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Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe

This is the best 5 minute Instant Pot chili mac recipe that you and your kids will love! A classic old fashioned goulash style dinner packed with ground beef and noodles with that chili flavor you love. Dump all the ingredients into your Ninja Foodi or Crock Pot Express pressure cooker too and have a complete meal done in less than 15 minutes.

instant pot chili mac recipe

Our easy 5 minute Instant Pot chili mac recipe rocks! Chili mac and cheese is so easy to do and a perfect addition to our long list of Instant Pot recipes. (originally posted 3/17, participant in the amazon program, affiliate links present)

We have three kids which means macaroni is always in the house.

  • We’re also huge chili lovers so it would only be reasonable to combine the two to make an easy dinner idea. That’s what we did and made this!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Of course we add cheese to the top when it was done. That part is totally up to you though. We think everything is better with lots of cheese though y’all! 😉

We have made this 5 ingredient dump chili recipe for years and years you’ll have to make this week too.

chili instant pot

If you don’t have this multi cooker kitchen appliance it is genius I tell you and I use it every night. That’s why I have so many recipes to share. lol

It is so simple and perfect to use in this cheesy chili mac recipe.

  • I just added macaroni noodles and enough water for them to cook all together in the Instant Pot and it only took 5 minutes to cook!!!
  • Seriously the easiest Instant Pot pasta recipe you will ever make. 
  • You can use the ingredients you love, make it spicy or mild so you love every bite.

Enjoy pinto beans more than kidney beans? Use those! Have a lot of ground turkey you want to use? That’s a great protein choice to use too!

Love diced bell peppers in anything called chili? Throw those in with everything else! I always say “use what you have on hand”!

chili mac instant pot

Chili Mac in Instant Pot

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot for this and future recipes.
  2. Ground beef
    1. this is how to defrost Instant Pot frozen ground beef in case you need it.
    2. I often times use 1/2 lb. beef and 1/2 lb. spicy ground sausage for LOTS of flavor and a bit of heat
  3. Onion
  4. Diced tomatoes
  5. Tomato sauce
  6. Kidney Beans

If I have a small can of diced green chiles I will usually add those too. Not to make it spicy but just add flavor.

diced chiles
  1. Elbow macaroni noodles
    1. or any small pasta works, I use what I have on hand really
  2. 1 pkg. chili seasoning (can use a pkg. of taco seasoning instead…still great)
  3. Chili powder
    1. just a bit for some heat, if you use spicy sausage I would omit this
  4. Cheese
    1. to top with, optional but so yummy
    2. we like Mexican blend
  5. Salt and pepper optional
instant pot chili macaroni recipe

Instant Pot chili mac

You can spice it up or add as much seasoning you’d like once you add the ground beef. Alternatively, you could use spicy ground sausage or 1/2 lb. of each for a medium spice level!

  • Another version we’ve made is to make this cheesy chili mac too in our Ninja Foodi!
  • If you only have an Instant Pot you can do something very similar by just stirring 1 cup of cheese in at the end.

For EXTRA cheesiness, you can then sprinkle another 3/4 of a cup of shredded cheese on to the top, put lid on ajar for 5 minutes so it can melt on top.

pressure cooker cheesy chili mac 2

For us one packet of chili seasoning is just right! Of course you could use your own spice combinations but this makes it easy. My kids love it and it is a warm comfort food that’s perfect when it’s “chilly” outside or really year round.

I love easy recipes like this especially during the summer when the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven when it is 100 degrees outside!

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Want to make Crockpot chili mac?? We do that too!

crock pot chili mac

If you like your noodles more al dente then set the time to 3 minutes, a bit softer for 4-5 minutes.

  • Note – I have NEVER had issues with stirring everything (other than noodles) together. Others have had false burn notifications.
    • If your pot is super sensitive like this I highly suggest you get a non stick pot for this and future recipes. 
    • It is a game changer and you will likely never get the burn notice again.

And as always, when removing the lid face it away from your face so you aren’t overheated by the steam.

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Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe

The best 5 minute Instant Pot chili mac recipe that you and your kids will love! A classic old fashioned goulash dinner packed with flavor. 
Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, easy, homemade, instant pot, mac, macaroni, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 363kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Turn Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil, onions, and ground beef. 
  • Brown meat until cooked.  Turn off IP.
  • Pour in your can of red beans (undrained), diced tomatoes, sprinkle in packet of chili seasoning, tomato sauce and stir together. Pour in your broth, then sprinkle noodles on top but do NOT stir!! Just gently push down to submerge noodles into the liquid but keep on top. (if you stir, you may get burn notice)
  • Turn IP to manual, pressure, high, for 4 minutes (3 if you like noodles more al dente). Close steam valve. 
  • When done do a quick release and carefully open lid. Stir. Serve topped with cheese!!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 662mg29%
Potassium 782mg22%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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