The Best Chili Recipe

Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods. Hearty, delicious and packed with flavor. I made this in the Instant Pot but stove top directions are also below.



The main seasoning is chili powder which is chili peppers along with a blend of spices: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and cumin. Along with chili powder, add your favorite spices based on your preference.

  • To make tex-mex chili, add in a packet of taco seasoning for the spices along with chili powder

  • Make it spicy by adding jalapeño, red pepper flakes or cayenne.

  • Add 2 different types of beans for variety (I used kidney and chili beans)

  • Use your favorite ground meat. For this batch, I added cubed pork shoulder and it was delicious! It was so tender and I actually preferred bigger meat chunks.

  • For the broth, start with 1 cup and add more as needed depending on how much meat you used and the consistency desired.

  • You can also add 1-2 bouillon cubes with water for the broth

  • Make a double batch to meal prep for the week or freeze for later!

Chili Recipe


Ingredients

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 Jalapeño seeded and minced (optional)

1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 -2 lbs ground meat (I used pork shoulder, cubed)

2 (15 oz) cans of beans, drained ( kidney, chili, pinto, or black)

1 (15 oz) fire roasted or diced tomatoes with juice

1 (8oz) can tomato sauce

1/2 -1 cup broth or water (start with 1/2 cup and add more as needed)

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon sugar( optional)

Optional Garnish: cilantro, lime, green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, chips etc

Directions:


Stove Top Directions:


Heat oil in a pot. Sauté onion, jalapeño, bell pepper and garlic for a few minutes. Add in meat and cook until browned. Add in remaining ingredients and stir together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning, as needed.

Instant Pot Directions:


Press SAUTE mode and add oil. Sauté onion, jalapeño, bell pepper and garlic for a few minutes. Add in meat and cook until browned. Press CANCEL. Add in remaining ingredients and stir together. Cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes and release pressure when done. Taste and adjust seasoning, as needed.


To serve: transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with your favorite toppings.

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