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California Chili Cheeseburger Sliders

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish, Sandwiches
Cuisine American, California
Servings 6 double cheeseburger sliders


  • Chili:
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck 80:20
  • 1/4 cup finely grated carrot
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Roux for Chili:
  • 1/4 cup masarepa or masa harina
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Sliders:
  • 1 pound ground chuck 80:20
  • salt and black pepper as required
  • 6-12 King's hawaiian rolls
  • 6-12 slices American cheese
  • thinly sliced onion opt.
  • thinly sliced tomato opt.
  • yellow mustard opt.


  • Place the beef and carrots in the Instant Pot and set to sear.
  • While beef is searing, place the masa harina and oil in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture browns moderately (color of peanut butter); set aside to cool.
  • Add remaining chili ingredients plus the roux to the beef and stir.
  • Turn Instant Pot from Sear to OFF.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to the locked position, and make sure the valve is CLOSED.
  • Turn Instant Pot on and set to MANUAL for 15 minutes.
  • When it beeps and goes to warm, turn the Instant Pot OFF and using the handle of a wooden spoon, tap the valve open.
  • Allow steam to release completely before removing the lid.
  • Stir the chili and set to sear again, stirring frequently until it is very thick.
  • While chili cooks, divide the remaining beef into twelve pieces and shape into small slider patties.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Pan fry the patties until cooked through or as you like them.
  • Place cheese on cooked patties and melt in the microwave if you need to.
  • Assemble sliders on split Hawaiian rolls topped with either one or two patties, and chili on top of the patties, with whatever other toppings you like (such as onion).
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