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Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Instant Pot Chili is THE BEST! This recipe is the absolute perfect comfort food, packed with flavor, texture, color and done in under 40 minutes.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers finely chopped, optional
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 24 oz tomato juice
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 16 oz kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream for topping


  • Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the olive oil and heat for 2 minutes. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, parsley and jalapenos (if using) and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add ground meat and cook until no longer pink; drain, if needed.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and stir into the meat-veggie mixture. Add the tomato juice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans and pinto beans to the pot. Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 20 minutes on high pressure (chili setting). It will take the IP around 10 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
  • When cooking is done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Remove cover and serve immediately. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream, if desired.


  • Use fresh ingredients for the best tasting chlii.
  • Typically, fattier meats such as beef will produce a chili with more flavor.
  • Decrease the amount of tomato juice used in the recipe for a less “saucy” chili and for a more thickened version of the comfort food.
  • Go as crazy as you’d like with the toppings! Jalapeno slices, extra cheese, sour cream, cilantro leaves, lime wedges, sliced green onions.. the world is your oyster!
  • Spice up the recipe by adding hot sauce, an extra jalapeno pepper, more cayenne pepper and by replacing the beans with seasoned black beans!
  • Speaking of spice, do not let the jalapenos called for in the recipe scare you. It does not produce a super hot chili, but instead a mildly zingy and perfect chili recipe!
  • Consider adding 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder to this chili recipe for an added level of flavor to the meat, beans and tomatoes.


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 1401mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1876IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 8mg
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