best instapot chili recipe

by Dr. Keira Boyer PhD Published 9 months ago Updated 7 months ago

How do you make chili in an Instant Pot?


  • Turn your Instant Pot to Saute, then select More. ...
  • Add the onion and cook for 3 more minutes or until softened.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, pepper and beans to the pot.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to the Chili/Beans setting and place the lid on the pot. ...

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How to make the best homemade chili?

Made with Classic Chili Ingredients

  • Beef. The star of the show here is ground beef. ...
  • Tomatoes. One of the reasons I love chili is because it’s made with tomato products. ...
  • Beans. While traditional beef chili does not call for beans, we like to up the anty a little bit in the nutrition department and include 2 different variations to make ...
  • Chili Seasoning. ...

What are the best chili recipes?

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How do you make homemade chili with ground beef?

  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. ...
  • Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne (if using), and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour in kidney beans and crushed tomatoes and bring chili to a boil. ...
  • Ladle into bowls and top with cheddar, sour cream, and green onions.


What setting do you cook chili in the Instant Pot?

Turn the instant pot to chili (if you don't have a "chili" setting, use the "manual" setting) and cook for 18-20 minutes*. Allow pressure to release for 10-15 minutes or quick release with the vent.

What is the secret ingredient to good chili?

Cinnamon. The beauty of ground cinnamon is that it brings a warmth to your chili, without being spicy. It works well with other flavors commonly found in chili (like tomato, cumin and chile powder) so you only need a little bit to achieve the desired balance.

How do you use the bean chili setting on the Instant Pot?

Bean / Chili It's so much faster (and tastier) with the Instant Pot. When you use the “Bean / Chili” button, it will default to a High Pressure for 30 minutes. You can adjust for “More” to High Pressure for 40 minutes or “Less” for High Pressure for 25 minutes.

What gives chili the best flavor?

Cinnamon, strong coffee, and dark chocolate all boost them meaty flavor in a good chili. Pick any of the following: 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 whole cinnamon stick, a shot of espresso, a small cup of strong coffee, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, or a few squares of good-quality dark chocolate.

Should you put sugar in chili?

Why is sugar used in this chili recipe? Sugar is used to cut the acidity of the tomatoes used in my homemade chili recipe. Using a small amount of sugar balances the flavors which in turn creates a smoother and richer taste overall.

What beans best for chili?

The best beans for chili, however, are pinto, kidney, and black beans. You can use other types of beans in chili, but think about what you like in yours. Most people wouldn't put green beans or chickpeas in their chili, for example. Generally, cooks use pinto beans for making chili.

Do you drain chili beans?

Many people wonder if they need to drain and rinse canned beans, and the answer is, “it depends.” It's fine to add the bean liquid to many recipes, but if you want to reduce the amount of sodium, it's best to drain and rinse canned beans.

Can you use dry beans for chili?

Yes, you can! I love cooking up my own bag of dry beans but often, when I am in a hurry I use canned beans for their convenience. If you choose to use the canned beans be sure to rinse and drain them of their canning liquid before adding to the rest of the ingredients.

How long should chili be cooked?

Cook it long enough How long you cook chili absolutely makes a difference. Chili recipes need time for flavors to meld and come together, and collagen-rich meat (like chuck roast or ground beef) needs 90 minutes to two hours to fully break down and become tender.

Is chili better the longer it cooks?

Let that chili cooooook. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will meld together. In fact, chili is just the kind of thing you want to make a day ahead: it gets better with a night in the fridge.

Should chili be thick or soupy?

Chili should be thick and hearty enough to be a meal on its own, but sometimes there's just a bit more liquid than you want in the pot.

What does cumin do to chili?

Ground Cumin is wonderful for adding a nutty, earthy flavor to your chili. Add early in the cooking time to create a base for the chili flavor. Granulated Onion and Granulated Garlic give great flavor dimensions that are easily recognizable to any consumer, whether they are a casual eater or a chili connoisseur.

Best Instant Pot Chili

Who can resist a good chili? Natasha here from Salt & Lavender with a cozy recipe for you. Chili is so easy to make in the electric pressure cooker! Prep time is minimal, and you can do other things while the Instant Pot works its magic. This chili is delicious straight out of the pot, but it’s also great for freezing/meal prep.

How to Make Instant Pot Chili

Sauté. Add the chopped onion and oil to your Instant Pot and press the sauté button. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

What Kind of Ground Meat to Use in an Instant Pot?

