Instant Pot Chili


This Instant Pot Chili is quickly becoming my go-to chili recipe. It tastes like it’s been simmering on the stovetop all day but rather it’s cooked in the Instant Pot and ready in under an hour. It’s jam packed with flavor and it’s the perfect ending to a long, cold day. 

Instant Pot Chili

Of course the inspiration for this recipe was my Slow Cooker Chili, it’s been one of my most popular most loved recipes for years now. They are very very similar but I did make a few adjustments.

I love that this recipe cooks faster than the slow cooker does and I also love that it’s all cooked in the one pot, rather than having to brown the beef and onions in a pot on the stove then add the slow cooker. Less dishes, yes please!


Instant Pot Chili

Chili is one of the dinners I make on a regular basis year round. We eat it every other week.

I keep ground beef in the freezer so like I said I have everything on hand, I usually always stock bell peppers too (for fajitas and what not) but if I don’t have one I just skip it.

I love the flavors, it’s so filling, it’s easy to make, I almost always have everything for it on hand, and my whole family loves it.

Plus it freezes well so I save what’s left for my kids school lunches. I let it thaw in the fridge for a day then reheat and put it in their Thermoses.

Instant Pot Chili

I usually always serve this chili with baked potatoes (I mean in baked potatoes) or with Homemade Cornbread. Then of course plenty of cheese and sour cream.

Grilled corn or just boiled (previously frozen) corn with butter and salt makes another great, easy side dish. Avocados are always nice too.

Or just skip it all and dive in with saltine crackers or tortilla chips!

Instant Pot Chili

More Instant Pot Recipes

Be sure to check out my other Instant Pot recipes. Here are some classics:


Instant Pot Chili

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This Instant Pot Chili is quickly becoming my go-to chili recipe. It tastes like it's been simmering on the stovetop all day but rather it's cooked in the Instant Pot and ready in under an hour. It's jam packed with flavor and it's the perfect ending to a long, cold day. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (preferably 90% lean)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (this just adds a little richness)
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans (preferably one dark one light), drained and rinsed


  1. Press the saute setting on the Instant Pot. Once it reads "hot" add olive oil then crumble beef into large portions into instant pot.

  2. Let cook 5 minutes then break up and toss beef. Continue to cook, tossing occasionally until cooked through, about 5 minutes longer.

  3. Transfer beef to a plate lined with paper towels, set aside.

  4. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to Instant Pot then add in onions and bell pepper and saute 3 minutes. 

  5. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika and coriander and saute about 1 minute longer.
  6. Pour in beef broth, tomatoes, tomatoes sauce, cocoa powder and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Stir in beef, then press "cancel" to turn pressure cooker off. Cover with lid and seal (make sure valve on lid is set to "sealing" position).

  8. Select "manual" mode (or high pressure) and set to 15 minutes.

  9. Once cooking is complete let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release method to release any remaining pressure.

  10. Once steaming stops stir in beans (they'll heat through almost instantly). 

  11. Serve warm with desired toppings such as cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream and saltine crackers. 
  12. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • sam: can u make with dry beans? July 10, 2018 at 4:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: As long as you cook the dry beans before hand. July 12, 2018 at 7:17pm Reply

  • Nay: What size instant pot did you use? May 18, 2018 at 7:43pm Reply

  • Gayle Schultz: You say ‘2 T oil divided’ in the directions, but then only tablespoon needs to added when browning the meat. Please update the recipe instructions. It’s a great recipe! Can I use smoked paprika (like used in paella)? May 4, 2018 at 9:54am Reply

  • JT: Made this for the fam. They loved, loved, it! Only change I made was adding bacon crumbles to it. 1/4 cup is all. Nailed it Big Time!! Thx for the recipe. Yummers!! April 16, 2018 at 10:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad your family loved it! You can’t go wrong with bacon! April 16, 2018 at 10:33pm Reply

  • Decy Akers: Can I make this chili SUCESSFULLY on the stove or in a slow cooker pot? March 17, 2018 at 11:49am Reply

  • George in Quito: OMG! Beans in the chili. Well, I guess I can increase the meat — and garlic — and try this. I’ll tell you how it turns out. lol March 13, 2018 at 10:03pm Reply

  • Maria: This looks great. We love chili! I have been on the fence about buying an instant pot. This might be an odd question, but does the instant pot stew the meat like a slow cooker? I find the texture of slow cooked meat mushy and not my favorite. Your thoughts? Thanks. March 13, 2018 at 6:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The texture of meat in the instant pot is similar to meat cooked in the slow cooker, but I think the slow cooker does make it a little more tender. But with that said you can adjust the time to suite your personal preference for texture, the same could probably be said about the slow cooker. If the meat is coming out mushy it’s probably a little overcooked I’m guessing. March 14, 2018 at 9:32pm Reply

  • Debi: Thinking you meant to put 1.5 pounds of beef not tablesppoons. March 13, 2018 at 6:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes :) Have corrected this now. Thank you! March 13, 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

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