Owning a Ninja Foodi has me trying all sorts of things. I wondered if I could make chili from frozen ground beef. I didn’t Google Pressure cooking chili instead I just went for it. Surely you can pressure cook frozen ground meat and then slow cook the rest for delicious chili right?
Yes you can.
One of the reasons I have to meal plan weekly is because everyone in this family has a serious hanger. When everyone is on edge and saying they are starving and I don’t know what to make, I cave. I panic. I think, ” What can I throw together quickly?”
The Ninja Foodi has been a life saver for those moments. Meal planning is the real life saver though.
I need to have our meals up on the dry erase board. For some reason when the meal is up on the board I’m less hesitant to change it last minute because I may not be in the mood for it. Sticking to your meal plan can be as hard as sticking to your budget.
It was a chilly spring day and I had a couple of packs of ground meat in the freezer. I looked in my pantry and realized I still had so many beans.
My attempts with frozen chicken in the Ninja Foodi were not good at first. I wondered if this attempt would be equally as disappointing.
I didn’t even bother to pull out my phone and search for answers. I did it old school way right?! I went for it.
I put my one pound of ground beef into the pot and added a half a cup of hot water. Using hot water gets the Foodi to pressure quicker.
I pressured cooked it for 20 minutes.
I added in my chili ingredients and two hours later it came out delicious!
The recipe is below.
Recipe For Ninja Foodi Chilli
- 12 ounces lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- fresh ground pepper- to your liking
- 1 can of Chili Beans or Plain Kidney beans will work
- 1/2 cup your choice noodles- I used Ditalini
- Garnish with Sour Cream, Crackers, and Shredded Cheese
In your Ninja Foodi place ground beef in pot. Add 1/2 cup of hot water.
Add pressure cooking lid. Make sure valve is set to seal.
Hit Pressure- High and set for 20 minutes.
Once time is up quick release pressure.
Break up meat if you put it in frozen. Add in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the BEANS.
Cover with pressure cooking lid. Set to Slow Cook. Time 3 hours.
Add the beans during the last 45 minutes of cooking.
After the time is up stir it up and serve with your favorite cheese! We always add sour cream, Ritz crackers, and sharp shredded cheese.