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Instant Pot Chili

Whip up a batch of this delicious Instant Pot Chili in no time! This Instant Pot Chili recipe is made with ground beef, beans, tomato products, and homemade chili seasoning.

Best Instant Pot Chili

Time to make your new favorite chili recipe! Why yes, it does come together 100% in the Instant Pot in 40 minutes — including the prep time. And yes, we do truly feel like this is the BEST classic Instant Pot chili.

If you’ve tried our Beef Chili, then you’re going to absolutely adore this recipe. It’s a spin-off but made in the Instant Pot.

  • Perfect for Meal Prep: Chili is an excellent meal prep idea because it will literally give you chili for days. This particular recipe serves 6-8 and you can easily freeze it for later!
  • Healthy: Our Instant Pot chili recipe is made with ground beef, beans, and tons of veggies making it high in protein and fiber. It’s also made with our homemade chili seasoning, which eliminates any additives you may find in the store-bought seasoning blends.
  • Made in No Time! In 45 minutes you can have dinner on the table (and that includes prep time!). Plus, you won’t be washing dishes all evening because this chili is made completely in the Instant Pot.
chili in bowl
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instant pot chili ingredients in bowls ready to be mixed together

What You Need for Instant Pot Chili

This Instant Pot chili recipe is rather simple using classic chili flavors. Here are the main ingredients you need:

  • White onion – feel free to use white or yellow.
  • Ground beef (we used 85% fat!) – make sure your ground beef has a little bit of fat in it. It adds such great flavor.
  • Ground pork – ground pork is an incredible flavor add. Feel free to use Italian sausage if you have tha ton hand.
  • Minced garlic – garlic truly makes the world go round and it’s essential for Instant Pot chili!
  • Pinto, kidney, and great northern beans: we know there is an internet debacle on whether beans are a classic chili ingredien and I can tell you right now that we are team beans! Feel free to use 3 cans of your favorite.
  • Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste: tomato products are essential for classic chili. We used tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • Maple syrup: our secret ingredient. SHHHHH. It brings out all those delicious chili seasoning spices.
  • Hot sauce: if you don’t want to add hot sauce, you can add a dash of apple cider vinegar.
  • Homemade chili seasoning – once you make your own homeamde chili seasoning, you’ll never go back. It’s soooo much more flavorful.
  • Beef broth: beef broth helps thin out the tomato products. You can also use chicken or vegetable broth.

Do yourself a favor and make your own chili seasoning. I promise you the flavor is better AND there isn’t any added junk. Try our homemade chili seasoning and keep a batch in your cabinet at all times.

what you need

  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Ground pepper
ground beef in the instant pot

Instant Pot Chili Recipe Tips

We used ground beef (85%) and ground pork in this recipe, but feel free to sub either for a ground meat of your choice. Be aware that leaner ground meats like ground chicken or turkey may affect the thickness of this chili as they don’t produce as much fat when cooked.

Also, speaking from experience, less fat also gives off less flavor.

We recommend beef broth for this Instant Pot chili because the flavors lend themselves nicely to the ground beef and pork. But feel free to sub 1:1 for chicken broth, vegetable broth or in a pinch, you can use water.

If you use the sauté feature before closing your Instant Pot and setting the timer, it actually helps preheat your Instant Pot FASTER! So, work quickly when you’re on this step and don’t let your Instant Pot cool off too much.

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instant pot chili filling a ladle

How to Make the BEST Instant Pot Chili

This Instant Pot chili is super duper easy to make. We’ll walk you through the 6 easy steps:

Turn on the sauté feature and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot. 

When the olive oil is fragrant, add the onion to the pot and sauté for 4 minutes.  Add the garlic to the pot and sauté with the onion for 30 seconds. 

Next, add the ground beef and ground pork to the pot and break them up into small pieces to partially cook the meat. 

Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and mix until combined. 

Place the top on the Instant Pot and turn the pressure valve to seal. Set Instant Pot to > manual > high pressure > and set time to 5 minutes. The Instant Pot will take around 15 minutes to build pressure before it begins to count down from 5 minutes.

When the timer goes off, quick release the Instant Pot by manually opening the valve. Once the steam stops, remove the lid, and give her a good mix.

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings! YUM.

instant pot chili in a bowl topped with shredded cheese greek yogurt and fresh parsley

Instant Pot chili is the perfect chili recipe to freeze! We wrote an entire post on how to freeze soup and it works the exact same way for chili.

  1. Let your Instant Pot chili cool completely.
  2. Then, transfer it into an air-tight container or freezer-safe gallon-size bag.
  3. Remove as much air as possible and seal.
  4. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Store your Instant Pot chili in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

instant pot chili in a bowl with a spoon
instant pot chili in a bowl

Instant Pot Chili

This Instant Pot Chili recipe is the best on the internet! Whip together this Instant Pot Beef Chili in no time using ground beef, beans, diced tomatoes, and homemade chili seasoning.

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 25 minutesTotal: 40 minutes

Fat 12

Carbs 41

Protein 27

Yield 6–8 1x

Rate

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 large white onion, finely diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef (we used 85% fat)
  • ¼ lb. ground pork 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 15-oz. cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz. cans great white northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • ¼ cup  chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth (chicken broth or water works too)
  1. Turn on the sauté feature and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot. 
  2. When the olive oil is fragrant, add the onion to the pot and sauté for 4 minutes. 
  3. Add the garlic to the pot and sauté with the onion for 30 seconds. 
  4. Next, add the ground beef and ground pork to the pot and break them up into small pieces. Partially cook the meat. 
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and mix until combined. 
  6. Place the top on the Instant Pot and turn the pressure valve to seal. Set Instant Pot to > manual > high pressure > and set time to 5 minutes. The Instant Pot will take around 15 minutes to build pressure before it begins to countdown from 5 minutes.
  7. When the timer goes off, quick release the Instant Pot by manually opening the valve. Once the steam stops, remove the lid, and give her a good mix.
  8. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings!

Serving Size: 1/8
Calories: 377
Sugar: 10
Sodium: 883
Fat: 12
Carbohydrates: 41
Fiber: 13
Protein: 27
Cholesterol: 44

Author: Category: Main MealMethod: Instant PotCuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot chili

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