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The Best Instant Pot Chili Recipe

January 29, 2017
The Best Instant Pot Chili Recipe

If you’re looking for the best Instant Pot Chili recipe, then you’ve come to the right place. Disclaimer – this is not an authentic chili, this a chili recipe that your kids, and picky mother, will eat. If you throw it on top of some spaghetti noodles you’d have a pretty decent Cincinnati chili, but that’s weird so…  

I make a killer authentic chili too, but that takes a bit more planning and specific ingredients like a nice cut of beef instead of ground beef. This chili, the best Instant Pot Chili, is something you can make with whatever is in your pantry. It is an incredibly forgiving recipe. I used ground beef but you could use ground turkey, ground chicken, diced chicken or skip the meat completely and make it vegetarian. Whatever floats your boat!

I’m listing amounts of ingredients for posterity, use however much you prefer. I love celery and I throw a ton of it in this recipe (it gives the daughter something to do since she has to pick it all out), I also like a lot of garlic and cumin. I eyeball things, rarely measure, and I suspect most of you do the same. 

If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet you can get one here. Seriously, what are you waiting for, get your shit together and get one of these incredible time saving devices! I have the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W which is about $105, but they make a less expensive version too. The standard Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) is only $79. The only difference between the two is the one I have makes yogurt. The other difference is that the $79 version is back ordered for 2-3 months while the 7 in 1 version is in stock. Wow.

The Best Instant Pot Chili Recipe

What you will need:

1 lb ground beef

3 cups chopped celery

2/3rd cups diced onion (I prefer white onion, but I only had yellow on hand)

4 cans beans (or more or less. I used mild chili beans, kidney beans and pinto beans because that’s what was in the pantry)

2 cans tomato sauce

1 can diced tomato

1 can sweet corn (drained)

Cumin, salt and pepper, chili powder to taste 

5 Hershey’s Kisses (or a small handful of chocolate chips or whatever you have on hand)

Brown the onions and ground beef in the Instant Pot on sauté. Drain fat and return to Instant Pot. Or just use the glass lid for the Instant Pot
to cover and drain. 

Dump all your ingredients into the Instant Pot, give it a stir and set the pressure cooker to Chili, or set it manually for 30 minutes at high pressure. 

Make sure the pressure valve is closed. I really can’t stress how important it is that this is closed. If you leave it open the Instant Pot will not pressurize and you will have just wasted a good 30 minutes, and will need to start over. Don’t ask how I know this.

 

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Tater Tot Hot Dish with Mushroom Risotto

January 10, 2017
Tater Tot Hot Dish with Mushroom Risotto

This recipe, Tater Tot Hot Dish with Mushroom Risotto, is a variation of the Authentic Minnesota Tater Tot Hot Dish. Like all great flukes it happened because I didn’t read the recipe carefully and ended up with way too much liquid so I had to find a way to make it less soggy. I had a bag of Alessi Risotto with Mushrooms so I quickly cooked it up and added it to the mixture. 

You’ll notice I said mixture. Oops. Another mistake. I mixed all of the ingredients instead of layering them. 

Even though I am an authentic Minnesotan, I did not grow up on Tater Tot Hot Dish. I did date a guy whose mom made it (and he raved about) but that was as close to it as I got until I made it last year.

OMG it is delicious! And it’s perfect for cold weather. I have not tried it in the InstantPot because I just don’t think the Tater Tots would do well in it. They really need to get crisped up in the oven.

You can see the original recipe here.

Tater Tot Hot Dish with Mushroom Risotto

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 lb ground beef, browned

2 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

2 can vegetables (I used corn and peas because I didn’t have two cans of either one of them)

1 packaged prepared Alessi risotto with mushrooms, or any packaged rice with mushrooms

While the oven is preheating, brown the ground beef (seasoning to taste as you cook) and drain off the grease.

In a mixing bowl combine soup, ground beef, drained vegetables and risotto. Mix well. Place mixture in baking dish or casserole.

Arrange tater tots on top of mixture.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Top with your favorite variety of shredded cheese as you serve.

That’s it! This is a great hot dish for a winter day when you have to go out and shovel snow. Goes well with any boxed white wine.

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Redhead Ranting 2016 Roundup

December 31, 2016
Redhead Ranting 2016 Roundup

For your reading pleasure I’ve put together my sometimes annual Redhead Ranting 2016 Roundup. Every other media outlet does a roundup so I thought, what the heck, I’ll do one too!

I’m actually surprised I wrote enough this year for a roundup. In fact, I actually wrote and published 60 posts this year, which is my third time high since I started blogging in 2007. It’s twice as much as I wrote last year.

There were basically 4 categories this year, the election, my mother, recipes, and Prince, and an outlier about Dini the cat. It’s a long post, and most didn’t bother to read it, but it’s one that harkens back to my early days of blogging, when I just told a story and enjoyed the journey.

No One Ever Said There Would Be This Much Cat Vomit

Blog Posts about the Election

I really didn’t think he’d win, and I might watch too much Walking Dead.

How to Survive the Trumpacolypse

How to Prepare for the Post Election Apocalypse

OMG Stop Unfriending Each Other!

Blog Posts about my Relationship with My Mother

My relationship with my mother is difficult at best, but it isn’t unique. I also posted a story from my book, Minnesota Nice. 

