it’s chili outside | instant pot recipes

it’s friday gang!  it’s been a solid week over here on the blog.  in case you missed it, we did a deep dive into fall fashion aimed for the career woman (but also here).  we also officially introduced a new YouTube series fashioned squared over here on the blog.  definitely check it out, especially if you’re looking for outfit ideas.  i show you three ways to wear a white shirt.  video above.  but today is friday.  and i have a crowd over tonight—all of my sons are in town.  and of course we could go out to eat, but there’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal.   in the spirit of keeping it simple ya’ll—more time for laughs—i’ve got an instant pot turkey chili recipe for you.  time to kick back, relax, and pour a drink.

outfit of the day 

it’s casual friday over here at the office today.  and by office, i mean my kitchen.  in keeping with the theme of styling a white shirt, i’ve paired it with a beautiful cashmere sweater from Everlane.  i’ve thrown on a pair of black slacks, but you could do navy just as well.  and of course i spice everything up—just a bit—with leopard print shoes.  head over to Talbots to grab a pair.


tablescape: little cups o’ pumpkin 

keeping with our tablescape from last week on friday’s with oscar, i’ve retooled and added to my pumpkin patch.  in both fashion and decorating, i’m a big believer in versatility and reusability.  decorations, just like clothes, are investments, and the goals is to get as much mileage out of them as possible.  all i’ve had to add from last week’s tablescape are these cute pumpkin chili bowls.  gives it a whole new vibe.  love it.   

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entree: instant pot turkey chili

if you don’t have an instant pot, get one.  they were and are all the rage.  and for good reason.  what can’t these modern wonders do?  very little.  i get a ton of use out of this gadget every fall and winter.  

there are so many different types of recipes out there to choose from.  and they’re all so easy.  today, i’ve chosen a turkey chili one for you.  i’ve picked up the ingredients from Trader Joe’s.  check out last week’s post on how to eat healthy at Trader Joe’s.

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Instant Pot Turkey Chili
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  1. 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 cups chicken broth or beef broth
  5. 1 medium green pepper, diced
  6. 1 (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  7. 1 (14.5 oz) fire roasted salsa style diced tomatoes
  8. 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  9. 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  10. 1/4 cup rinsed uncooked quinoa (optional)
  11. 1 (16 oz) can corn, drained
  12. 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  13. 1 1/2 tsp to 1 Tbsp of chili powder (I don’t love a lot of chili powder so I only put in 1 1/2 tsp)
  14. 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  15. 1 tsp salt
  16. 1/2 tsp pepper
  17. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  18. Toppings: diced green onions, grated cheddar, sour cream and corn chips
  1. Turn your instant pot to the saute setting. Add in the ground turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. Brown it for a couple minutes and then add in the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. About 5 minutes. (If you’re using ground beef you may have to drain off grease).
  2. Add in the broth, green pepper, crushed tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, quinoa, corn, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to “sealing.” Set the manual pressure cook button to 5 minutes on high pressure. When the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes (or more, if you have time). Move the valve to venting and when you can, open the pot.
  4. Stir the chili and then season to taste. You may want to add in more chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve topped with desired toppings. This chili tastes better as leftovers than it does the day of! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This chili would also freeze well. Freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
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sides: corn bread & chips 

when you’ve got a crowd, you’ve gotta have sides.  what’s better with chili than chips and cornbread?  chips before and during the meal.  have ’em with a little salsa and sour cream, and save the rest for dunking in the chili.  

cornbread is a Trader Joe’s mix spiced up with some jalapenos and shredded cheese.  i love cornbread because it’s the perfect mixture between sweet and savory.  how do you do yours?   

