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Best Instant Pot Chili Recipes

Instant Pot Chili Recipes

As soon as the temperature starts dipping down below 70 degrees, I get chili on my mind! I love a good bowl of chili, but now that I make just about everything with my electric pressure cooker – you know I am making it in my IP!

Chili is one of those things that certain people like certain ways. I am including my favorite chili recipe – but have also including what we think are the best Instant Pot chili recipes, to make sure that you get that bowl of chili that you are looking for!

Beef Chili Instant Pot Recipe

I’ve made this beef chili for years. Previously I would cook in the slow cooker, but in recent years, we’ve adapted this for the Instant Pot. This is a quick chili recipe, but the beauty of the IP, you can gain more flavor by changing the Instant Pot mode to slow cooker. When you let the chili sit in slow cooker mode, it will bring out more and more flavor. 

beef chili instant pot recipe

This is our family chili recipe and the beautiful thing is it’s very forgiving. You can add and subtract ingredients to make this the way you like it. If you need to make more, just increase the ingredients – though you may need an 8 qt Instant Pot if you make much more. I use a 6 qt Instant Pot and it suits my family just fine. Not sure which Instant Pot to get?  Compare Instant Pots

Our beef chili instant pot recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes. We LOVE quick recipes, but this also tastes amazing when left in slow cook mode. This dish also tastes better each and every time you reheat it. Let’s stop yapping about how this is the best chili instant pot recipe ever, and let you just try it for yourself. From our kitchen to yours, bon appetit!


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Best Beef Chili Instant Pot Recipe

The best beef chili Instant Pot recipe - make this for the masses, perfect for a cold night or for eating while watching football! This recipe is hardy!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag frozen chopped onions use as much or as little as you like
  • 1 lb ground beef I use 90% - I know, not traditional for chili, but I try to reduce fat where I can
  • 1 can kidney beans either light kidney beans or dark kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chili beans or pinto beans work too!
  • 2 cans rotel tomatoes can use regular canned diced tomatoes for less spice
  • 1 can tomato sauce 16 oz
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 clove crushed garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper optional - 1/2 - 1 tsp

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to saute

  2. Cook beef, onions and garlic together

  3. Brown the ground beef until no longer pink

  4. Add in all spices

  5. Saute for 2 minutes with spices

  6. Add in beans, tomatoes, and water - jump dump into the Instant Pot

  7. Push the manual button on your Instant Pot

  8. Let Instant Pot natural release

  9. The best beef chili is complete! 

  10. Not quite ready to eat? NO problem. Let it cook a bit longer for a more developed flavor. Stir and set Instant Pot to slow cook. With the slow cook function, the Instant Pot should stay on for 4 hours. Perfect for cooking ahead or if your family wants to eat chili thru-out the day. 

    instant pot slow cooker

Recipe Notes

If the chili it too thick, or if you are leaving on slow cook function, I add more water. This is a VERY forgiving chili recipe and you can make it your own. If you don't like garlic, don't add it! If you like more garlic, add it! Making chili in the Instant Pot is super easy and hope you find this recipe delicious! 

Chili Garnishes

To garnish, our family eats our beef chili with sour cream and cheese. Half of the family adds saltine crackers. The other half of the family adds Frito corn chips. If we have it in the fridge, I will add a little cilantro to give the dish a more Mexican food flavor. If I want it spicier, I usually add red pepper flakes.

Occasionally we will make cornbread to accompany the meal, but truth be told 9 times out of 10, I forget to buy cornbread. 

Growing up, my parents always served chili over rice. My family had mixed reactions to this, but this is just another alternative to serving this dish. The rice does make it even MORE filling. So if you need this dish to go a LONG way - add in rice.

Reheating Chili

How you eat it is up to you! This meal is versatile, very filling and gets better each time you reheat it! We typically throw leftovers into a pot and then put in the refrigerator. This lets us reheat the chili easily in just a few minutes on the stove top. 

 

Chili Leftover Recipes

As a mom, my favorite thing about chili is we make several meals out of it. In addition to chili, we also make chili-cheese burritos or chilitos, as our family calls them. Other chili leftover favorites include chili hot dogs and Frito chili pie. Needless to say, I make a lot when I am cooking it, it lasts about 5 days in the refrigerator or you can freeze for later.

While I am partial to our family’s recipe, chili is one of those dishes that can be made a thousand ways! We’ve rounded up a wide variety of Chili Instant Pot recipes from all over the internet for you to try. From vegetarian to no bean to chicken or turkey – we have a wide variety of chili recipes for the Instant Pot that you and your family will surely love!

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Smoke Chipotle Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili (Instant Pot + Stove Top)

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lentil Chili

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Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lentil Chili

5 Minute Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe

Add the word MAC to any recipe and my kids are totally in. This unique chili recipe feature macaroni! Talk about kid-friendly!

5 Minute Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili is one of my new faves. I love everything about this recipe! 

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili (Paleo + Whole30)

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili Recipe

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4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde

Pressure Cooker Vegan Chili

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Chili No Beans

Looking for a chicken but NO beans chili recipe, well here you go! 

Instant Pot Chicken Chili No Beans

Now you are set! No excuses, get out your Instant Pot and start pressure cooking!

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