Instant Pot Chili

Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe under an hour! Simple umami & spicy Pressure Cooker Beef & Beans Chili to satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings.

Make this Instant Pot Chili Recipe under an hour! Loaded with layers of umami & spicy flavors & textures, this simple beef and beans chili will satisfy your cravings for hearty comfort food. Perfect for the cool winter days.

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

There’s a constant debate on what belongs in the Real Texan Chili. Many argue that Chili should never include beans, let alone tomatoes. But mainly – beef chuck, chilies, and spices.

First and foremost, this Hearty Instant Pot Chili Recipe is not your Classic Texan Chili.

But, with our own twist, this simplified Chili will be great for dinner parties, yet easy enough for a weeknight dinner. 😀

Moist ground beef with perfectly cooked firm beans, soaked in thick umami sauce, bursting with deep layers of flavors, brightened by diced jalapeno, green onions and grated cheddar cheese.

Let’s get the Instant Pot Chili Party started!

Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe under an hour! Simple umami & spicy Pressure Cooker Beef & Beans Chili to satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings.

You’ll Enjoy this Instant Pot Chili Because:

  • Simple hearty chili done in 45 mins – great even for weeknight dinners!
  • Thick spicy stew, loaded with layers of spicy & umami flavors
  • Filling & satisfying to eat – a warming comfort food for cool weather
  • Great for entertaining guests or host a Chili party!
  • Can make ahead and reheat before serving

Instant Pot Chili Ingredients 


First, let’s address some unusual suspects…

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – No, it will not make your Chili tastes like chocolate. This secret ingredient is actually a base to lots of great Chili. Just a small teaspoon increases the chili’s complexity and gives it a more earthy tone.

Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce – Fish Sauce doesn’t taste fishy at all! Both Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce are extremely umami-filled. A few spoons of these will truly kick your Chili game up a notch.

Give them a shot…and you’ll never look back! 😉

instant-pot-chili-recipe-ingredients

  • 1 pound – 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (540ml/19oz) red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons (8g – 16g) chili powder (depends on your chili powder’s spiciness & preference)
  • 1 tablespoon (6g) cumin seed, ground
  • 1 teaspoon (1g) dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon (15ml) apple cider vinegar
  • Brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper to taste

Umami Chicken Stock Mixture

Optional Garnish

  • Lime
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeno pepper, diced and seeded
  • Green onions
  • Cheddar cheese

Preparation for Instant Pot Chili


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

cut and seed jalapeno pepper

Then, ground the cumin seed. Love the smell of freshly ground cumin seeds~ mmmm…

ground cumin seed

Finally, drain & rinse the red kidney beans.

Now, you’re ready to get cooking! 😀

1

Brown Ground Beef in Instant Pot


First, heat up your Instant Pot: press Sauté button and Adjust once to Sauté More function.

Instant Pot Saute More

Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT) before adding ingredients.

As the pot is heating up, season the ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

season ground beef with kosher salt and black pepper

When the pot is hot enough, add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Swirl your pot around to make sure the oil is coated over the whole bottom of the pot.

Then, add the ground beef in Instant Pot pressure cooker.

The ground beef will start to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, remove the ground beef juice and reserve it in a small mixing bowl.

ground beef releasing meat juice while browning
*Note: we don’t want to boil the ground beef! So, it’s important to remove the meat juice or the essential maillard reaction will not occur.

Allow the ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes).

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.

2

Mix Chicken Stock Mixture


While the ground beef is browning, mix unsalted chicken stock, fish sauce, regular soy sauce, tomato paste, and unsweetened cocoa powder in measuring cup.

3

Sauté Onion, Garlic and Spices


Add diced onions, minced garlic, 1 tbsp ground cumin seed, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp dried oregano in the pressure cooker.

Sauté for about 5 minutes until the spices start to release their fragrance. Stir frequently.

Brown the Ground Beef until slightly crisped and browned
*Note: Don’t skip this critical step! Ensure to saute until spices release their fragrances. This essential step increases the depth of flavor.

4

Deglaze Instant Pot


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

Mix the brown bits with the stock mixture.

deglazing the instant pot for brown bits flavor

5

Pressure Cook Chili


Add in the reserved beef juice.

Pour in the remaining Umami Chicken Stock Mixture.

Add 2 cans of drained red kidney beans. Mix well.

Pour in 1 can of crushed tomatoes with all the juice on top (as shown in photo below). Do not mix.

do not mix the tomato paste to avoid scorching
*Note: Do not mix the crushed tomatoes, just let them sit on the top to avoid the possibility of scorching.

Close lid and pressure cook using the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button:

Cooking Method: High Pressure for 10 minutes + Natural Release

Open the lid carefully.

6

Reduce and Season


If the chili is too runny, give it a quick stir and cook for another few minutes over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button).

Taste and season with brown sugar (we used 1 tbsp), kosher salt and black pepper.

Optional: Add 1 tbsp of Apple cider vinegar. Note that the vinegar will significantly change the flavor profile. We made one batch with apple cider vinegar and another without. They each had their own character, but both tasted great. Totally unbiased opinion. 😉

Reduce the chili if it's too runny. Taste and season.

7

Serve Instant Pot Chili


YES! Garnish the Chili with your choice of toppings. Serve over your favorite side dishes. Enjoy!!~

Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe under an hour! Simple umami & spicy Pressure Cooker Beef & Beans Chili to satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings.

 

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Chili

What? Fish Sauce in a Chili? If you’ve been following our recipes, you’ve probably noticed our love for Fish Sauce. 🙂

It might sounds fishy, but don’t worry! It doesn’t make a dish taste fishy at all! Contrary, it enhances the overall flavors of the dish and kicks it up a notch. In fact, it’s a common secret ingredient used by chefs in restaurants. 😉

Try it for yourself and you’ll know what we mean.

