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Nuanced Chili

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Yesterday on the way home from an appointment my daughter asked for chili. I told here I could grab her some from the restaurant up the street and she said it wouldn't be the same as my homemade chili. So this morning I started to work on a pot of chili for her which will go great with the polar vortex setting in. Unfortunately, the last time I sent someone to the store for groceries instead of chili seasoning the got be chili powder. Not quite the same thing so today I threw together the best pot of Chilli I have ever made, sheerly because someone goofed and I had to make due. Hope you Enjoy!

Serves 6-8


1 to 1½ pounds 80/20 Ground Beef

1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Black Pepper

1- 14½ ounce can of Diced Tomatoes

1- 15½ ounce can of Chili Beans

1- 15½ ounce of Black Beans

1 cup of your Favorite Salsa

2 Tablespoons of Chili Seasoning (see recipe)

1 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper Sauce

⅓ Cup Dark Brown Sugar


Mix together

4 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1½ Tablespoons Cumin

2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder

2 teaspoon Paprika

1½ teaspoon Red Chili Flakes

1 teaspoon Onion Powder

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

½ teaspoon Cinnamon

Store in air tight container


  1. Brown ground beef with minced garlic, salt, and black pepper in you Insta-pot or a pan on the stove.

  2. Drain oil from beef and return to pan.

  3. Add tomatoes, beans, salsa, chili seasoning, cayanne pepper sauce, and brown sugar to Insta-pot or pan and stir thoroughly.

  4. Salt to taste.

  5. If using an Insta-pot pressurize and cook for 20 minutes. If cooking on stove simmer on low for an hour.

  6. Allow Insta-pot to depressurize on it's own before serving.

May be served with Sweetcorn Bread Casserole or over a noodle of your choice. Consider topping with chopped sweet onions, shredded chedder cheese or sour cream for additional flavor. Enjoy!


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