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The Best Instant Pot Chili


Instant Pot Chili is simple to make and hearty. The electric pressure cooker builds amazing flavors in a short time, and everyone will love loading up their bowls with their favorite toppings!

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close-up of Instant Pot chili

Best Instant Pot Chili

Who can resist a good chili? Natasha here from Salt & Lavender with a cozy recipe for you. Chili is so easy to make in the electric pressure cooker! Prep time is minimal, and you can do other things while the Instant Pot works its magic. This chili is delicious straight out of the pot, but it’s also great for freezing/meal prep. Just freeze it in individual portions or use a larger container and let it thaw in the fridge overnight.

Chili Ingredients:

  • Ground beef (you can use your preferred type of ground meat)
  • Onion for added flavor (sautéed in olive oil)
  • Kidney beans (I used red ones but feel free to sub with white ones or another type of canned bean if you prefer)
  • Canned tomatoes (I used a combo of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes)
  • Spices: Garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cumin for that signature chili flavor. Optional: cayenne pepper if you like it hot!
  • Beef broth for moisture and salty flavor

How to Make Instant Pot Chili:

  1. Sauté. Add the chopped onion and oil to your Instant Pot and press the sauté button. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Brown the beef. Stir in the ground beef and cook, stirring often, until browned.
  3. Add the rest and seal it up. Stir in the garlic, followed by the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, beans, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper. Close the lid, ensure the valve is set on “sealing”, press the “manual” button, and set the timer for 15 minutes.

  4. Release the pressure. Once the countdown has finished, do a quick pressure release or let the pressure release naturally (this will build more flavor). Season the chili with extra salt & pepper as needed and serve with desired toppings.

close-up of beef chili in an Instant Pot

What Kind of Ground Meat to Use in an Instant Pot?

You can use ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe… or even a mix of ground beef and ground pork if you wish!

What Chili Toppings to Use?

  • Avocado (chopped or sliced)
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla strips/crumbled chips
  • Scallions or chives
  • Cheese blend (try cheddar or a Tex-Mex style for some heat)
  • Chopped tomato

two bowls of Instant Pot chili

What to Serve with Homemade Chili?

This chili is incredibly delicious served with some bread (try a crusty bread or cornbread) – it’s great for mopping up all those tasty juices. Or try it on a baked potato!

Instant Pot chili in a bowl with a gold spoon

Other Chili Recipes to Try:

close-up of Instant Pot chili

Instant Pot Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Inactive time: 15 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Author Natasha Bull

Servings 6 Bowls Full

Instant Pot Chili is simple to make and hearty. The electric pressure cooker builds amazing flavors in a short time, and everyone will love loading up their bowls with their favorite toppings!

  • 1/2
    medium
    onion
    (chopped)
  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 2
    pounds
    lean ground beef
  • 3
    cloves
    garlic
    (minced)
  • 1
    (28 fluid ounce) can
    diced tomatoes
    (use fire roasted ones for more flavor)
  • 1
    (14 fluid ounce) can
    tomato sauce
  • 1/2
    cup
    beef broth
  • 2
    (14 fluid ounce) cans
    red kidney beans
    (drained)
  • 3
    tablespoons
    chili powder
  • 1
    tablespoon
    smoked paprika
  • 1
    teaspoon
    ground cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    cayenne pepper
    (optional – if you want it spicy)
  • Salt & pepper
    (to taste)
  • Garnish: avocado, scallions, sour cream, Tex-Mex cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips, etc.
    (optional)
  • Serves 6-8 depending on portion size.
  • This chili is quite saucy, so if you prefer a more dry chili, omit the beef broth (just be sure to add extra salt) and/or use a smaller can of tomato sauce (or try a few tablespoons of tomato paste).
  • If the beef is excessively fatty, spoon some of the fat out before proceeding with the rest of the recipe once you’ve browned it.
  • This recipe freezes well.
  • Inactive time represents the time that the Instant Pot takes to get up to pressure.

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot Chili

Amount Per Serving

Calories 458
Calories from Fat 108

% Daily Value*

Fat 12g18%

Saturated Fat 4g20%

Cholesterol 94mg31%

Sodium 604mg25%

Potassium 1671mg48%

Carbohydrates 43g14%

Fiber 14g56%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 47g94%

Vitamin A 2341IU47%

Vitamin C 20mg24%

Calcium 124mg12%

Iron 11mg61%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

 





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