Instant Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili

Is it Chili Powder or Chile Powder? The answer is: it depends. Here at Red Stick Spice, when you see “Chili” Powder, that means it’s a blend—a blend of chiles, onion, garlic, paprika, salt, etc. We have a basic Chili Powder and a more robust blend called Dark la Mesa Chili Powder. When you see “Chile” Powder at Red Stick Spice, then you are looking at a single ingredient powder ground from a whole dried chile like Chipotle, Jalapeno, Habanero or Ghost. These can be used in a variety of dishes—including Chili! Confused? Don’t be. Just ask us. We will get the right ingredients in your hands.

Smoked Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey
2 Tbl brown sugar
2 Tbl Dark la Mesa Chili Powder
2 tsp Smoked Hot Paprika
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 15-oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
1 tsp Roasted Garlic Sea Salt
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can pack pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 cup frozen corn
15 oz water (use one of the cans above!)
Juice of 1 lime

Set the Instant Pot to saute on high. Drizzle in the Smoked Extra Virgin Olive Oil to just coat the bottom. Add in the onion and celery. Saute until well browned—you want to create some fond on the bottom of the pot. Add in the ground meat and saute, breaking up with a spoon. Brown briefly then add in all other ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly distributed.

 Be sure to scrape off any accumulated fond on the bottom of the instant pot. It’s important to do this because the Instant Pot does not know the difference between fond (good) and burning (bad.) If you don’t get all the fond scraped up and distributed in the mixture, the pot will give you a “Burn” indication and not proceed with cooking. If this happens, it’s ok. Just open the pot, add a little water, scrape up the fond, replace the lid and resume pressure cooking.

 Press cancel. Set the instant to Manual Pressure Cook on High. Set for 12 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes. After the 15 minute natural release, press the release valve and release any remaining pressure. Open the lid and stir in the lime juice. Taste and adjust the flavors with salt and pepper. Serve with Cornbread Croutons and Quick Pickled Red Onions.


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