When it comes to go to family recipes this Instant Pot Chili is perfect. Not only does it make for a perfect weeknight dinner, but the leftovers are perfect served over tortilla chips, French fries or even on its own with some fresh crusty bread. This recipe is one of those recipes that will stand the test of time.
After all, delicious, meaty and rich chili is the perfect meal, especially after a long day. Perfect for busy weeknights, weekends, big family get togethers and even game day, this Instant Pot Chili is going to change the way you make chili for years to come.
A rich and delicious combination of flavours, everyone will rave about how yummy and filling this recipe is. From Instant Pot to table, this recipe is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning of Chili lovers. In fact, you will want to make this as often as possible.
How to Make Instant Pot Chili
A variety of delicious ingredients and a little bit of time are what make this recipe the best one yet. Serve this at your next big game day, family get together or simply for a family dinner.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 white onion (diced)
- 2 15-oz cans pinto beans
- 1 15-oz can black beans
- 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 1/2 Tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
This recipe calls for one pound of ground beef, but you can also use ground turkey if you prefer.
You will want to use black beans and pinto beans in this chili. Just make sure that you drain them and rinse them before adding them to the Instant Pot.
I prefer black beans for their size and slightly better nutritional profile, but you can substitute kidney beans which work great in chili.
If you’re in a hurry and/or don’t have all of the seasonings called for above, you can substitute a chili seasoning packet. At a minimum, you need the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
Step 1: Brown the Meat
To begin, turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode. Wait for the display to read “Hot,” then add in the ground beef and onion.
Sauté the ground beef and onions until the beef is browned and the onions are translucent.
Press “Cancel” to turn off saute mode.
Step 2: Add Remaining Ingredients
Now, we just need to add everything else! Drain the beans and rinse them before adding them to the pot.
Next, add the diced tomatoes.
Add all of the seasonings (or a chili seasoning packet if you prefer).
Finally, pour in the beef broth before securing the lid. Make sure you’ve turned the pressure valve to seal.
Step 3: Pressure Cook
We need to pressure cook on high. Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” (depending on your Instant Pot model) button and set the time for 12 minutes.
When the cook time ends, carefully turn the pressure valve to venting to quick release the pressure. If you’re not in a hurry, you can let the pressure release naturally and the Instant Pot will keep the chili warm until you’re ready to serve.
Once the pressure has fully released and the pin drops, carefully remove the lid.
Stir to combine the ingredients.
Your chili is ready to serve! Spoon into bowls and serve immediately.
You can garnish this chili with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley.
Instant Pot Chili Recipe
Instant Pot Chili
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ white onion diced
- 2 15 ounce cans pinto beans drained and rinsed
- 1 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Turn Instant Pot onto saute mode. When hot, add ground beef and onion to the pot. Cook until ground beef is browned. Press "Cancel" to turn off saute mode.
- Add remaining ingredients to Instant Pot inner pot.
- Secure the instant pot lid and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes.
- When cook time ends, turn valve to vent for a quick pressure release.
- Serve warm with your favorite chili toppings.
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What Can I Serve with Instant Pot Chili?
There are many things that you can serve with this recipe to make it a well rounded and hearty meal.
- Cornbread and biscuits
- Garden Salad
- Tortilla chips
- French Fries
- Fresh crusty bread
- Fresh vegetables
- Tangy coleslaw
- Dinner rolls
You can also serve the chili over rice or macaroni if you want.
Every time I publish a recipe, I get several of the same questions so here are the answers to some of the things you might be wondering about after you read this recipe.
Can I use ground turkey instead?
Absolutely! If you prefer ground turkey to ground beef, it can easily be swapped in with no adjustments to the recipe.
Can I make this in a slow cooker?
You sure can! You’ll just need to brown the beef and saute the onions in a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker. Then, add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
My pressure cooker is a different brand. Will this recipe work in it?
It should. I only own the Instant Pot brand but several members of my Facebook group have different brands and are able to make all of my recipes in them. The buttons may be labeled differently, but the overall functions are very similar.