Life Isn’t Fair

I Made my Mother Cry… Again

Do You Know your ACE Score?

Recipes

I cook a lot this year, mostly because I got an Instant Pot – the most awesome thing ever!

Shrimp Alfredo in 7 Minutes

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Hot Dish Instant Pot Recipe

Authentic Minnesota Tater Tot Hot Dish Recipe – Seriously, if you try a new dish in 2017, make it the MN Tater Tot Hotdish, you won’t be sorry. 

Best and Worst in Books and Movies and Blogs

I saw and reviewed several movies this year, they aren’t worth sharing here except for one exceptionally horrible movie I really hoped would be awesome. It wasn’t.

Independence Day Resurgence Review

Life Changing Books

Bloggers who Blog

Prince and Jacob

2016 was a year of loss, but these two are still difficult for me to reckon with. 

Summer in Minnesota 2016: We Lost Prince and Found Jacob

On the Passing of Prince, from a Minnesotan

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Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo in 7 Minutes

September 14, 2016
Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo in 7 Minutes

Have I mentioned how much I love my Instant Pot? This Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo in 7 Minutes recipe is so simple even the kids could fix dinner. Of course, my kids won’t, but they will eat it up. So far the Instant Pot has not let me down. Without fail I forget to take something out of the freezer to cook for dinner. With the Instant Pot, thawing isn’t necessary.

Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo in 7 Minutes

ingredients for shrimp alfredo

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 cup diced onions (red or white, I use whatever I have in the fridge)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 bag frozen, cooked shrimp

2 cups chicken broth

1 box pasta

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tsp flour

1 cup half & half, milk or cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Putting it all together:

Plug in Instant Pot and set to sauté.

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Sauté onions in the olive oil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes leave in Instant Pot. I had a few leftover chopped white onions from my Cheesy Smoked Sausage Hot Dish Instant Pot Recipe so I used them here and then added some diced red onion too.

shrimp-pasta

After you’ve sautéd the onions add the frozen shrimp, broth and uncooked pasta.

Lock the cover and set Instant Pot to high pressure for 7 minutes. Be sure the steam release handle is closed. It will take a few minutes for it to pressurize and will make some wheezing noises while it does. Once it is pressurized the timer will appear on the display.

When the timer goes off use the quick release method by turning the steam release handle to open. This will release all the steam in a couple of minutes making it safe to open the Instant Pot. You want to use the quick release method so the pasta doesn’t overcook (ever time you overcook pasta and angel dies, so don’t let it happen).

shrimp

Hit the sauté button again and add your half & half, parmesan cheese and flour, stirring occasionally as it thickens.

That’s it! Dish it up and call the kids down.

Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo in 7 Minutes

 

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Cheesy Smoked Sausage Hotdish Instant Pot Recipe

August 17, 2016
Cheesy smoked sausage hotdish Instant pot recipe

I’ve been cooking with my Instant Pot just about every day since I got it a few weeks ago. I used the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W, but you can use any pressure cooker. I put together this cheesy smoked sausage hotdish Instant Pot recipe so I could use up some kielbasa I had in the freezer. Not only was it super easy to make, and super tasty, it was a super fast meal to make, too. It took all of 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Hotdish Instant Pot Recipe

ingredients for cheesy smoked sausage hot dish recipe for Instant Pot

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 cup Chopped Onion

2 tbsp Minced Garlic

1 1/2 – 2 cups Chicken Broth

1 – 2 lbs Smoked Sausage – Sliced

1 can Diced Tomatoes

1 box Uncooked Pasta (I used penne but you can use any kind)

1/2 cup Half & Half, Milk or Cream

1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese

1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Putting it together:

Plug in Instant Pot and set to sauté.

onions

Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until lightly browned, takes about 5 minutes. Leave in Instant Pot. I used both yellow and red onions, use whichever you prefer.

Sausage

After you’ve sautéd the garlic and onion add the sausage and continue sautéing for 1-2 more minutes. Turn off Instant Pot, but keep stirring so nothing sticks to the bottom.

SausageTomato

Add diced tomatoes and give it a stir.

sausage pasta

Add pasta and add chicken broth. Most recipes I’ve seen for the Instant Pot suggest adding enough liquid to cover the pasta. What I’ve discovered is that the pasta gets soggy that way. I wanted an al dente pasta so I used less liquid. I rarely measure the liquid with the Instant Pot, just eyeball it. If the pasta isn’t soaking in liquid you’re good to go, unless you like your pasta soggy and then by all means drown it.

Securely lock the lid in place and make sure the steam release handle is closed. I used the manual setting on high pressure for 7 minutes. You can also use the Bean/Chili setting and adjust the time if you prefer.

Turn off Instant Pot and do a quick pressure release by moving the steam release handle to the venting position. It’s important when cooking pasta to do a quick release, otherwise the pasta will continue to cook while the loses pressure, which takes about 20 minutes. Nasty pasta that way. Ick.

Cheese

Remove lid and add half & half and cheese. Stir until creamy.

Cheesy smoked sausage hotdish Instant pot recipe

Serve!

This was such a super easy recipe and the kids loved it. I added a salad and some garlic bread to make it a meal.

I have no idea how many calories or any of that good stuff are in this hotdish.

cheesy smoked sausage hot dish with salad and bread