Which Fish Sauce Brand to Use?

The Red boat 40N fish sauce is thus far our favorite not only from our blind taste-test. It also comes out on top in many other blind taste-tests documented online.

Red Boat did not sponsor this. We just think this Fish Sauce is awesome. 🙂Red Boat Fish Sauce

Red Boat Premium Fish Sauce, 500 ml (17 oz.)
  • INCLUDES: 1 Bottle of Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • PURE INGREDIENTS: Gluten Free, No Shellfish, No MSG, No Perservatives

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Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe (Pressure Cooker Chili) under an hour! Simple umami & spicy Pressure Cooker Beef & Beans Chili to satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings.

Instant Pot Chili

Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili (Pressure Cooker Chili) under an hour! Simple umami & spicy Pressure Cooker Beef & Beans Chili to satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings.
4.99 from 380 votes
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Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (540ml/19oz ) red kidney beans , drained & rinsed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons (8g - 16g) chili powder (depends on your chili powder’s spiciness & preference)
  • 1 tablespoon (6g) cumin seed , ground
  • 1 teaspoon (1g) dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • Brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper to taste

Umami Chicken Stock Mixture:

Optional Garnish:

  • Lime
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeno pepper , diced and seeded
  • Green onions
  • Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Brown the Ground Beef: Heat up Instant Pot - press Sauté button, then Adjust button to Sauté More function. Wait until indicator says HOT.
    Season ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Ensure to coat the oil over whole bottom of the pot.
    Add ground beef in Instant Pot. The ground beef will start to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, remove the ground beef juice and reserve it in a small mixing bowl. Allow the ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes). Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt and ground black 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, 3 tbsp (49g) tomato paste, and 1 tsp (2.5g) unsweetened cocoa powder in a 500ml measuring cup.
  • Sauté Onion, Garlic and Spices: Add diced onions, minced garlic, 1 tbsp ground cumin seed, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp dried oregano. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the spices start to release their fragrance. Stir frequently.
  • Deglaze: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) of the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture, fully deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon. Mix the brown bits with the stock mixture.
  • Pressure Cook Chili: Add in the reserved beef juice (from Step 1). Pour in the remaining Umami Chicken Stock Mixture. Add 2 cans of drained red kidney beans. Mix well. Pour in 1 can of crushed tomatoes with all the juice on top. Do not mix.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  • Reduce and Season: If the chili is too runny, give it a quick stir and cook for another few minutes using the Sauté mode.
    Taste and season with brown sugar (we used 1 tbsp), kosher salt and black pepper.
    Optional: Add 1 tbsp of Apple cider vinegar. Note that the vinegar will significantly change the flavor profile.
  • Serve: Garnish chili with optional ingredients. Serve over your favorite side dishes. Enjoy~
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Recipe Notes:

Chili Powder: remember to adjust the amount of chili powder if you're serving this dish to kids (use 1 tablespoon or less Chili Powder depending on the spiciness of your chili powder and spicy-tolerance).
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Nutrition:

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 966mg | Potassium: 1172mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 7mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili instant pot, instant pot chili, instant pot chili recipe, pressure cooker chili verde
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Make this Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe under an hour! Simple umami & spicy Pressure Cooker Beef & Beans Chili to satisfy your hearty comfort food cravings.

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Steven

Best chili I’ve ever had. The umami additions sent this recipe into the stratosphere! Will make many more times in the future.5 stars

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Ella

This is great! I used only about 3/4Tbsp of Chili powder so my kids (ages 2 and 4) would eat it, they liked it as much as their parents did! I found it is REALLY good with the fresh diced jalepeño and melted cheese on top. I also added cilantro and might top it with a little bit of plain yogurt and fresh sliced avocado too.4 stars

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Alice

So delicious! Kids helped cook dinner tonight and husband had two servings. I didn’t separate the beef juice, just sautéed everything together after browning the beef before adding tomatoes. Who knew fish sauce and cocoa powder can make chili taste absolutely outstanding? This is going to be made again in our house. Thanks for another great recipe. You guys made “forced-to-cook” a total success.5 stars

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Sarah

Really delicious and super easy! Used one can kidney beans and one can of black. Chili was a little runny when I opened the lid so I made a slurry of corn starch and stirred it in at the end. The flavors were so delicious and not too spicy! (I used 2 tsp of chili powder).5 stars

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Mahrukh

Favorite chili recipe! Have made it many times now, with and without the pressure cooker. Thanks.5 stars

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Jay

You two are wonderful. I’ve been using your recipes with my Instant Pot for a while now. I haven’t yet tried this one, but would like to ask a question:

Can you use dried kidney beans instead of canned beans? If so, how would the prep/cooking instructions change? Would it be a problem to use dry beans?

Thank you!

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Colleen C

Wow – fantastic chili!! I made with ground turkey instead of ground beef, just because that’s what I had on hand. Will definitely make this again and again!!!5 stars

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José

Super delicious and easy. Highly recommended. For dry soaked beans pressure cook 30 minutes. (I always use dry beans because I find them cheaper and healthier.) Thank you for the metric portions, that helps a lot people outside the US like myself.5 stars

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Charity

Thank you for this amazing recipe! I love to cook, but I’m no good at just “throwing things together.” I have made this as is, no alterations (but have not yet tried with the vinegar) 3 or 4 times now, and it’s perfect! My dad is a chili connoisseur, and raved about this when he tried it.
The only adjustment I needed was to add a slight bit more liquid, as I got the “not enough liquid” error, but that’s probably the brand of pressure cooker I’m using (a Crockpot brand). Again, I cannot rave about this chili enough!5 stars

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Andrea

Everyone in the family loved it! Great flavor5 stars

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