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

Classic Chili (Pressure Cooker)


It's a classic chili for a reason.



  • 1 cup pinto beans, dry
  • ½ cup kidney beans, dry
  • 4 quarts water plus 3 tablespoons salt (for soaking beans)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef, lean
  • 2 cups fresh onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dry, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth, reduced-sodium
  • 1 can (14-ounce) diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (6-ounce) 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.

Dietary and Nutrition


Beans contain complex carbohydrates the body digests slowly. This makes them a good choice for diabetics to help keep tight control over their blood sugar levels.
Beans are low in fat and an excellent source of fiber and protein. Fiber and protein will help the body feel full faster and longer. Protein, along with exercise, will help build lean muscle.

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Field to Fork Pressure Cook Dry Beans to Save Money and Time (FN1939, Sept. 2019)

Dry beans are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber and several other nutrients for an affordable price.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.