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cocktail:  pilsner beer 

we’ve done a lot of fall cocktails over here on the blog.  last week, it was the white pumpkin.  the week before, it was an apple cider mojito.  today, i’m keeping it simple:  beer.  my kiddos love beer, and i do to.  Athens’ craft beer game is strong.  we’ve got Terrapin Beer Company and Creature Comforts to name a few.  if you see them in your local store, make sure to pick a case up.  you won’t be disappointed.  i’m a light beer gal myself:  pilsners and lagers.  coming from the Bay Area, my eldest son is an IPA fan.  what’s your favorite type of beer? 

alright, gang!  that’s a wrap here.  we’ve covered a lot of ground this week and are ending on a high note.  let me know what you’ve got planned for the weekend in the comments below.  are you traveling?  going to see a movie?  dinner for two?  have a new recipe you’re into?  found a new microbrewery near you?  i love to hear what’s going on in your life.  


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  1. gaye hagan wrote:

    I don’t know whether to comment on the outfit, the food, the table setting or Ollie’s handsome pictures. Everything is just perfect! Enjoy the cooler weather!

    Posted 10.11.19
    • Delores Hagan wrote:

      Hi, what has happened to Ollie? Thank you.

      Posted 10.11.19
  2. RUTHI PETERSON wrote:

    That chili looks so good! I can’t wait to make it! Thank you.

    Posted 10.11.19
  3. Trisha Lee Eldredge wrote:

    Beth, I love the sweater and the chili recipe. Would you please tell us where Ollie has gotten to. We haven’t seen her in a long time. I enjoyed her laid back attitude!
    Thanks for the daily dose of class!

    Posted 10.11.19
  4. Paula wrote:

    Beth, this looks like a really good chili recipe. I do not have an Insta Pot you mention to get one. I may have to try that. I like to use my crock pot and this seems like it works much like it only much faster.
    Love the pictures of Oscar. Have a great weekend. It’s definitely much cooler here in Wisconsin.

    Posted 10.11.19
    • Tonya Johnson wrote:

      the texture of meat is SO.MUCH.BETTER. in the Instant Pot!!! Highly recommend.

      Posted 10.11.19
  5. Sharon Olsen wrote:

    Celebration dinner with my inlaw Father in law bday #81 mother in law bday #78 and their 56th Wedding anniversey. Then pumpkin/apple picking. God bless Christopher Columbus! we have a 3 day weekend from school.

    Posted 10.11.19
  6. Chris Illius wrote:

    Hi Beth, I love your blog and posts – today’s is awesome! I agree, not sure which to comment on first.

    But what I’d really like to know is if you could give us a little bit more regarding the clothing items fit and maybe the sizes you were and what size you bought. I find that Everlane never puts lengths of particuliarly their sweaters. But this would help give us (me) a reference. Thanks Beth!
    Going to try this recipe this weekend – and as usual – I LOVE THE TABLESCAPES!
    Have a great weekend

    Posted 10.11.19
  7. Johanna Ducker wrote:

    Love your pumpkin bowls!
    Speaking of breweries, my family will be touring Rhinegeist in Cincinnati this weekend!

    Posted 10.11.19
  8. Lindsey A wrote:

    We are starting on demolition of our shoddily built ‘sunroom’ this weekend, so that we can re-do it properly. It’s a DIY project for us, one of the last things to do on the fixer-upper we bought 9 years ago. So my weekend style is not going to be very stylish!

    But my husband is a brewer, and we still have some beer left over from our 200 person Oktoberfest party a couple of weeks ago. It’s all kegged, so we have some great beer for us and our helpers – everyone loves demo day!

    Posted 10.11.19
    • Joanie wrote:

      Hi Beth
      The chili looks yummy, and I just love Trader Joe’s! The sweater is a great staple for fall and winter. I like the look of your whole outfit. Tonight it is off to a jazz concert. Your outfit or similar would look great! Tomorrow night it’s off to the Iowa-Penn State football game. It sure gets cold here in Iowa! I’m getting out the long underwear!

      Posted 10.11.19
  9. Rebecca wrote:

    Great post and photos! You looking amazing and I’m looking forward to adapting this Friday’s outfit. Enjoy your weekend.

    Posted 10.11.19
  10. Jo Oneal wrote:

    Thanks for the chili recipe and cute outfit. It looks delicious and perfect for a cozy fall weekend! The pumpkin bowls are a great addition!
    We are off to our cabin in the OZarks this weekend to a neighborhood fall gathering and I have some leopard print items packed to wear.
    Hmm…I need to set a fall table too while we are there.
    Enjoy your weekend and as always luv the pics of sweet Oscar!

