This quick and easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe is loaded with ground beef, beans and tomatoes in a hearty and smokey-sweet sauce. 

Instant Pot Chili RecipepinterestI’ve taken my all time favorite (award winning) Slow Cooker Chili recipe and adapted it for the pressure cooker so you can enjoy this goodness in a fraction of the time!

Holy smokes, let me tell you… the delicious aroma that will fill your kitchen while whipping up this easy chili will get you so excited to dig in. One taste and I’m confident that this will become your new favorite chili recipe.

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Chili needs time to develop it’s rich and bold flavors, which is why chili is normally cooked low and slow. Cooking chili in the instant pot (or pressure cooker) is a great way to intensify the flavor in a fraction of the time it normally takes in the slow cooker. The pressure in the Instant Pot can penetrate the beans with flavor quickly, tenderize the beef and enhance all the spices in minutes.

Ground beef, onion and red bell peppers in Instant Pot

Ingredients Required for Chili

Chili is one of those magical dishes that you can easily adjust the ingredients to your liking, making it perfect for picky eaters. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Pinto Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Paste
  • Beef Broth
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Spices & Seasonings: Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cumin, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Pepper

Ingredients needed for Chili laid out on marble table top.

How To Cook Chili In Instant Pot

What I truly love about this recipe is that I can brown the ground beef right in the instant pot on sauté mode. This saves me from having any extra dishes to clean and keeps my stove top nice and clean too.

  • Start by browning your ground beef (you can swap in ground turkey or pork here if you’d like), then drain any excess fat and return the liner to the pressure cooker.
  • Dump in all of the ingredients and give it a good stir.
  • Set to Chili/Beans setting or HIGH pressure and set for 18 minutes. Once it’s finished cooking release the pressure and you’re done!

Scoop of chili with beans inside instant pot.

All that’s left to do is add your favorite chili toppings!

We love adding shredded cheese, sour cream and diced green onions. I’ll even throw some crunchy corn chips on top if I have them on hand.

White bowl full of chili with cheese and sour cream on top.

Tips and FAQ:

  • Can You Freeze Chili?    Yes! You can freeze in an airtight container for up to 4 months. Defrost in refrigerator overnight for best results.
  • What Is The Bean / Chili Setting on My Instant Pot?   This setting is automatically set to cook on HIGH pressure for 30 minutes. Simply press “more” or “less” to adjust the time setting up or down.
  • How Do You Thicken Chili In Instant Pot?   You shouldn’t need to thicken this recipe, but if you’re here searching for the answer, you can thicken chili using a cornstarch slurry. Mix 2 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and gradually stir into the chili while it’s bubbling away on Sauté mode. It should thicken right up.

Can I Use Dry Beans For Chili?

While this recipe calls for canned beans to save time, you most certainly can use dried beans! Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Rinse and pick through your beans (2 cups total of pinto and/or black beans), discard any broken pieces.
  • Add the dried beans to the liner of your Instant Pot and cover with 1 inch of water.
  • Pressure cook on HIGH for 12 minutes, then quick release.
  • Drain the beans and set aside.
  • Follow the remainder of the recipe as written.

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Instant Pot Chili Recipe

This quick and easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe is loaded with ground beef, beans and tomatoes in a hearty and spicy sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef, lean
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes, chili fixin's
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode and add ground beef. Brown and crumble the beef until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat from the beef and return liner to Instant Pot.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and give it a stir.
  • Attach lid, making sure valve is set to sealed position. Turn to Bean/Chili Setting or HIGH pressure for 18 minutes. Once finished cooking, release pressure and enjoy!
Notes
Total Cook Time reflects typical amount of time it takes to come to pressure.
This recipe was tested in an 8 quart Instant Pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1583IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Bean, Chili, Ground Beef, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Spicy
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
16 Responses
    1. Shawn

      If you have a slow cooker you can use this RECIPE. If not, you’ll want to brown the beef in a dutch oven and then add the remaining ingredients and simmer (covered) for about 2 hours. You might need to add more beef broth or tomato sauce if it’s too thick.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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