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1-Hour Pressure Cooker Texas-Style Chile Con Carne

This is a Chile recipe that has such deep and complex flavors, you will want to double it to freeze and have on hand for long, cold winter nights. The peppers were all purchased on Amazon, and quite expensive, but you probably get enough to last a lifetime. Feel free to substitute your favorite dried peppers. This recipe, made as shown, is HOT! I have made this recipe as published and milder. Both were great-flavored.

From Kenji Lopez:

1-Hour Pressure Cooker Texas-Style Chile Con Carne

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By Serves: 6 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour


  • 3 whole sweet fresh dried chilies like Costeño, New Mexico, or Choricero, stems and seeds removed
  • 2 small hot dried chilies like Arbol or Cascabel, stems and seeds removed
  • 3 whole rich fruity dried chilies like Ancho, Mulatto, Negro, or Pasilla, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 quarts homemade chicken stock or store-bought low-sodium broth
  • 2 whole Chipotle dried chilies canned in adobo sauce, plus 2 tablespoons sauce, stems and seeds removed
  • 4 pounds whole beef chuck, trimmed of excess gristle and fat, cut into 2 to 3 large steaks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce, plus more to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons masa harina (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped onions, scallions, grated cheese, avocado, and warm tortillas for serving as desired



Place dried chilies on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high power in 15-second increments until pliable and toasted-smelling, about 30 seconds total. Transfer to a 2-quart microwave-safe liquid measuring cup or bowl. Add chicken broth and chipotle chilies, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high power until gently simmering, about 5 minutes. Remove from microwave and set aside.


Cut steaks into large cubes. Season chuck steaks generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in the base of an electric or stovetop pressure cooker over high heat until just starting to smoke. Sauté meat 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.


Add onions to pressure cooker and cook, stirring frequently until translucent and softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, and oregano, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the soaked chilies and the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Transfer mixture to the jar of a blender. Blend, starting on the lowest possible setting and gradually increasing speed to high (make sure to hold the lid down with a clean kitchen towel or a potholder to prevent it from blowing out). Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Return purée to the pressure cooker.


Transfer meat to the pressure cooker. Bring to a simmer, season gently with salt and pepper, seal pressure cooker, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.


Quick Release pressure using quick release valve on instant pot. Remove lid. Stir in fish sauce, masa harina (if using), and vinegar. Add hot sauce to taste. Simmer until thickened to desired consistency, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt. For best results, allow chili to cool and store in the refrigerator at least overnight and up to five days. Reheat the next day to serve.


Serve, garnished with cilantro, chopped onions, scallions, grated cheese, avocado, and warm tortillas as desired.


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