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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Chili

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Beef Chili is the best pressure cooker recipe you will find! Making chili in the Instant Pot can’t get any easier! It’s ready in 30 minutes. This chili is made with ground beef and is perfect for weeknight dinners and is also freezer-friendly. Pick your favorite beans, kidney beans, black beans, or whatever you like!

Instant Pot beef chili in a white bowl

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This post was originally published in August 2018. It has since been updated.

I know fall is on the rise, but I can seriously eat chili ALL YEAR LONG! Especially this version, which uses the Instapot. You may also love my Instant Pot White Chicken Chili and Keto Low Carb Chili.

It’s one of those dishes that is so comforting and packed with flavor. I also love that I can make a batch at the beginning of the week and have leftovers or packed lunch for every day of the week.

Chili reheats even better the second day!

Chili was one of the first meals I learned to cook growing up. I still have memories of staring at the chili simmering on the stove and wondering how much longer it needed to cook. 

What Does It Mean When the Instant Pot Says Burn

This is usually a sign you haven’t added enough liquid to the pot. I have never gotten a burn signal on my pot or with this recipe. If you ever see it, try adding more liquid.

Instant Pot Chili Recipe Tips

  1. Instant Pot Chili is pressure cooked for 18 minutes. It took about 10 minutes for my Instant Pot to come to pressure. From start to finish, the chili should take less than 40 minutes.
  2. Seasonings are key to a good chili. I prefer to make my own batch of spices, but feel free to purchase a pre-seasoned chili packet to save time. 
  3. You can cook frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot separate from preparing the batch of chili. Refer to the Instant Pot manual for guidance.
  4. I love to use a combination of beef broth and Better Than Bouillon beef base. To me, this combination provides immense flavor. You can choose to exclude the Better Than Bouillon if you wish.
  5. This chili is freezer friendly. I like to store the chili in containers. To defrost, I take the chili out overnight to thaw. I prefer not to thaw in the microwave.
Instant Pot beef chili with shredded cheese in a white bowl

How to Reheat Chili in the Instant Pot

If you are going to the Instant Pot for reheating leftovers, I recommend you use the Saute mode. Cook until the chili is warm.

Load this chili up with your favorite toppings! Growing up we only really used crackers. Crackers are a great addition, but get creative!

If you prefer really spicy chili, add chopped jalapenos to the chili before the pressure cooking process. You can also add additional red cayenne pepper.

This Instant Pot Chili will be great for chili cookoffs, tailgates, Super Bowl parties, and more!

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Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

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Keto Low Carb Chili
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Sweet Potato Beef Chili
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Creamy Seafood Chili
Chili Cheese Fries
Buffalo Chicken Chili

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Check out my Homemade Chili Seasoning here.

instant pot chili with shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream and jalapeno served in a white bowl
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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Chili

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Beef Chili is the best pressure cooker recipe you will find! Making chili in the Instant Pot can’t get any easier! It’s ready in 30 minutes. This chili is made with ground beef and is perfect for weeknight dinners and is also freezer-friendly. Pick your favorite beans, kidney beans, black beans, or whatever you like!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Beef Chili, Instant Pot Chili, Pressure Cooker Chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 297kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground beef I used lean beef
  • 2 16 oz can kidney beans rinsed
  • 1/2 chopped red pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Beef Flavor
  • 1 16oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce

Spices

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons sugar optional, I used zero-calorie sweetener Swerve
  • salt and pepper to taste I recommend adding the salt and pepper after you have cooked the chili. There is flavor in the beef broth and Better than Bouillon. You don’t want to go overboard with the salt. Adding it at the end will allow you to adjust if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon red cayenne pepper Add more or less to fit your taste and how spicy you like your chili

Topping Ideas

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced avocado
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos You can also add the jalapenos while cooking if you really like spicy!

Instructions

  • Place the Instant Pot on the saute’ function. Add the garlic and onions. Cook for 2 minutes until the onions are soft.
  • Add the ground beef and spices. Use a large spoon or spatula to break down the beef into small pieces. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Add the beef broth, Better Than Bouillon, red peppers, beans, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Stir.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal. Cook for 18 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
  • When the Instant Pot indicates it has finished, quick release the steam.
  • Remove the chili from the pot. Serve in bowls loaded up with your favorite toppings!

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Notes

Instant Pot Chili Recipe Tips

  1. Instant Pot Chili is pressure cooked for 18 minutes. It took about 10 minutes for my Instant Pot to come to pressure. From start to finish, the chili should take less than 40 minutes.
  2. Seasonings are key to a good chili. I prefer to make my own batch of spices, but feel free to purchase a pre-seasoned chili packet to save time. 
  3. You can cook frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot separate from preparing the batch of chili. Refer to the Instant Pot manual for guidance.
  4. I love to use a combination of beef broth and Better Than Bouillon beef base. To me, this combination provides immense flavor. You can choose to exclude the Better Than Bouillon if you wish.
  5. This chili is freezer friendly. I like to store the chili in containers. To defrost, I take the chili out overnight to thaw. I prefer not to thaw in the microwave.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g
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Recipe Rating




Tasha W.

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has NEVER disappointed, including this IP chilli. My family of 4 enjoyed every single bite and went back for seconds. No more store bought chilli for us. I had to tell them to hold off because your chilli fries recipe is on deck for tomorrow.

staysnatched

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Yay! That sounds so good.

Jayda

Friday 26th of February 2021

I am a chili in any season person and this is my go to recipe! Delicious! Can’t wait to try your other chili recipes!

staysnatched

Monday 1st of March 2021

I hope you enjoy the other recipes!

JOSEPH RECKELHOFF

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Mine came out very watery....followed recipe exactly.

staysnatched

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

You shouldn't follow the recipe exactly if you don't want it to look like mine. You should improvise and take ownership. In this instance that would mean using less broth.

Mimi

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Once again another amazing dish! So easy and tasty! Paired perfectly with your cornbread on a rainy Cali night.

staysnatched

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Wonderful! I'm so glad to hear it.

Kim

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Another great recipe that I’ll be adding into the rotation. So good!

staysnatched

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Wonderful! So Glad you enjoyed it.