Quick And Tasty Instant Pot Chili

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For a full-flavored dinner, make this Instant Pot chili. Every bite is infused with sweet tomato sauce and aromatic spices.

This chili is mild enough for kids to enjoy it. It’s also super easy to crank up the heat and give it some spice! Keep reading to find out how to make this chili in your Instant Pot. Top it with some cheese and even some crumbled bacon for an unforgettable bowl!

Quick and tasty instant pot chili.

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As the weather gets colder it is time to make some hot bowls of soup. Chili is one of the best (and easiest) dinner ideas you can make. In fact, after you make it once, you might not need this recipe again. It really is that easy!

A warm bowl of chili in a crisp white bowl using the Instant Pot. Here is our very own recipe for Instant Pot Chili

How To Make Chili In The Instant Pot

This recipe is a hybrid between a stew and a chili, giving it a more liquid consistency than traditional. This makes this Instant Pot Chili the perfect pairing with cornbread (or even crackers)!

If you love cooking in your Instant Pot, try this Thai green curry beef next!

What You Need:

All the exact measurements are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a quick list of things you’ll need from the store.

Kitchen Tools Needed:

Ingredients Needed:

How to make perfect Instant Pot chili.

Instant Poto Chili Tips

Before we get to the entire recipe, here are some tips that I think will help you make the most amazing bowl of chili in your Instant Pot.

Cheese, beef, onion, and tomato sauce.

Use Fresh Ingredients

You can use frozen diced onion or even onion powder. But neither of those options will have quite as much flavor as a freshly diced onion.

Either white, yellow, or red onion will work perfectly in this recipe. Just use what you have.

Raw ground beef in a bowl.

Brown The Beef In The Instant Pot

You can either brown the ground beef in the Instant Pot (using the saute setting ) or brown it in a skillet on your stove and then add it to the Instant Pot. Both options work perfectly in this recipe!

If you saute the beef in the Instant Pot, keep mixing and stirring constantly to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the inner pot.

Raw ground beef, diced onion, and garlic.

Scrap Browned Bits Off The Bottom

Scrape off any browned bits off the inner pot. This step is vital – scraping off any cooked bits off the bottom ensures that your Instant Pot properly gets to full pressure. I also suggest using a wooden spoon so as not to scratch up the bottom of your inner pot.

Add water and beef broth and continue to scrape any browned bits. (So get workin’! It may seem repetitive but trust me, it’ll help you prevent from getting the “Burn” warning while you’re cooking.)

Browning beef in a pot.

Add The Ingredients To The Instant Pot

Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and tomato sauce on top. No need to mix! You’ll want to keep as much of the liquid at the bottom so that the Instant Pot comes to full pressure.

Beans and tomato sauce on top of a full pot.

Let The Instant Pot Cook The Chili

Set Instant Pot to manual pressure on high for 15 minutes.

Once the time is up, allow for a natural pressure release, according to your Instant Pot’s directions.

Remove the lid from your Instant Pot and mix all of the ingredients.

Serve in separate bowls and add a dollop of sour cream and garnish with green onions and cheddar cheese.

A warm bowl of chili in a crisp white bowl using the Instant Pot. Here is our very own recipe for Instant Pot Chili

How To Store Leftover Chili

Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. This chili is also a perfect thing to store in the freezer as a freezer meal too. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months.

A warm bowl of chili in a crisp white bowl using the Instant Pot. Here is our very own recipe for Instant Pot Chili

How are you keeping warm this winter? Have you ever tried making chili in your Instant Pot?

Instant Pot chili pressure cooker winter recipe
5 from 8 votes

Instant Pot Chili

Print Recipe
A warm bowl of chili made straight from the Instant Pot – perfect way to stay cozy this winter!
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:35 mins

SERVINGS

5

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans undrained
  • 1 can tomato sauce

Garnishings

  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar grated
  • sour cream
  • green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot on the sauté setting and add canola oil.
  • Once the Instant Pot starts to heat up, add ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Scrape off any browned bits off the inner pot. This step is vital – scraping off any cooked bits off the bottom ensures that your Instant Pot properly gets to full pressure.
  • Add water and beef broth and continue to scrape any browned bits.
  • Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and tomato sauce on top.
  • Set Instant Pot to manual pressure on high for 15 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, allow for a natural pressure release, according to your Instant Pot’s directions.
  • Remove the lid from your Instant Pot and mix all of the ingredients.
  • Serve in separate bowls and add a dollop of sour cream and garnish with green onions and cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 979mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Chili, pot chile soup, soup
Servings: 5
Calories: 404kcal
Pressure cooker chili with beef and beans.

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24 Comments

  1. I love winter but as I said in a comment under another post, it’s not so cold here and it rarely snows in winter. I love your recipe but I’m vegan so I have to skip the meat I might use seitan instead, what you think?

  2. 5 stars
    Time to get out the instant pot and make this recipe. I love using ours, as it’s a huge time-saver. Plus, I feel the food tastes a lot better than doing it on the stove top.

  3. I STILL don’t have an Instant Pot! I’m slowly trying to be brave enough to purchase and use one, but it’s been slow going. Thanks for this recipe for when I stop being a coward!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a huge chili fan, especially in the winter, and this recipe sounds delightful. I really need to take the plunge and buy an Instant Pot. It seems to make cooking so much easier!

  5. 5 stars
    I am seriously missing out on so many delicious recipes because I don’t have an Instant Pot! I’m asking the hubby for one for Valentine’s Day; this looks great!

  6. 5 stars
    I am in love with the Instant Pot! This chili looks absolutely delicious! Definitely the perfect winter dish.

  7. We love making Chili in our Instant Pot. We use chili beans, ranch style beans, onion, tomatoes, tomato sauce, ground beef and whatever leftover steak we might have. Oh and we add corn – so amazing! This looks yummy too!