    Posted 10.11.19
  11. Lisa wrote:

    Fridays with Oscar — another reason to look forward to Friday each week. The chili recipe looks great!

    Posted 10.11.19
  12. Connie wrote:

    Thanks for the instant pot recipe. I’m afraid of mine and haven’t used it yet. I told my husband it was a “tool” not an appliance. So far I’ve gotten away with that since he makes yogurt in it every week. I think its time I braved a chili recipe by myself! I love decorating for fall. I keep a table scape in both the dining room and breakfast nook. Just sit down and enjoy a festive meal!

    Posted 10.11.19
  13. I make my cornbread with 2 boxes of Jiffy in a square pan and drizzle the top with honey before baking.

    Posted 10.11.19
  14. Lael Arrington wrote:

    Finally, FINALLY it’s feeling a bit fallish here in SC too. I use apples and nuts and fall leaves for my dining room tablescape and change out the plates in the kitchen hutch for Tuesday Morning plates with deer, ducks and pheasants. Tomorrow…it’s the SC Gamecocks vs. your Bulldogs! Don’t know that we have a chance, but we’ll enjoy burgers with friends, watching the game and commiserating with each other when it’s over. Go Cocks!

    Posted 10.11.19
    • Well, we’re in shock, but smiling. Great game, Bulldogs.

      Posted 10.12.19
  15. Debra wrote:

    Looks like a trip to Trader Joe’s for me today! I was looking for an idea for dinner this evening and read your blog. The chili sounds perfect! I, too, LOVE my Instant Pot and use it all the time for amazing recipes. Thanks for the great recipe and have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 10.11.19
  16. Ann wrote:

    Love your blog posts and especially Fridays with Oscar.
    I know I ask everytime I see this lovely color lipstick you wear. Will you please share the brand and color! I am seriously crushing on it each post you wear it!!

    Posted 10.11.19
  17. Sharon Mulliken wrote:

    WOW! I couldn’t believe what I saw when I opened your blog today….I, too, was making chili and cornbread for dinner! (for cornbread, I use the Jiffy mix and make corn muffins. we love them!) But what was really weird, was that I was wearing black slacks and a beige sweater with a white blouse! What I wasn’t thinking of was leopard flats….so I put some on and out the door I went. I got a compliment at the beauty shop! I guess I am finally learning some fashion sense lol For our activities this weekend, we are going to see the movie Judy tomorrow night. I’ve heard really good things about it. Then Sunday we are taking kids and grands on our annual quest for pumpkins at the patch and then out for burgers. All fun stuff, and I am excited. Our weather here in Omaha is perfect fall right now. Thanks for your blog, your fashion and interior design tips and just for being YOU. Your blog is the highlight of each day. Hang in there, you are amazing. Sharon

    Posted 10.11.19
  18. Nancy Reed wrote:

    great ideas with the Chili. Hope to use soon. I just love your site!!

    Posted 10.11.19
  19. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Sounds like a fun weekend. And chili is perfect now that the temps are cooling down. We had some the other night and I love that it makes enough for leftovers. Hope you get a chance to enjoy your family–that’s great they’re visiting!

    Posted 10.11.19
  20. Robyn wrote:

    Great outfits, I will definitely use this one for style inspiration!

    Posted 10.12.19
  21. Sarah wrote:

    Beautiful outfit and table! I have that same outfit and shoes except my sweater is gray! I’ll have a full house for Thanksgiving and your menu will be perfect. Ordering the bowls! Trying a new restaurant tonight and then home in time to watch UF best LSU🙏😬

    Posted 10.12.19
  22. Sue wrote:

    This weekend is Canada’s Thanksgiving. So we will be having turkey for sure, but traditional style! That recipe looks good for later in the week.

    Posted 10.13.19
  23. AnnaM. wrote:

    Nice recipe to enjoy!
    Mr.Oscar is a handsome dog I am sure he helps you threw days when you have some lonely times. Pets are so special on our lives.
    Take care dear.

    Posted 10.13.19

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