Instant Pot Chasen’s Famous Chili Recipe – THE BEST CHILI

August 5, 2020Van
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Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 13 minutes

Serves: 10

Original Recipe from the cookbook “Chasen’s Where Hollywood Dined,” by Betty Goodwin

I love Old Hollywood. From Singin’ In The Rain, to Sunset Blvd.—I’ve always been obsessed with the “Golden Era” of Hollywood. During this time, Hollywood Players all had one thing in common. No, not their bank accounts—but their love for Chasen’s Chili!

Chasen’s was the go to spot for Hollywood’s Elite. Jimmy Stewart had his bachelor party there, Shirley Temple sipped her non-alcoholic namesake drink at the bar (invented for her at the request of Dave Chasen), Alfred Hitchcock dined there every Thursday night with his wife Alma. You get the picture. But the one thing they’re still known for happens to be one of my favorite foods. Chili.

I’m a chili aficionado. I’ve been making my own for the past 2 decades—and have the best there is. Nothing can compare to Chasen’s Chili. It’s so good in fact Elizabeth Taylor had it shipped to her while filming in Rome, 1962! That’s how good it is.

“The chili is so good. All gone now. Please send me ten quarts of your wonderful chili in dry ice to 448 Via Appia pignatelli. – Love and kisses, Elizabeth Taylor.”

What makes it so special? It’s the meat. Dave Chasen never used chintzy pieces of ground beef—this stew is overloaded with meaty chunks of steak and pork roast that marry with the tangy spice magic. Served with cornbread, this chili is an absolute addiction.

I’ve been making this chili for 10 years. Trust me when I say it’s a MUST MAKE. Sadly Chasen’s left this world in 1995 and took Old Hollywood with it. But let’s look on the bright side—I’ve resurrected this delicious chili just for you.

Chasen's Famous Chili Recipe - THE BEST CHILI

Gebhardt Chili Powder is as necessity for this recipe (purchase here) – this is the brand they used at Chasen’s, and Gebhardt’s has a rich history of it’s own. In 1896, William F. Gebhardt, the inventor of the chili powder, started selling bottles of his concoction and called it Gebhardt’s Eagle Brand Chili Powder – the blend of spices and flavor is fantastic.
Instant Pot Chasen's Famous Chili Recipe - THE BEST CHILI

Instant Pot Chasen's Famous Chili Recipe - THE BEST CHILI

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Instant Pot Chasen's Famous Chili Recipe - THE BEST CHILI

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 13 minutes
  • Serves: 10


  • 2 Pounds Beef Chuck Roast, chili grind or chopped into ⅓ inch chunks (ask your butcher about chili grind)
  • 1 Pound Pork Shoulder Roast, chili grind or chopped into ⅓ inch chunks
  • 6 Tablespoons Gebhardt’s Chili Powder, (do not substitute)
  • ½ Pound Dried Pinto Beans
  • 28 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Green Bellpepper
  • 3 Cups Onions, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed with garlic press
  • ½ Cup Parsley, chopped
  • ½ Cup Salted Butter (1 Stick)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1½ Tablespoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 1½ Tablespoons Ground Cumin


  • 1)

    Cook the beans first by placing ½ Pounds of Dried Pinto Beans and 3 Cups of Water into the Instant Pot. Seal the lid and set for 35 minutes, when the timer is up, wait 10 minutes before switching the knob to venting, when the pin drops open the lid. Drain the water and place the beans into a bowl and set aside.

  • 2)

    Place the pot/liner back into the Instant Pot, choose Sauté on High. When it says hot, add 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil and chopped Green Bell Peppers – sauté for about 2 minutes then add the 3 Cups of chopped Onions, sauté for an additional 3 minutes and add 2 crushed Garlic Cloves, ½ Cup chopped Parsley and give it a quick stir. Pour the green bell peppers and onion mixture into a bowl and set aside. Add 1 Stick of Butter to the pot, when the butter has melted, add beef chuck, pork shoulder, 6 Tablespoons Gebhardt’s Chili Powder, 1 Tablespoon Salt, 1½ Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper, 1½ Teaspoons Ground Cumin, sauté until the meat is browned, this will take about 10 minutes. Hit Cancel to turn off Sauté mode.

  • 3)

    Add the Green Bell Pepper and Onion mixture back into to the pot, add 28-ounce can of Diced Tomatoes along with all the juices, add the cooked Pinto Beans, add ¼ Cup of Water, give it a quick stir and seal the Instant Pot lid. Choose High Pressure and set for 13 Minutes, once the timer is up wait an additional 13 Minutes before switching the knob to Venting. Once the pin drops, open the lid. Stir very well, if you want it slightly thicker, turn Sauté back on for a few minutes and continue to stir until it reaches your desired consistency. Skim off excess fat and serve. Enjoy one of the best bowls of chili you will ever have!

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