Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Instant Pot Chili is so easy and quick to make! This pressure cooker chili with canned beans warms up any occasion, from Game Day parties to family meals. Cooking chili at high pressure makes it so flavorful and is the quickest way to get dinner on the table!

We love cooking soups and chilis in the Pressure Cooker! The cooking time is a lot shorter but the flavor is a lot more intense and deeper in my opinion. A few of our favorites are Instant Pot Chicken Chili, Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Vegetables, and Instant Pot Carrot Soup Recipe.

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Instant pot chili with canned beans and ground beef is so easy and fast to make! Making it in an electric pressure cooker instead of on the stove saves you time and keeps your kitchen clean. Every time I made chili on the stove our whole kitchen was covered with red sprinkles.

Ok, this could totally be my fault because cooking always ends in a bit of a mess when I’m in charge but making chili in my Instant Pot saves me so much time cleaning. For me, it’s definitely worth the investment. Cooking chili in the Pressure Cooker also deepens the flavor and makes chili taste even more amazing, similar to cooking low and slow for hours. If you are a fan of comforting dinners with a lot of flavour that don’t take a lot of effort you need to make this recipe!

This chili recipe uses individual spices instead of chili mix and develops delicious deep flavors while cooking at high pressure. It’s so delicious that I don’t think we’ll ever go back to our normal stovetop chili!

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Instant Pot Chili

  • Adding a little bit of cocoa powder is one of the secrets for making a great, flavorful chili. The chili won’t taste like hot chocolate but the cocoa really enhances the meat flavor.
  • I also always add sweet corn to my chili, this might not be traditional but I love the texture it adds. The corn adds a little bit of sweetness and by adding it after the cooking time is over it’s slightly crisp and not soft like the beans. But it’s totally optional! You could add another 14 oz can of beans if you don’t want to add the corn.
  • Reduce or increase the amount of chili powder depending on your taste!
  • Instead of beef broth, you can also use chicken broth or vegetable broth.
  • Instead of chopped tomatoes, you can also use crushed tomatoes.
  • IMPORTANT: North American Chili powder is very different from what you can buy in Europe. The European kind is a lot more spicey so you have to reduce the amount to about 2 tsp.
  • Layering the tomatoes on top will help to not get the burn error. The newer Instant Pot models tend to get this error more often.
  • My favorite toppings for Chili are Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Cilantro and sometimes avocado slices.
  • For a big crowd, I like to set up a topping bar so everyone can top their chili with their favorite toppings. Perfect for game day parties!

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

A pressure cooker was something I always wanted but the stove top ones are quite intimidating. The Instant Pot is so much easier to handle! When I first got it I was overwhelmed by all the buttons and didn’t know what I should do with it. But after trying a few recipes I feel quite confident and love cooking with it. It’s great for basics like cooking rice or potatoes. Making mashed potatoes is super easy and quick. But I also made pulled pork in it and it was the most tender and juicy pulled pork we’ve ever eaten. My husband couldn’t get enough!

This Instant Pot Chili is no exception! It’s so good and flavorful! I usually serve this chili with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese on top! My Cheesy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls or some cornbread also make a great side.

One thing I always had problems with were the kidney beans in my normal chili. Even so, I always use canned beans instead of dried beans it seemed like they weren’t cooked long enough and my belly started to rumble after eating chili. But cooking them at high pressure works like magic! I don’t have problems anymore. YAY!

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Tools used for making this Instant Pot Chili

Cocoa Powder: This is my go-to unsweetened cocoa powder that I use for all my baking and cooking! Their chocolate chips are also great.
Instant Pot: This is the model I use and love. The size is perfect for a family of 4.
Ground Meat Chopper: This tool makes separating ground meat so easy!


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Recipe originally published January 2017. Updated with recipe video and improved instructions.

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Instant Pot Chili Recipe

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