Cliche alert… Much like the scene scene from Full Metal Jacket, I firmly believe that “This is my ‘Instantpot chili recipe’. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”, I do not however view it as either my best friend or my life, more a warm and welcoming friend that just makes things a little bit better. I have kicked around the notion of putting my chili con carne recipe up here on Krumpli for you all to play around with and fought that urge instead offering up my play on a chili in the form of a pumpkin chili, however the arrival of my InstantPot has persuaded me to dust of my recipe and update it a little and create my own InstantPot chili recipe. Like most InstantPot recipes I have adapted from my old staples very little has changed apart from obviously cooking times, the big difference is always liquid levels, I usually cook my chili in a ‘dutch oven’ with a slightly cracked lid allowing some liquid to evaporate, that does not happen in a pressure cooker so the initial liquid levels for this InstantPot chili have been scaled back a great deal. The other possibly unusual addition is the butter and paprika at the end, my time in Hungary has taught me that paprika really does not to be cooked to hard, in order to get the best of it then some gentle heat is all you need to get the biggest bang for your buck. As for butter, well it’s butter and butter adds a glorious roundness and beauty to everything, the French have used butter to enrich sauces for like a million years, so it can only do good things to a chili!
I can’t believe that this time next week we will be in March and I will be in a state of panic to get myself ahead both here and elsewhere ready for our first visitor of the year, my Mother in Law is making her first visit much earlier than normal this year to see a different side of Hungary. We will naturally be all about culture, well primarily booze and sport, both of which she enjoys so we have a week of Football, Handball and Water Polo scheduled in along with the consumption of obscene amounts of alcohol and no doubt lots of eating out in overly generous Hungarian restaurants. And then… Well then it will be time to plant our crops once again and begin our annual dance with Mother Nature, note I refer to it as a dance now, by the time we get to August it will be referred to as a bloody pitched battle. But hey change of seasons YAY, enjoy this InstantPot chili and keep your eyes open over the next month for some new season food 😀