Picante Chili

I’m determined to use my pressure cooker more this year, because it just makes sense. Last night I had this delicious supper done with little effort, or clean up.  There’s not much liquid in this version, so if you want liquid, add a cup of water or stock.  And, of course, you could make it in a slow cooker, or on top of the stove.

Picante Chili

Picante Chili

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 6


  • 2-3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground meat ( I used 1 lb each of beef, deer, and pork)
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle beer (ale is delicious)
  • 2 cups picante
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 chipotle pepper, seeds removed, chopped and a little of the adobo sauce
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp granulated onion powder


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil, brown meat (you may have to do it in batches). I used a pressure cooker, so at this point I placed meat in the pressure cooker, but you could use a slow cooker.
  2. Deglaze skillet with beer, and add it to the meat.
  3. Stir the rest of the ingredients in, place the pressure cooker on medium heat. Place the top on the pressure cooker.
  4. When the cooker reaches temperature, lower heat just to maintain cooking, and time for 25 minutes.
  5. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, onions, beans, cornbread……..