You can use ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe… or even a mix of ground beef and ground pork if you wish!

What to Serve with Homemade Chili?

This chili is incredibly delicious served with some bread (try a crusty bread or cornbread) – it’s great for mopping up all those tasty juices. Or try it on a baked potato!

Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Chili is simple to make and hearty. The electric pressure cooker builds amazing flavors in a short time, and everyone will love loading up their bowls with their favorite toppings!

What is Chili?

The thick red hot bowl of chunky beef – Texas Chile Con Carne dates as far back as the 1800’s.

Prep for Cooking Chili in Instant Pot

First, dice the onion, mince the garlic cloves, and dice + seed the Jalapeno pepper.

Mix Chicken Stock Mixture

While the ground beef is browning, mix 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tsp (2.5g) unsweetened cocoa powder in a 500ml measuring cup.

Sauté Onion, Garlic, Spices

Now, add diced onions, minced garlic, 1 tbsp ground cumin seed, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp dried oregano in Instant Pot.

Deglaze Instant Pot

Pour in ½ cup (125ml) of the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture, then fully deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon (as shown in the photo below).

Serve Instant Pot Chili

YES! Garnish this tasty Instant Pot Chili with your choice of toppings.

Instant Pot Chili

Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili (Pressure Cooker Chili) loaded with layers of umami flavors. Rich, flavorful, & tasty beef and beans chili will satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings. Many readers have won chili competitions & cookoffs with this best instant pot chili!


Set the Instant Pot to saute, add olive oil and gently swirl around to coat the bottom of the insert. Add onions, garlic, pepper and carrots. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often.

How to make flavorful Instant Pot chili?

Looking at the ingredient list, you may notice two ingredients that are not typical in chili recipes. It’s soy sauce and Marsala wine. They are my two secret ingredients, one more than the other. I almost always add soy sauce to ground meat as it adds rich, meaty flavor to the dish. Always use low-sodium soy sauce.

More Instant Pot recipes

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Best Instant Pot Chili

Rich and flavorful beef and bean chili that's made in a pressure cooker! Tastes as if it was simmering on the stove all day but takes only 20 minutes to make!

How do you make Instant Pot chili?

To make Instant Pot chili, you’ll need to first saute your ground beef and onions in the pot. After the beef is browned and the onions have softened, an array of seasonings go into the pot along with two types of beans, tomatoes and beef broth. Seal the Instant Pot, turn it to the Chili/Bean setting, then wait for your dinner to be ready!

How long does it take to cook chili in an Instant Pot?

It takes 20 minutes to cook chili under pressure, in addition to the time it takes you to saute the ground beef and onions. You can either release the pressure manually, or wait for the pressure to naturally release depending on how quickly you want to eat.

How do you thicken chili in an Instant Pot?

This chili comes out quite thick because it only contains a small amount of broth. If you prefer your chili to be even thicker, you can simmer it on Saute mode for 5-10 minutes after it’s already been cooked under pressure.

Tips for Instant Pot Chili

I like to use 90% lean ground beef, as it has plenty of flavor but isn’t overly greasy. You can also use ground turkey or ground chicken.

Instant Pot Chili

This Instant Pot chili is a blend of beef, beans, tomatoes and spices, all simmered together in a pressure cooker until tender and flavorful. The easiest way to make chili; everyone will think you spent all day on it!

Find out everything you need to know to make the best pressure cooker chili!

Make the best Instant Pot chili using these tips, tricks, and tried-and-true recipes!

How Long is the Chili Setting on an Instant Pot?

The Bean/Chili button is set to cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. You can adjust this up to 40 minutes or down to 25 minutes.

Can You Use Frozen Beef to Make Chili in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! You can add the frozen block of beef to the insert pot with the remaining ingredients. Use a 25 minute cook time at high pressure to ensure the beef cooks through.

Can You Make Instant Pot Chili with Noodles (aka Chili Mac)?

Absolutely! Cooking pasta in the Instant Pot is a cinch, and making pressure cooker chili mac is no exception.

Can You Use Dry Beans to Make Chili in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! Dry beans are super inexpensive, so they make a great frugal addition to chili.

Can You Make Instant Pot Chili with Canned Beans?

You sure can–in fact, that’s what I prefer to do! While dry beans are less expensive than canned beans, I still find that canned beans are inexpensive and make the process a little bit faster.

Can You Make Vegetarian Chili in the Instant Pot?

If you prefer a meatless version, you can certainly make an Instant Pot vegetarian chili.

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