instant pot chili recipe
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4.58 from 14 votes

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 ingredient, best, chili, dump, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 211kcal
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.
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced, optional
  • 2 tsp chili powder can omit or increase depending on spice level desired
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or instead of spices listed you can just add 1 packet of chili seasoning from the store)
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 tsp Lawry's salt (omit if using chili seasoning packet from store)


  • Set instant pot to saute and brown meat, add onions and bell peppers if desired. Cook until onions soften a bit. Drain if desired.
  • Empty cans of beans, tomato sauce, water and diced tomatoes on top (do not drain cans before adding).. Add seasonings (or packet of chili seasoning from the store - suggested) and stir the top layers gently leaving most of the meat on the bottom (helps to avoid getting burn notification).
  • If you have a bit of time to let it simmer hit the chili/beans setting and adjust the time to 20 minutes, this will make beans a bit softer.
  •  If you are in a hurry set it to manual, pressure, high for 15 minutes. The beans will be a bit more firm this way but still soft. Do a natural release.
  •  Done! Serve by itself with cheese on top or on top of rice or potatoes.



Serving: 6oz | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.3mg