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Pressure Cooker Chili With Dry Beans

Here is an easy and flavorful pressure cooker chili with dry beans recipe. Using a 13 bean blend and no soaking required. You can now made homemade Instant Pot chili in under 45 minutes! A hearty dinner idea that is perfect year round.

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Ever since I got my Instant Pot over a year ago I have been busy creating new recipes our (and your) family will enjoy, this pressure cooker chili with dry beans is now a favorite amongst our Instant Pot recipes. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Chili with Dried Beans

One of the very first recipes I made was our easy Instant Pot chili recipe that only has 5 ingredients. It is fabulous and we still make this a few times a month, but sometimes you want homemade.

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If you only have a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi you can use the same instructions below. It doesn’t matter what the brand is as long as you have the pressure function.

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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How to Make Chili with Dried Beans

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be initially. I was also surprised that you really could use any bean variety of your choice. As long as you used the timing and liquid requirements in the recipe card below it would come out great every time. Give it a whirl yourself!

In this case you are going to use high pressure and this Instant Pot cooking times for beans chart to see if times vary for the first step of cooking your beans. Once you get them tender you can proceed to making all sorts of things, in this case chili.

Drained you can add all sorts of flavors to thicken the sauce around them and into dishes like baked beans or the kid fave of Instant Pot chili mac which is done in 15 minutes (after this first tenderizing step) and gets thumbs up from the grown ups too.

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Ninja Foodi Chili with Dry Beans

Of course when it comes to any easy chili recipe, it’s all about the add ins. Keep these substitutions in mind when making your homemade chili with dry beans. If you love spicy chili then add more chili powder and maybe a tbsp or so of  Tobasco or Sriracha…whatever your hot sauce of choice is really.

If you want to load your chili up with vegetables then feel free to add lots of onions, green onions, and diced bell peppers of all varieties are great too!

13 bean mix was used here from Bob’s Red Mill (found in the aisle with all the other dry beans in a bag) but if you prefer just one type of bean, like pinto beans in your chili then use that instead.

Cooking Beans in a Pressure Cooker

How to Make Instant Pot Chili with Dry Beans

A bagged 13 bean soup mix you can find in the store always has a basic chili recipe on the back. I figured I could use that as a base and turn it into a pressure cooker chili with dry beans for sure.

What dried beans are best for chili?

Well, when it comes to a traditional chili recipe, kidney beans are considered the best choices. They retain their firmness and shape under heat, are very hearty, and absorb spices and flavors nicely. Really it is up to you though and I would recommend that you switch it up to see which are your faves.

  • I use light red beans of this variety with my Instant Pot and 5 ingredient Crockpot chili recipes as well but they’re canned.
  • I like to try new things though and that is why I went with this blend to see how it would work.
  • In the end the mix of beans gave it a more interesting flavor and texture as well. It got thumbs up all around the table so I’d make it this way again for sure.
    • Use what you like though and go from there, this variety is just a suggestion. If you follow the measurements below you could easily swap these out for the “regular” type.
    • I’m not a “regular” person I guess and like to think outside the box, especially when cooking is involved.

The great thing about cooking dry beans is that if you’re in a homebound or emergency situation, they are something that are likely to never expire.

I have a plastic container with every bean imaginable just for situations like this. You just never know right. 😉

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Chilli InstaPot

I like flavorful but not spicy spicy so I would say the directions below are for a mild chili version of chili….amp it up from there. It is really easy to create a very flavorful dish with a variety of spices in your cupboard right now. 

Of course you can always add a chili packet of seasoning into your homemade chili using dry beans to make things even easier.

  • We mix it up with our other version using canned beans that is done in just 30 minutes. Both are winners for dinner in my opinion.
  • Like I said, if you like spicy by all means add more chili powder and/or Tobasco to amp it up.

Served as is with some shredded cheese on top, over rice, or inside a baked potato this  pressure cooker chili with dry beans is so yummy!!


Homemade Chili using Dry Beans Ingredients

  1. Dry beans mix – I used this 13 bean soup mix
  2. Ground beef
    1. I guess you could leave this out if you wish
    2. Hamburger is a must in our house
  3. Onion
  4. Green onions
  5. Diced tomatoes
  6. Tomato sauce
  7. Seasoned salt – I used Lawry’s
  8. Can of diced chiles
  9. Chili powder
  10. Some garlic powder
  11. Garlic salt
    1. add some minced garlic too if you want
  12. Cheese – shredded to put on top when it’s done is a must for us, we often times serve it over Instant Pot white rice as well

Looking for more Instant Pot chili using dry beans we have a lot. This Instant Pot white bean chicken chili is quite wonderful to start with.

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I hope this makes you understand how cooking beans in a pressure cooker works, and that you do it more often thereafter.

No need to use pre soaked black beans anymore. Just submerged in water or beef broth. Then cook on high pressure, and you too can go from dry to perfect in no time.

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Pressure Cooker Chili With Dry Beans

Easy and flavorful pressure cooker chili with dry beans recipe. Using a 13 bean blend and no soaking required you can now made homemade chili in your Instant Pot in under 45 minutes total!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, dry beans, homemade, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 270kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put 4 cups of water and 1 1/2 c. (using a measuring cup) of dry beans into your pressure cooker. Seal lid and steam valve and set to bean setting for 30 minutes. Quick release, drain, and set beans aside.
  • Turn Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil and ground beef. Cook about half way done and then add onions, spices, and green onions. (if you’re going to want to drain your meat then don’t add spices now, add after you drain.)
  • Cook until pink is gone and turn pressure cooker off.
  • Add in your diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans that you put to the side that have been cooked, and fill your tomato sauce can 1/2 way full of water and put that in your pot too. Gently stir.
  • Seal your lid and steam valve and set to pressure, high, for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and serve topped with cheese, chives, green onions etc….


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Chili With Dry Beans
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1690mg73%
Potassium 829mg24%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 17.3mg21%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 7th of September 2022

This is great game day food! Quick to make and so tasty. Always a hit!


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

We also prefer a mild chili, and this one is delicious! It is full of flavor and so easy to make in the instant pot.

The Typical Mom

Friday 9th of September 2022

Glad it is a hit


Sunday 7th of November 2021

Just made it. So good.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Oh good!


Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

If my instant pot doesn't have a bean setting...would I just use the manual setting?


Saturday 29th of February 2020

I can't have tomatoes because of a medication I'm taking. How would you change this recipe if you didn't use tomatoes?

Bella's Momma

Saturday 20th of May 2023

@The Typical Mom, I always use broth in place of water in my recipes. When using broth instead of water, the measurements remain the same. You'll end up with more flavorful meals. I buy broth by the case, and anytime I cook with bones, I make and freeze my own bone broth.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 29th of February 2020

To substitute just with broth would make it more like a bean soup

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