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5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili

The easiest 5 ingredient Instant Pot chili recipe ever and costs less than $10 total to make. Healthy pressure cooker one pot meal my kids go crazy over! Make as Instant Pot vegetarian chili if you want too. If you love our 5 ingredient crockpot chili recipe this will save you lots of time.

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I’ve been obsessed with my crockpot for years but when I saw this new thing called the Instant Pot it got me curious. The first thing I cooked was some of the easiest Instant Pot chili ever. It came out amazing and is now one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes, so easy too. (originally posted 1/17, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Chili

You can certainly use your Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi pot to make this as well. You just need the high pressure function for about ten minutes and all electric pressure cookers have that. We only use 5 ingredients but it is a great base to add a bunch of other things into the mix too.

Love spicy Instant Pot chili? Then by all means add some Sriracha or red pepper flakes, this one is mild but full of flavor. I typically use a chili seasoning packet but have an alternative listed below too if you don’t have one of those on hand.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Easy Instant Pot Chili

This was my first attempt at any recipe in this new pot of mine. I just got it and really wanted to try our favorite meal from our slow cooker in it. Knew it should take a whole lot less time from what I had heard so it was worth a shot. Used the same 5 ingredients and held my breath. OMG did it go beyond my expectations.

  • If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can find one here.
  • I first set it to sauté and when it beeped I put a bit of olive oil and my ground beef inside
  • Then added some diced onions and in about 4 minutes it was browned 
  • Next, I added my other 4 ingredients, secured the lid, and pushed bean/chili button
    • I have used high pressure too

This easy chili is so good it’s been on the top 10 most popular Instant Pot ground beef recipes TWO years in a row! And it is versatile so you can make it without the meat, with ground turkey for lower fat, or spicy ground sausage is one of our favorites.

Instant Pot chili packet

Instant Pot 5 Ingredient Chili

I released the pressure valve at the top and once it was about done I opened the lid. It really did cook it well in just that short amount of time and softened the can of beans inside quite well.

You can still set it for a longer time if you’re going to be gone all day and use the slow cooker function on it but using the pressure cooker function makes it done really fast!

Instant Pot chili packet

  • Set your Instant Pot to saute
  • Add ground beef and onions
  • Brown until most of pink is gone
  • Add all other ingredients
  • Put lid on, close steam valve
  • Then push pressure button
  • Push pressure button again so it is on high
  • Set time to 10 minutes (use + and – buttons to adjust)
  • When done allow to naturally release (takes about 15 min.)

In this post there is a video showing you how easy Instant Pot chili is to make

Instant Pot Chili Easy

If you need to set it for the day and go follow the directions above but push the slow cooker setting instead of manual and pressure. It should automatically set to 4 hours total so it is still shorter than cooking in a traditional crockpot AND you don’t have to dirty a pan on the stovetop to cook the meat beforehand.

How to Make Instant Pot chili

You can also easily leave out the meat and make an easy vegetarian Instant Pot chili too with this. Either way, the fast or slower version tastes great, depends on how much time you have.

  1. Lean ground beef
    1. can use ground sausage or ground turkey too
  2. Kidney beans or red beans some cans say
  3. Diced tomatoes (I like these)
  4. Tomato sauce – or I have even used red enchilada sauce before for an added kick
  5. Onion (optional)
  6. Spices
  7. Rice – here’s how to make the perfect Instant Pot white rice
    1. or serve inside pressure cooker baked potatoes
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Instant Pot Chili 5 Ingredients

Tips for making the BEST pot of pressure cooker chili

  • Use 1/2 lb. of spicy sausage and 1/2 lb. of regular sausage instead of ground beef. I’m telling you, this makes it amazing if you’re okay with ground sausage
  • Load it up with diced onions and bell peppers
    • they will soften as this cooks and brings a great flavor and texture to your chili
  • Use a packet of chili seasoning – it creates a lot of flavor
  • Put a wollop of cheese on top when your chili is done

Can you double this recipe? YES! Here it is with twice the ingredients but the same pressure cook timing.

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Instant Pot Chili Easy

Once you’ve got that covered you can move on with this printable recipe for Instant Pot chili with beans recipe

  • This recipe can easily be doubled as you see here above
  • I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot as you see here!
    • Directions for Crockpot Express chili are almost identical
      • Press the manual pressure button – if you have one
      • Cook for 15 minutes
      • Do a quick release
        • If you don’t have a manual pressure button use the bean/stew button for 20 minutes
        • Quick release
  • I suggest using 1 lb. of spicy ground sausage and 1 lb. of regular sausage if you double this recipe
  • Make sure you get brown bits of meat off bottom of the pot after saute setting or you may get the burn on Instant Pot notice.
instant pot vegetarian chili

Can you substitute chicken for beef in chili?

  • Yes just cut boneless skinless breasts in half
  • Add this and all other ingredients into pot
  • Set to high pressure for 10 minutes
  • Shred chicken and serve (of course check to ensure meat is done in the middle)

What if you want to make Instant Pot vegetarian chili?

