The best 5 minute Instant Pot chili mac recipe that can be made in your pressure cooker too! Super easy to make and a healthy dinner my kids love too.
This easy 5 minute Instant Pot chili mac recipe rocks! 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! So easy to do and a perfect addition to our long list of Instant Pot recipes here. Of course we added cheese to the top when it was done, everything is better with lots of cheese. Packed full of meat, beans, and the pasta they love it was a new favorite you can make in a traditional pressure cooker too. Here’s how easy it is to make. (affiliate links present, originally posted 3/17)
We have made this 5 ingredient dump chili recipe for years and years. 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 pasta pressure cooker meal ever. If you don’t have this fun 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
This is what you’ll need to make this and a video showing you how we make it:
- Ground beef
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Red Beans
- Elbow macaroni noodles
- 1 pkg. chili seasoning (can use a pkg. of taco seasoning instead…still great)
- Chili powder
- Cheese (to top with, optional but so yummy)
Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe
The best Instant Pot chili mac recipe. My kids love this comfort food that cooks quickly in this pressure cooker and is pretty healthy too.
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 can diced tomatoes 15 oz
- 1 can tomato sauce 8 oz.
- 1 can red beans 15 oz
- 1 c elbow macaroni uncooked
- 1 c water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pkg. chili seasoning packet or 1 tbsp seasoning salt, or 1 pkg. taco seasoning
- 1 tsp chili powder optional - more or less depending on spice level desired
Turn Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil, onions, and ground beef.
Brown meat until cooked. Turn off IP.
Add all other ingredients and stir. (can use 1 tbsp. seasoning salt or for best flavor add instead 1 packet of chili or taco seasoning packet)
Turn IP to manual, pressure, high, for 5 minutes (3 if you like noodles more al dente). Close steam valve.
When done do a quick release and carefully open lid. Serve topped with cheese!!
It is a really easy meal that is inexpensive and quite healthy too. You can spice it up or add as much seasoning you’d like to this basic recipe but we like it this way! 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 my Instant Pot 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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