Author: Mike Vrobel

Bowl of Mexican Chicken Soup in Red Chile broth, with shreds of chicken, cilantro leaves, jalapeno slices, and diced onion on top

Throwback Thursday: Red Chile Broth

Don’t talk about the weather…don’t talk about the weather…don’t…oh, never mind. As the wind howled, I dug through my recipe archives looking for this Red Chile Broth. I needed comfort and warmth and a hit of chile heat to buck me up. I found it, and…wow, what a mess. I tidied up the instructions, updated the pictures, and re-posted it. Enjoy! Recipe link: Pressure Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup in Red Chile Broth (Caldo De Pollo Rojo) What do you think? Questions? Other recipes you want me to clean up? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Pressure Cooker Mexican Garlic Soup (Sopa De Ajo) Pressure Cooker Refried Pinto Beans Pressure Cooker Cochinita Pibil Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.

PicOfTheWeek: Ready for the Super Bowl Party

Here’s the chilies I’m making for the Super Bowl: Top: Big Batch of Quick Chili in an 8-Quart Instant Pot Bottom: Pork Chili with Beans for a Crowd Not pictured: An Instant Pot of Texas Red (I forgot the photos…got caught up in the cooking. Bad blogger! Bad!) What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts My other Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipes Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.

An orange bowl of turkey and bean chili, sprinkled with cheese and green onions, with a bowl of cheese and green onions in the background

Instant Pot Quick Turkey Chili with Canned Beans

It’s chili time! The super bowl means chili for a crowd. For my family’s Super Bowl party, I make two chilis; a real-deal Texas Red chili, and a wimpy chili. (What can I say – I’m from Ohio. Around here, “chili” means ground meat and beans.) Not that I’m against Wimpy Chili – I grew up on it, and I’m a big fan. This is the quickest way I can make it: Instant Pot Quick Turkey Chili with Canned Beans. I have a standard chili technique, so this recipe will look familiar to long-time readers. The mix of spices is the key – I like the hint of Mexican Mole that coriander, cinnamon and cocoa powder bring to the turkey chili. Now, I say “canned beans” here, but I know you have an Instant Pot. (If not, I’m impressed you’re still reading!) To take this recipe from great to fantastic, pressure cook your own beans. Homemade beans are easy with an Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker), and so much better than canned. Check out …

A red bowl of Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Dumplings on a white background

Instant Pot Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Dumplings

I have a confession: I didn’t make this soup the Day After Thanksgiving. I stashed the leftovers from my Christmas turkey in the freezer…and forgot about them. I was googling around for a recipe idea when I stumbled across the idea of mashed potato dumplings. That’s when I remembered the frozen turkey bones in my freezer, and the leftover mashed potatoes from Sunday dinner. I loaded up my Instant Pot with frozen turkey bones and I was off to the races. This is why I beg people to save the bones from roast birds. Leftover turkey, roast chicken, whatever you’ve got – it makes a fantastic pressure cooker broth. After you have broth, the world is your…soup? Yes, the world is your soup. Where was I? Oh, yes, mashed potato dumplings. I couldn’t pass up using leftover mashed potatoes in turkey soup, or calling it Day-After-Thanksgiving soup. (If I could work stuffing and cranberries in somehow, I would. But that seems a bit too far.) The potato takes the place of the milk, butter, and …

Pressure Cooker and Oven Roasted Chickpeas | DadCooksDinner.com

Throwback Thursday: Crispy Chickpeas

I was chatting with a foodie friend at work, and she complained about cooking garbanzo beans. “Chickpeas!” I said. “They’re easy in the Instant Pot!” (Garbanzo beans! Chickpeas! Garbanzo beans! Chickpeas!) Then I told her about the joys of crispy chickpeas, especially when you cook them from dried. Now, you don’t have to cook them yourself – the recipe will work with canned chickpeas. But I’m always surprised by how much flavor home-cooked dried beans have compared to canned. If you’ve never cooked chickpeas, and you have an Instant Pot, you have to try them. Have to, I say! (Pounds fist on table.) Mia, this recipe’s for you: Recipe: Pressure Cooker and Oven Roasted Chickpeas Pressure Cooker and Oven Roasted Chickpeas – DadCooksDinner What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Basic Recipe: Pressure Cooker Chickpeas Pressure Cooker HummusPressure Cooker Chickpeas with Toasted Parmesan Bread Crumb CrustMy other Pressure Cooker Recipes Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this …

