Review Recipe

Instant Pot Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
This no-fuss Instant Pot chili recipe makes the perfect family dinner for busy weeknights!
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  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion or two smaller onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder divided
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 28 oz canned whole tomatoes with juice

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  1. Combine beef, onions, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the chili powder.
  2. Turn instant pot to SAUTE and cook half of the beef until browned. Repeat with remaining beef. Drain any fat.
  3. Add beef broth and beer and stir to deglaze any bits stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot making sure to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom.

  4. Spread cooked beef out in a layer on the bottom. Layer, in order, bell peppers, kidney beans, tomato paste, cumin and finally gently place tomatoes on top. Pour any juice from the tomatoes over top.
  5. Seal the lid and valve of the Instant Pot and use the CHILI function (or set to high pressure for 25 minutes). Once completed, allow to naturally release 20 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure.

  6. Stir the chili which will likely need thickening.
To thicken the chili
  1. Remove lid, set to SAUTEE and allow to simmer 20 minutes or so until thickened
  2. Or create a slurry by combining 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Turn Instant Pot on to SAUTEE. Once chili begins bubbling, add the slurry a little bit at a time while mixing until chili reaches desired consistency. Allow to boil 1 minute.

Recipe Notes

Ensure ingredients are layered in order to avoid burning the tomatoes.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 406, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 382mg, Potassium: 1121mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 30g, Vitamin A: 1060%, Vitamin C: 31.8%, Calcium: 102%, Iron: 6.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Instant Pot Chili