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Instant Pot Chili

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Beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices combine for a hearty, delicious dinner with the perfect amount of seasoning and flavor that the whole family will enjoy!
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  1. Instant Pot Chili Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Instant Pot Chili Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Instant Pot chili is a simple and delicious variation of our popular old-fashioned chili. Packed with beef, tomatoes, and beans, and seasoned with the perfect balance of spices, this mouthwatering recipe is ready in half an hour for a quick meal.

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Instant Pot Chili Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 2 small green peppers, about 2 cups diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, about 1½ cups diced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of water
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VEGETABLES: Homemade chili is such a flexible recipe. You can add any vegetables that you enjoy in chili, including red bell pepper, celery, carrots, chili peppers, or corn. You can also add more beans to replace the meat. Add another variety such as black beans, pinto beans, or more kidney beans.

MEAT: In place of the ground beef, you could easily substitute another ground meat such as ground turkey or ground pork in this great recipe.

TOPPINGS: Chili is not complete, in my opinion, without shredded cheddar cheese on top right before serving. Other favorite toppings include a dollop of sour cream, bacon, crushed corn chips, or tortilla chips.

SPICE: Chili is a great recipe to spice up. Add a dash of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce for an extra kick in this easy instant pot version.

How To Make This Instant Pot Chili Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

STEP ONE: Brown ground beef in the Instant Pot using the sauté function.

PRO TIP:

You can also brown the ground beef and veggies in a pan on the stove if you prefer and add it to the Instant Pot before adding the rest of the ingredients.

ground beef in a instant pot

STEP TWO: Add diced peppers and onions until translucent and they start to caramelize.

peppers and onions added to the beef in a instant pot

STEP THREE: Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and tomato paste.

tomato sauce, diced tomato, water, and tomato paste combined in a pot

STEP FOUR: Add the drained beans.

beans add to a bowl

STEP FIVE: Add seasonings and stir to incorporate everything.

seasonings added to the pot of chili ingredients

STEP SIX: Place and lock the lid, making sure the venting valve is sealed.

STEP SEVEN: Set cook time for 20 minutes on Bean or Chili setting.

PRO TIP:

Make sure to consult your Instant Pot manual to ensure you are using the correct settings for your specific model.

STEP EIGHT: Be cautious of steam as you do a quick pressure release.

STEP NINE: Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, and green onions. Best enjoyed with sweet cornbread.

Instant Pot Chili topped with green onions and sour cream

How To Serve

Enjoy a big bowl of chili on a cold day. Add bowls of everyone’s favorite chili toppings to the table so that they can add what they like to their individual servings. Pair this tasty chili recipe with cornbread or dinner rolls to mop up all the saucy goodness. 

Pssst, if you’re looking for more easy instant pot recipes, try our Instant Pot lasagna and Instant Pot beef stew.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store leftovers of this hearty beef chili in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This flavorful chili will be good in the freezer for three to six months when you store it in an airtight container or bag. 

a spoon full of Instant Pot Chili and Instant Pot Chili in a bowl

You’ll love this homemade recipe that comes together fast with basic ingredients out of your pantry. It delivers some great big award-winning bold flavors and tastes like it’s been simmering on top of the stove all day.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I turn this into a vegetarian recipe?

If you’d like to make this easy Instant pot chili into a vegetarian dish, omit the ground beef and increase the beans in the recipe.

Can I freeze this chili?

This easy chili freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to six months.

Can I use ground pork instead of ground beef?

Any ground meat will work fine in this hearty recipe.

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Instant Pot Chili

5 from 2 votes
Beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices combine for a hearty, delicious dinner with the perfect amount of seasoning and flavor that the whole family will enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 2 small green peppers, about 2 cups diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, about 1½ cups diced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can water
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions
 

  • Brown ground beef in the Instant Pot using the sauté function.
  • Add diced peppers and onions until translucent and they start to caramelize.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water and tomato paste.
  • Add the drained beans.
  • Add seasonings and stir to incorporate everything.
  • Place and lock lid, making sure the venting valve is sealed.
  • Set for 20 minutes on the Bean or Chili setting.
  • Be cautious of steam as you do a quick pressure release.
  • Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and green onions. Best enjoyed with sweet cornbread.

Notes

  • For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
  • You can also brown the ground beef and veggies in a pan on the stove if you prefer and add it to the Instant Pot before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • Make sure to consult your Instant Pot manual to ensure you are using the correct settings for your specific model.

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1588IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5mg
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