All-American Chili

Last Updated on February 21, 2023

This fast, well-stocked chili makes a lot, so be prepared to have plenty of leftovers, particularly good for lunch or spooned over cheese omelets for a hearty weekend breakfast. The leftovers can also be frozen in a sealed container for a fast meal in the weeks ahead.

Quick Tip: Because of the way the frozen meat cooks in the liquids, you must use two 1-pound blocks of ground beef, not one 2-pound lump.

All-American Chili

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Servings: 6


  • 2 lb ButcherBox Ground Beef, frozen (use 2 one pound blocks)
  • 3.5 cups diced tomatoes (one 28-ounce can)
  • 3.5 cups red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (two 15-ounce cans)
  • 2 cups chunky, mild or hot, red salsa (one 16-ounce jar)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped mild or hot green chiles (one 4 1/2-ounce can)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dried oregano (Mexican oregano if you can find it)
  • 4-5 dashes Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce


  • Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté, then set it for High, More, or Custom 400°F. Set the time for 5 minutes and if necessary (depending on model), press Start.
  • Mix the tomatoes, beans, salsa, broth, onion, chiles, chili powder, Worcestershire, oregano, and Tabasco in a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot. Cook, stirring often, until many whips of steam rise from the liquids. (It’s important to get the liquids hot because there are two blocks of frozen ground beef.) Turn off the Sauté function and stand the ground beef in the sauce so that the two pieces lean against each other like an A-frame. Lock the lid onto the pot.
  • Set the machine to Meat/Stew, Pressure Cook, or Manual. Set the level to High. Ensure that the valve is closed and set the time for 20 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off and if necessary (depending on model), press Start.
  • Use the quick-release method to bring the pot’s pressure back to normal. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Use tongs and a slotted spoon to transfer the two blocks of meat to a large, nearby cutting board.
  • Press the button for Sauté, then set it for High, More, or Custom 400°F. Set the time for 5 minutes and if necessary (depending on model), press Start.
  • As the sauce and ingredients in the cooker come to a simmer, use a large knife to chop the ground beef into fairly small bits. Stir these (and any juices on the board) back into the cooker. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
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