Easy Pressure Cooker Chili for July 4th

Easy Hamburger Recipe in a Pressure Cooker

Make this Easy Pressure Cooker Chili any day of the year. See how you can save money on multiple hamburger dishes. Prepare pressure-cooked and slow-cooked recipes that are simply delicious and convenient for busy schedules.

Ground Beef Choices

ground beef prices

The next time you go grocery shopping, take a moment to review the prices of all of the hamburger packages. You’ll find several available options:

  1. one pound
  2. three pound
  3. ten pound
  4. thirty pound
  5. lean
  6. extra lean
  7. 93% lean
  8. 85% lean
  9. 78% lean

I’m sure you’ll discover other options as well, but the nine listed above are ones I find regularly.

lean hamburger
73% Lean Ground Beef
Extra Lean Beef
Ground Chuck 85% X-Lean


ground beef
Ground Chuck Large Pack

Planning a July 4th hamburger grilling party for friends?

On a particular supermarket outing, food blogger Patty Cakes from pattycakespantry.com and I compared hamburger prices. There were two ten-pound packages, 85% X-Lean for $2.88 per pound and 93% XX-Lean for $3.695 per pound.   The 93% XX-Lean has less fat. So the choice is yours: less fat or less expensive. When the budget is lean, the less-expensive option wins every time if it’s left up to me. And if you’re grilling, you don’t have to bother with draining the grease – it drips right into the coals.  

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Pressure Cooker Meals Beat Sweating it Out in the Kitchen

Who wants to cook over a hot stove when the temperature is in the 90s or 100s? Not me! Try what I do – cook in an electric pressure cooker. It saves having to sweat it out in the kitchen. I made the following chili recipe in my pressure cooker. Easy! Delicious! It hardly takes any time to prepare or cook.

Chili is often a fall favorite, but it can be great in the summer as well. For instance, the new Simple Summer Recipe cookbook has a summer chili recipe and an open-faced chili sandwich recipe. Oh, and don’t forget chili hotdogs during your July 4th celebrations.

Some people don’t want to cook in a pressure cooker because they don’t understand how they work and are afraid the thing might blow up. My mother used to cook in a stove-top pressure cooker for years and never had a problem with it. The modern electric kind comes with instructions and recipes. If you feel extra cautious, ask a friend who has one to show you how to operate it. 

Want to know a secret about my pressure cooking? I was one of those that wasn’t accustomed to cooking with one – even though my mother made plenty of old-fashioned pressure cooker meals. So my friend who loved cooking in hers came over for dinner, and together, we made a roast and vegetable dinner in my new electric Farberware pressure cooker. Now? I make all kinds of recipes in it. It amazes me how fast it cooks a whole meal. 

Pressure Cooker Chili

Easy chili in an electric pressure cooker

Author Angie Horn


  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 bell pepper (optional)
  • 3 lbs. 93% Lean Hamburger
  • seasoning to taste
  • 1 can Rotel Regular Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 can sweet white corn
  • 1 can pinto beans


  1. Dice the onion and bell pepper and place into the pressure cooker.

  2. Add the hamburger to the onion and bell pepper and season according to your preference.

  3. Turn the pressure cooker on the Sear/Roast option, leaving the lid open.

  4. Stir the hamburger/onion/bell pepper mixture until the meat is done and drain the grease.

  5. Remove approximately 1-1/2 lbs. of the hamburger to store in a container in the fridge for another recipe.

  6. Add the Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, corn, and pinto beans and stir with the remaining hamburger.

  7. Lock the pressure cooker lid, and cook the chili on the Soup/Stew option (cooks 35 minutes).

  8. When the 35 minutes is up, your chili is ready to eat.

  9. Serve with crackers, toast, or over rice. 

Kitchen Appliances Make Life Easier

Kitchen appliances make life in the kitchen convenient. My husband and I actually still use the toaster we were given at our wedding shower, and that’s been nearly 39 years! Can you imagine? Since it’s older, thicker slices of bread, like bagels, don’t fit in our toaster. But it works for us.

The electric griddle comes in pretty close to the top of my kitchen cooking appliance favorites. My dad, daughter, and I went Christmas shopping one year to pick out gifts for a Chinese Gift Exchange our family was having. We chose an electric griddle. Daddy was quite generous and because I didn’t have one, he bought two of them. That was my Christmas present from him that year. Fond memories!

What is your favorite kitchen appliance to cook with?


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