We have a recipe for that too! This is also a delicious recipe using black beans or any style you like. Let us share this meatless hearty chili recipe below with you.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili Vegetarian

Instant Pot Chili Without Meat

  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 2 tbsp minced garlic
  4. 1/3 cup quinoa
  5. 30 oz. canned kidney beans, drained
  6. A green and red bell pepper diced
  7. One jalapeno, seeds removed and diced finely – optional for heat
  8. 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  9. 1 tsp cumin
  10. Tsp. salt
  11. 3 Tbsp. chili seasoning, dry mix
  12. 2 1/2 c. vegetable broth
    1. if you just wanted a meatless chili you could use beef broth
  13. A bay leaf is optional
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5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili Vegetarian

Directions to follow for this vegetarian chili. You can just leave the meat out of the printable recipe card at the bottom really, so it’s really only 4 things needed.

First you’ll want to prep all of your ingredients and have them ready to add in to your pressure cooker. These are both easy recipes with as few steps as I can create so you can eat together more often. 😉

  • Set pot to saute and add olive oil, onion and cook until they’re translucent.
  • Add minced garlic and quinoa now stirring to combine well. Cook until quinoa becomes lightly browned.
    • turn Instant Pot off at this time.
  • Pour all other ingredients into your pot at this time and stir.
  • Close lid and pressure release valve and set to pressure cook chili on high for 15 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, remove lid carefully. Discard bay leaf if you added one.
  • It will be hot, add to bowls with cheese on top if desired.

In the event that you wanted to transition either of these versions into our Instant Pot chili mac recipe you would just add 1 cup elbow macaroni to submerge and cook time would be just 3-5 minutes.

pressure cooker vegetarian chili

Can you use ground sausage instead of ground beef to make chili?

Of course!! That is a great option, or use half Jimmy Dean spicy sausage and half beef to make it a little bit spicy. We do this often when we make this homemade like our Pressure cooker chili with dry beans. Love lots of chili toppings and ideas, or want to make a chili bar for a get together??!!

  • Shredded cheese is a given, we love sharp the best on this and our Instant Pot red beans and rice dish
  • Sliced avocado is a must if I can find them in season
  • Some people like sliced olives on top
  • Additional chopped tomatoes can be added
  • Crush some tortilla chips on top to give it a little crunch and texture
  • Salsa is great for a bang!
  • If you want to add some real heat, add a few slices of jalapeno y’all!

If you are in need of Ninja Foodi chili instructions refer to the post here. We cook our pressure cooker chili at least 2-3 times a month, sometimes weekly. Or you can transition this one to a pressure cooker cheesy chili mac!

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

How long does it take to make Instant Pot chili?

You only need 10 minutes on high pressure but it will take a bit of time to come to pressure. I typically allow it to naturally release the steam for 5 minutes beyond that so in total you are looking at about 20 minutes or so. The fastest way to make 5 ingredient chili ever, with the same slow cooking flavors.

What type of beans should you use to make chili in the Instant Pot?

We have started with dry beans from scratch or for faster you can use red kidney beans. I mean any variety works but a larger firmer variety is most common. I have even doubled it with red and black beans if I want to make a larger batch, no draining or rinsing required.

This is one of our cheap Instant Pot recipes as well because all the ingredients run you under $10 and feeds all 5 of us.  If you love this, you should try a few of these other easy Instant Pot recipes

5 ingredient instant pot chili

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Instant Pot Chili

Easy Instant Pot chili recipe that can be made quickly in your pressure cooker or cook it a bit longer for softer beans. Either way it’s a hearty dinner that can be spiced up or left plain.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 5 ingredient, best, chili, dump, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 242kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 lb ground beef 1/2 lb. spicy ground sausage + 1/2 lb. regular ground sausage is best if you like a ton of flavor and a bit of heat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz, we prefer petite diced
  • 1 can kidney beans 15 oz.
  • 1 small can tomato sauce 8 oz.
  • 1 packet chili seasoning or use 1 tsp Lawry's seasoning salt + 1 tbsp. dry minced onions + 1 tsp garlic salt + 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chili powder instead
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced, optional
  • 1 onion diced, optional


  • Set instant pot to saute add a few tbsp of olive oil and brown meat, add onions and bell peppers if desired. Cook until onions soften a bit. Drain if desired, I do not drain.
  • Empty cans of beans, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes on top (do not drain cans before adding).. Add packet of chili seasoning and stir everything together.
  • Set it to manual, pressure, high for 10 minutes. Do a natural release for 5 minutes followed by a quick release of steam.
  •  Done! Serve by itself with cheese on top or on top of rice or potatoes.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chili
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 653mg28%
Potassium 756mg22%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 963IU19%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 27th of July 2022

So easy and the entire family loves it!


Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Chili is one of my go-to comfort foods. Love how quick, easy, and tasty this recipe is! I will be making this often!


Monday 10th of January 2022

This recipe causes “burn” every time. We just stop it and eat it at that point because it’s good. Seems like it may need water or broth to keep it from burning in the instapot. Either way, we like it!


Saturday 17th of February 2024

@Ashley: I used to have that problem too. I make sure to scrub my pot well with a blue scratch pad to get all soap residue off. Then I make sure to turn the pot off after cooking the meat and the vegetables. It sometimes takes a little time to open the cans and add the rest of the ingredients and the meat can stick to the bottom if you leave it on sauté. Always scrape the bottom well before putting the lid back on and setting the Instant Pot to pressure cook. I haven't gotten a burn signal since. Good luck.


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Is this not the original recipe? I swear I remember adding water and having more seasonings...


Monday 30th of December 2019

I vaguely remember this recipe also including some water. I triple checked and don’t see it on the list anymore.


Monday 30th of December 2019

You can add a bit if you want to thin it out. I don’t bc we like it thick. 1/2 c would do it if you do add it.

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