Instant Pot Duck Ale Chili

Instant Pot Duck Ale Chili

People ask me a lot of questions. Obviously, I have a weird life and weird job that warrants question asking from strangers and well-intentioned people at dinner parties that can’t wrap their brains around this being a real job.

I get it, I still have a hard time believing that this is an actual job. After all, I just made it up. Then I figured out how to get paid for it. It was after hearing the advice, “it’s better to invent a job than to find one.” Challenge accepted.

The question I never had a good answer for is: “What’s your favorite beer?” Nope. I don’t have one. I never will. Ever. But I do have a favorite meat. Duck. By far my favorite meat is duck. It’s tragically underused, deliciously fatty, rich and fantastic.

So, once I was gifted this Instant Pot I obviously needed a beer-duck-instant-pot recipe. And seeing as how must of us will soon be watching the Super Bowl (rooting against rather than for a team? No?) Chili seemed a good fit.

The beer is the saddest part. It’s an incredible brown ale that I instantly loved. It was sent to me by Odell Brewing. The sad part? It’s not distributed in my state. So now that it’s gone, it’s out of my life *sad face* until I can make it to Fort Collins to stock up.

If you can get it in your own town, you’re very lucky. Make some Duck Chili to celebrate.

Instant Pot Duck Ale Chili

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1.5 lbs duck breast
  • 1 teaspoons salt (plus additional for duck)
  • 1 cup white onions, diced
  • 5 large cloves garlic, mined
  • 1 large can (28 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15oz) kidney beans(rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can (16 oz) great northern beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 12 ounces brown ale (stout will also work)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Garnishes:
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup parmesan or mozzarella cheese, grated


  1. Score the fat of the duck breast, sprinkle liberally with salt, place inside the instant pot, off heat.
  2. Turn the instant pot to sear, sear the duck breast, fat side down (no additional fat or oil is needed), until golden brown and most of the fat has been rendered.
  3. Remove the duck, add the onions, cooking until they have softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the duck back into the pot along with the remainder of the ingredients (other than garnishes).
  5. Turn instant pot to pressure cook, cook for 30 minutes. Allow the instant pot to release pressure, then open.
  6. Remove the duck, shred using two forks, return to pot.
  7. Serve along side garnishes.


**To make in a slow cooker, sear the duck breast in a pan (start the duck in a cold pan off heat to render the most fat), cook the onions in the duck fat. Add everything other than the beans (and than garnishes) to a slow cooker on low for 6 hours, add the beans in the last hour of cooking. If the chili looks dry, add broth or water.

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9 thoughts on “Instant Pot Duck Ale Chili

  1. I love duck, too. I once made a seared duck breast with sour cherry sauce for a New Year dinner for someone who totally didn’t deserve it.
    But the duck was divine.

    1. Most QFC’s have it. It’s usually frozen. Just keep it in the fridge for 24 hours and it should be good to go

    1. Yes. You can use a pork shoulder and it should work just fine. Just cut it into smaller chunks (about 3 inches each) so that it cooks. You can also use chicken thighs, chicken breast doesn’t have enough fat.

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