Firehouse Chili

True comfort in a bowl — this fantastic chili is full of bold flavors with the perfect amount of heat!

Firehouse Chili in a pot with jalepenos on top on the table

Cook Time:  15 minutes

Prep Time:   23 minutes

Serves:  6

By:  The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein



2 tablespoon olive, vegetable, corn, or canola oil

2 medium green bell peppers stemmed, cored, and chopped (2 cups)

1 medium yellow onion chopped (1 cup)

2 medium garlic cloves peeled and minced (2 teaspoons)

2 pounds plum or Roma tomatoes chopped (4 cups)

1/4 cup standard chili powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon table salt

15-ounce red kidney beans drained and rinsed (1-2/3 cups)

3/4 cup chicken broth

2 pounds lean ground beef

1/4 cup tomato paste



  1. Press Saute’, set time for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour the oil into a 6-quart cooker to warm for a minute or two. Then add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and continue cooking, stirring several times, until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chile powder, oregano, cumin, coriander, and salt until fragrant, just a few seconds. Add the beans and broth, then crumble in the ground beef and stir well. Turn off the Saute’ function and lock the lid onto the pot.
  4. Optional 1 Max Pressure Cooker
    Press Pressure cook on Max pressure for 6 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  5. Optional 2 All Pressure Cookers
    Press Bean/Chili or Pressure cook (Manual) on High pressure for 8 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  6. Option 3 Slow Cook
    Press Slow Cook option on High for 3 hours with Keep Warm setting off (or on for no more than 2 hours)
  7. If you’ve used a pressure setting, when the machine has finished cooking, use the quick-release method to bring the pot’s pressure back to normal.
  8. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker.
  9. Press Saute’, set time for 5 minutes.
  10. Stir in the tomato paste. Bring to a full simmer, stirring all the while. Stir for 2 or 3 minutes at a full simmer until a little bit thickened and almost irresistible. Turn off the Saute’ function and remove the hot insert from the cooker to stop the cooking.


Recipe Notes

  • For a 3-quart cooker, you must use 1/2 cup broth and halve the remaining ingredients.
  • For an 8-quart cooker, you must keep the ingredients as they are but increase the broth to 1-1/4 cups—or simply increase all the ingredients by 50 percent.
  • Serve with dollops of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
  • And/or serve with spoonful’s of pickle relish, or even purchased India relish (a savorier version of pickle relish), as well as bottled hot red pepper sauce.
  • Use a 50/50 mix of lean ground beef and lean ground pork.