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Classic Chili, served in a bowl and topped with shredded cheese
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1 cup

Classic Chili (Pressure Cooker)


This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.



  • 1 c. pinto beans, dry
  • ½ c. kidney beans, dry
  • 4 qt. water plus 3 Tbsp. salt (for soaking beans)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef, lean
  • 2 c. fresh onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano, dry, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 c. beef broth, reduced-sodium
  • 1 can (14-oz.) diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (6-oz.) tomato paste
  • Your choice of toppings


Two hours prior to cooking, place beans in 4 quarts water with 3 tablespoons of salt and allow the beans to soak for at least two hours. After two hours, drain and rinse beans.

On the sauté setting, heat oil in the bottom of the pot; brown ground beef until done. Rinse then prepare vegetables. Stir in onion, bell pepper and garlic; sauté until onion is soft, about two minutes. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper, and stir until fragrant, about one minute. Stir in broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and beans.

Pressure cook for about 20 minutes and then allow a natural pressure release for 20 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and remove lid. Cook chili on sauté setting until it thickens, stirring frequently, about five minutes. Serve with your choice of toppings.

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