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Alton Brown chili topped with schredded cheese and avocados on top, in a bowl

Alton Brown Chili

Alton Brown chili is a hearty no bean chili with intense layers of robust flavor and plenty of fall-apart tender beef to satisfy that inner carnivore.
Course Chili, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Alton Brown Chili, Alton Brown Chili Recipe, How do I make Alton Brown Chili, How to make Alton Brown Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 773kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (12 ounce)bottle medium ale
  • 16 ounces salsa
  • 30 tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce, chopped chopped
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Toppings (optional):

  • cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • tortilla chips
  • avocado, cut into cubes
  • cilantro, chopped


  • Dry beef cubes with paper towels.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the beef cubes with the vegetable oil and salt; set aside.
  • Turn 6.5-quart Instant pot onto saute function.  When the display reads "hot", add the beef in 3 batches and brown on all sides. Remove browned beef to a bowl and continue with remaining beef.
  • Stir the beer into Instant pot and scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan (do not skip or the burn light may turn on).
  • Add the browned beef back to the instant pot along with salsa, tortilla chips, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, and ground cumin and stir to combine. 
  • Place the lid on and set the "steam release" knob to "sealing". Press the "Manual" button and set to pressure cook on low for 25 minutes. Then turn the steam knob to venting to release the remaining pressure.
  • After the pin drops, carefully open lid away from you (there will likely still be remaining steam). Stir the chili. Adjust seasoning, ladle into individual bowls and top with desired toppings.


Calories: 773kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 80g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 4269mg | Potassium: 1620mg | Fiber: 29g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1198IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 9mg