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This easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with ground beef and canned beans is mild enough for kids and takes minutes make. You can use frozen or fresh beef!

bowl of instant pot chili in white bowl with cheese and saltine crackers

Chili is super quick and easy to make in the pressure cooker but tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove all day. You’ll love this classic, mild ground beef chili that tastes just like mom used to make!

This is one of our favorite cold weather Instant Pot recipes. It’s a pressure cooker version of my mom’s best chili recipe that I grew up with.

When my mom used to make this chili, she would start early in the day and let it simmer on the stove all afternoon. I’m usually not that organized, but the best thing about making chili in the Instant Pot is that it tastes like it was simmering all day.

Basically I used the same ingredients in the original recipe as I did for the Instant Pot chili version. I just changed the amount of seasoning and, of course, the cook time and method.

How to Make the BEST Easy Chili in the Instant Pot

Start off by browning the ground beef using the Sauté function. I use lean beef so I don’t have to drain any fat, and what little there is adds flavor.

Next, season the beef, and add beef broth or water to deglaze the bottom of the pot. This helps prevent food from sticking to the pot and giving you the burn notice.

layer ingredients for chili in the instant pot

Stir in your onions and chopped bell pepper. Then, you just layer the remaining ingredients and let the Instant Pot do its job. Do not stir everything together — you can do that after pressure cooking!

I cooked the chili for 10 minutes and let it release naturally for another 10 minutes before opening the valve all the way. You could definitely let it go longer and keep warm if you want. But, I couldn’t wait!

ladle with chili in the instant pot

How to Thicken Chili

We like our chili on the soupy side, with plenty of liquid. If you like thicker chili, you can sauté it for a little bit after pressure cooking.

It does thicken up as it sits, and it’s definitely thicker the next day. Tastes even better, too!

Or, you can add a cornstarch slurry. Just stir 1 tablespoon of cold water with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir it into the chili while it’s on sauté mode.

ground beef and bean chili in a white bowl with crackers

Make with Frozen Ground Beef

To make this Instant Pot chili recipe with frozen ground beef, just place the beef in the pressure cooker. This method works best if your beef is frozen flat. Add 1 cup of water for the 8 quart or 1/2 cup for the 6 quart.

Pressure cook for 10 minutes, then quick release. It should be defrosted and easy to break apart. Next, sauté the beef, then make the recipe as directed.

5 from 14 votes

Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe

By: Dee
This easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with ground beef and canned beans is mild enough for kids and takes minutes make. You can use frozen or fresh beef!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Pressure Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup water or beef broth
  • 2 14-ounce cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
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Instructions 

  • Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when display reads HOT, add the olive oil and ground beef
  • Break up beef with a spatula, and cook until no longer pink.
  • Stir in salt, pepper and chili powder
  • Add onions and peppers, and stir until slightly soft, then hit CANCEL
  • Add water or beef broth, and stir to deglaze bottom of pot. Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes, then the tomato sauce, but do not stir
  • Cover, turn vent to SEALING, and hit PRESSURE COOK, or manual, for 10 minutes
  • When pot beeps, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then hit CANCEL, and quick release remaining pressure
  • Stir, and serve with your favorite toppings!

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Notes

To make this recipe with frozen ground beef, just place the beef in the pressure cooker. This method works best if your beef is frozen flat. Add 1 cup of water for the 8 quart or 1/2 cup for the 6 quart.
Pressure cook for 10 minutes, then quick release. It should be defrosted and easy to break apart. Next, sauté the beef, then make the recipe as directed. For 2 pounds of beef, cook for 15 to 20 minutes to defrost.

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 403mg, Potassium: 285mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 142IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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Recipe was published in 2018 and updated in 2020.

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41 Comments

  1. Kylie says:

    How many servings?

    1. Kylie says:

      Sorry I saw it says 10!

    2. Dee says:

      No problem — It’s easy to miss. I hope you get a chance to try it 🙂

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Your chili looks delicious, Dee and is ready to go so fast! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Bud says:

    This looks super delicious!!!5 stars

  4. Ashlyn says:

    I am in love with the Instant Pot and this chili looks so flavorful! Must try!

  5. Katerina @ diethood .com says:

    I love how quick this is with the instant pot! Such a great recipe!!

  6. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says:

    It’s so awesome how quick this is to make in the Instant Pot!

  7. Sandi says:

    This looks like an awesome recipe Dee 🙂 I need to use my Instant Pot more often.

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Sandi. We use the Instant Pot almost daily now! 🙂

  8. Amanda says:

    I love a great hearty chili!! Never tried it in the instant pot before… but I need to!

    1. Dee says:

      Oh, definitely! It really tastes even better this way!

  9. Demeter says:

    The Instant Pot looks like it makes getting this meal on the table so easy!

    1. Dee says:

      It really does make it super easy to get dinner on the table when you don’t have a lot of time! 🙂

  10. Jen says:

    Can you believe I haven’t use my IP for chili yet ?! This recipe looks like a winner!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Jen. The IP is perfect for making chili!