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Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili (Video)

Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili is a delicious option for chili that’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet phase one. And this can even be Paleo if you skip the optional cheese and sour cream toppings. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com

This Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili is a recipe I came up with several years ago when a reader requested a low-carb all beef chili. Jake and I loved this beefy chili when we tested the recipe, but the original photos were kind of so-so, and the recipe never became much of a hit. Then recently I bought one of those two-packs chuck roasts from Costco and decided to use one of them to update the photos for this tasty chili and see if I could entice a few more people to try it!

When I first made this all beef chili it was long before the Instant Pot was a thing, and I made in a Cuisinart electric pressure cooker. That worked perfectly well, and if you haven’t taken the Instant Pot plunge yet, you can certainly make this in any type of pressure cooker you have, or even simmer the chili in a pan on the stove if you prefer. (Add a bit more beef stock if you’re cooking on the stove.) Of course, now that I have officially become an Instant Pot fan, I used my 6-Quart Instant Pot to make the chili this time.

The recipe uses about 3 pounds of beef cubes, and I didn’t want to have to brown it in two batches in the Instant Pot, so I browned the meat in a huge frying pan on the stove. (You can use the Instant Pot for that if you don’t mind cooking the meat in two batches.) While the meat cooked I used the Instant Pot to brown the onions and then cook them a bit with the garlic, and spices. I also used Ro-Tel Tomatoes and canned green chiles to give this chili plenty of heat, but you can definitely use plain tomatoes or reduce the amount of Ancho Chile powder if you want it less spicy. Please do eat this chili with grated cheese and sour cream if you like that kind of topping on your chili; hope you enjoy!


Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com

Trim away any large pockets of fan from the beef roast and cut into bite-sized pieces. (You can save those scraps to make homemade beef stock if you’d like.) Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the beef cubes very well. (You may need to do that in two batches if you don’t have a large frying pan. Brown the beef in the Instant Pot in two batches if you prefer.)

Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com

While the meat browns, chop the onion, heat a little oil in the Instant Pot on SAUTE, medium heat, and cook the onion 3-4 minutes or until it’s barely starting to brown. Add the crushed garlic, ground Ancho chile powder, sweet paprika, Mexican oregano, and ground cumin and cook a minute or two longer. Then add the browned meat, beef stock (deglaze the pan if you browned the beef on the stove), and Ro-Tel or canned tomatoes. Lock the lid and set to HIGH pressure, 15 minutes. When time is up, use NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE. Stir in the can of diced green chiles (if using) and check the thickness of the chili. If you want it a bit thicker, turn to SAUTE, low heat and simmer until the chili has thickened to your liking. Stir in the lime juice and season with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.

Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, with grated cheese and sour cream to add at the table if desired.

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Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. beef chuck cubes (start with a chuck roast that’s about 3 1/2 pounds, trim the fat and cut up)
  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 very large onion, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 T crushed garlic
  • 1 T ground Ancho chile peppers
  • 2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp. Mexican oregano or oregano
  • 1 T ground cumin (or less if you’re not a big cumin fan)
  • 1/2 cup homemade beef stock or beef broth
  • 2 cans (10 oz. can) diced tomatoes with green chiles (I used Rotel. You will need to simmer longer at the end if you use larger cans of tomatoes.)
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles with juice (Anaheim chiles, this is probably optional but good)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 T fresh squeezed lime juice (optional, I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
  • grated Mexican cheese blend for serving (optional)
  • sour cream for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Trim away the fat from the chuck roast and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces.  (I save the scraps to make homemade beef stock.)
  2. Heat two teaspoons of the oil in a large heavy frying pan and brown the meat well. (If you prefer you can brown the meat in the Instant Pot in two batches. You may need to do this in two batches on the stove as well if your frying pan isn’t large enough.)
  3. While meat browns, chop the onion. Heat the other 2 teaspoons of oil in the Instant Pot on SAUTE, medium heat, and cook the onion until it’s starting to get browned.  Add the crushed garlic, ground Ancho Chile, sweet paprika, Mexican oregano, and ground cumin and cook a minute or two more.
  4. Add the browned meat to the Instant Pot, then deglaze the pan with the beef stock and add to Instant Pot along with the 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes.
  5. Lock the lid at set to HIGH PRESSURE 15 minutes. Use NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE when the pressure cooker switches off.
  6. Remove the lid and add 1 can diced green chiles (if using) an stir it into the chili.  Check the thickness of the chili and if you want it thicker use SAUTE, low heat and simmer until chili is thickened and flavors are combined.
  7. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Stir in lime juice (if using).
  8. Serve hot, with grated cheese and sour cream to add at the table if desired.

This recipe adapted from Texas-Style Chili in The Pressure Cooker Cookbookby Tori Ritchie.

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Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This chili would be suitable for most any low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan or any phase of the South Beach Diet.  Remember the South Beach guideline about meat with less than 10% fat when you’re trimming the meat, and low-fat cheese and low-fat sour cream is recommended by South Beach. For other low-carb diets use full-fat cheese and dairy and don’t worry quite so much about trimming the meat.

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21 comments on “Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili (Video)”

  1. Don't you just love how fast the pressure cooks! I love mine. It's actually made me a bit lazy because I know I can throw dinner together in 15-20 minutes if I have to.

  2. Jeanette, I have to confess I am loving the electric pressure cooker far more than I thought I would!

  3. Today's the perfect day to make this since its so grey and about to rain.

    I need to try out pressure cooking. 🙂

  4. Becky I am loving the electric pressure cooker.

  5. I'm still so new to pressure cooking, so I have to ask: could you brown the meat, etc., in the pressure cooker? Or doesn't that get it brown enough?

  6. Lydia, with three pounds of meat, if you browned it in the pressure cooker you'd have to do it in several batches, so I just opted for a big pan.

  7. Looks like a great meal. Glad you're loving your electric pressure cooker!

  8. Barbara, I am totally loving it! And glad I have your site for help when I need it.

  9. Could I make this in a slow cooker or in a pot on the stove? I supposed the instructions are the same, the cooking time is just extended.

  10. I'm sure it could be made either on the stove or in a slow cooker, but since I haven't done it that way I couldn't give complete instructions for it. In general though, I would use a slightly less liquid for cooking in the slow cooker, and for cooking on the stove you'd need quite a bit more liquid to replace what evaporates. Love to hear how it works if you try it!

  11. I have some ground grass-fed beef. Would that work?

    • I'm guess it will work, but part of the reason for using the pressure cooker is to make the meat tender. Since this is already going to be tender, I'd probably reduce the cooking time.

      And I have not actually tried cooking ground beef in the slow cooker so you might want to google it for cooking times.

  12. I made this yesterday. Really good. I couldn’t find ground Ancho Chilis so I just used the chili powder I had. I bought Paprika, don’t know if it was sweet, but I bought it at Spanish grocery, and when I opened it was so surprised at the flavorful smell. I always think of Paprika as being so mild.

    I do like the meat at Aldi. I used 2 packages of their Angus Beef stew meat. perfect size and didn’t have to trim. Thanks!

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