some of these other comforting dishes too:
Brazilian Pulled Pork Enchiladas with Poblano Cream Sauce
Coconut Milk Shrimp Risotto
Thai Green Curry Shrimp and Grits
The Best Fried Chicken and Waffles
Japanese Beef Curry Udon
Korean Kimchi Udon Stir Fry
Brazilian Coconut Fish Stew
Spicy Korean Seafood Stew
Did you make this Instant Pot beef chili? Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out!
Instant Pot Beef Chili
- 1 lbs. ground beef
- 4-6 oz. bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 4 poblano peppers, roasted and chopped
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 tomatoes, roasted, peeled and crushed
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup beer
- 1 chipotle pepper
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1-2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Sour cream (garnish)
- Cheddar cheese (garnish)
- Green onions (garnish)
- Avocado (garnish)
- Brown the beef in the Instant Pot using the saute function on normal.
- Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients.
- Switch the Instant Pot to pressure cook on normal (high) for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure using the quick release.
- Serve with sliced avocado, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions (optional but recommended).
- Roast the poblano peppers and tomatoes in advance to make the recipe even easier to throw together. I like to roast batches of veggies on the weekends and freeze them for future use.
- Make sure to stir the ground beef while it is browning to prevent sticking. If you get a "hot" warning on the Instant Pot, you need to stir it. When you add the remaining ingredients, be sure to stir so any pieces stuck to the bottom will be stirred in.
- For extra spicy chili, add an additional chipotle pepper, add extra chili powder and/or 1-2 sliced jalapenos.
- For a less spicy chili, reduce the amount of chili powder and add only 1/2 chipotle pepper.
- The chili is awesome the day you make it, but is even more super awesome the next day. Chili is always better the second day because the flavors have had time to meld together.
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