Cooked black beans in an orange bowl with a jar of chipotles behind it

Instant Pot Chipotle Beans

When I’m not busy being a food nerd, I’m a Science Fiction and Fantasy nerd. (I’m sure this is a shock to all of you.) One of my favorite authors is Ursala Vernon; her Clockwork Boys series were , and she mentioned “Chipotle Beans” on Twitter a while back. I immediately thought “What a great idea!” Instant Pot Chipotle Beans, here we come. So I made a batch – saute some aromatics, add chipotle, cook the beans in my magic bean cooker, the Instant Pot. They were fantastic…and it looks like I’m not the only one to think so. It turns out, Ursula’s husband Kevin got the recipe from the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. Which, I’m ashamed to say, has been on my Kindle for over a year now, but I never got around to opening it up. In other words, special thanks to Laurel Randolph’s cookbook for indirectly inspiring this recipe… What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Instant Pot Pinto Beans Pressure …

Things I Love: Diced Chipotles

This is a callback to my first DadCooksDinner post. It was a recipe for pureed chipotle en adobo. Calling it a “Recipe” is hyperbole; at most it’s a cooking hack. Dump a can of chipotle peppers into a food processor and pulse until smooth. I had to start with it because I use it in my second post, Quick Red Salsa. I add chipotle puree to anything that needs some heat, from pork chop glaze to sweet potatoes to chili. (Especially chili.) I keep a container of chipotle puree stashed in the back of my refrigerator, in case of emergency. About a year ago, I used up the last of my puree, and went to my local Mexican market to stock up. And there, next to the cans of chipotles en adobo, I found this jar of La Costena Diced Chipotle Peppers. They pre-chopped the chipotles for me! I mean, sure, I love my own “recipe”, but if they’re willing to do the work for me, I have to at least try them. And…they’re a …

Instant Pot German Pot Roast with Mustard (Senfbraten)

Grandma said: If you want luck in the New Year, you have to have pork on New Year’s Day. Who am I to argue with Grandma? Here’s my New Year’s day recipe inspired by the German side of my family, Instant Pot German Pot Roast with Mustard. In Germany this is a Senfbraten, or mustard roast, pork rubbed with mustard and cooked with onions, carrots, and thyme. I use my Instant Pot Pot Roast trick of cutting the roast into pieces – it cooks faster and more evenly. Other than that, it’s a standard pot roast; brown it to add a flavorful crust, sauté the onions, simmer in a little wine, add the roast and some broth, and cook with carrots until falling-apart tender. (You don’t have to add the carrots, but they’re my wife’s favorite part. I get asked a lot of pointed questions if there aren’t carrots.) Oh, and of course I made a side of Sauerkraut and Kielbasa – Grandma says you need pork AND sauerkraut for luck in the new year. …

DadCooksDinner and the Scale of Doom – January 2019

Ugh. My weight has crept up again over the last year. (One of the occupational hazards of food blogging.) I want to weigh 225 pounds; I was so close last summer. Then I had hernia surgery and sat around for a couple of weeks recovering. More important, I stopped paying attention to what I ate at about that time and my weight started creeping up. To slow down the extra pounds, I started exercising a few months ago, determined to fill the exercise rings on my Apple watch. And, even though I’ve met my exercise goal for (checks phone) the last 131 days, my weight still went up. It seems to have leveled off, bouncing around 245 pounds for the last month or so. That’s…not good. It’s the New Year, and it’s time to carefully follow my rules for losing weight. Portion control is the big one – I keep reaching for a second helping, even when I know I shouldn’t. Wish me luck… What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the …

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2019. Sorry for the slow posting over the last week or so; first I was spending time with my family, then I got a nasty ear infection that knocked me down for a few days. Here’s a look back at some of my most popular posts from 2018, top 5 list style: Top 5 new recipes for 2018 Pressure Cooker Asian Zing Chicken Wings (From Frozen)Pressure Cooker Baby Potatoes with Butter and ParsleyPressure Cooker Pork Steaks, St. Louis BBQ StylePressure Cooker Oreo CheesecakePressure Cooker Beef Back Ribs Texas BBQ Style Top 5 non-recipe articles from 2018 Review: Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart (vs Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Quart)What to Do if I Dump Liquid Into My Instant Pot Without the Pot LinerHow to Fix Instant Pot Quick Release Spraying StarchIs Instant Pot Delay Start Safe to Use?Reader Survey: Pressure Cooking Frozen Chicken Drumsticks? Top 5 Holiday Recipes in 2018 New Year’s Day: Pressure Cooker Black-Eyed PeasEaster: Pressure Cooker 7 Hour Leg of Lamb (in 90 minutes)Father’s Day: Grilled …

A plate of cookies and a glass with candy canes in front of a Christmas tree with streaky lights

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas, everyone! Happy holidays to you and yours, and thank you for following along on my cooking adventures in 2018. (The “beams of Christmas lights” is a trick I learned from Tony & Chelsea Northrup’s YouTube channel. Thanks, Chelsea!) Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.