This Instant Pot Chili is so flavorful with spices, is easy to make, and is delicious! It's great served on its own, over fritos, or with cornbread.
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I see recipes all over for Instant Pot Chili. But none were exactly to my liking. So I wound up just mashing a bunch together and came up with this one, which is flavorful, delicious, and so easy to make!
It's as easy as browning up some meat, tossing in some other ingredients, and then just setting the Instant Pot to do all the hard work for you. I made this in a 6 Quart Instant Pot, and everything cooked perfectly!
Beans or no beans?
Some say that Texans don't like beans in chili. And that we think true chili doesn't have beans. I don't find that to be true at all. I've lived my whole life in Texas (except for two years in Seattle), and I have absolutely no problem with beans in my chili. In fact, I prefer it! So in this recipe, I included beans. Because I happen to think they are delicious.
How to serve the Instant Pot Chili
One of the fun things about chili is how many different ways you can serve it. Here are a few ideas.
- With cornbread. I made some cornbread and placed a chunk of it in the chili and then ate it with the bowl of chili. It was delicious!
- Topped with cheese, green onions, sour cream, whatever you want!
- Served over fritos (or other chips) to make frito pie!
- Over rice or quinoa.
- Ground beef - I love to use organic, and I typically use 90% lean but obviously use whatever ground beef you want!
- Onion - I like to dice them up finely so you get the flavor, but don't have big chunks of onion in there.
- Garlic - One fresh garlic clove
- Beef broth - Use homemade if you have it! If not, use a carton (which is what I typically use)
- Olive oil - A bit of olive oil for sautéing the onions and beef in
- Tomato sauce - Just plain tomato sauce. You DON'T want pasta sauce in this.
- Cans of beans - You can use whatever kind you want. I used ranch style and chili beans. Ranch style beans and chili beans both have chili-like spices added to them. So if you use something a little more basic like kidney beans or black beans, you may want to use a couple more teaspoons of chili powder.
- Spices - This is a lot of what gives the chili its flavor! Chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder sugar, salt, and pepper.
How to make:
Turn on the Instant Pot to Saute mode, add oil, and then add the onions and beef and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is browned and onions are translucent. Then add the garlic and saute for one more minute.
Add all your spices to a small bowl and stir to combine.
Add the beef broth to the pot and deglaze, then add the tomato sauce, beans, and spices and stir to combine.
Place the lid on the pot, make sure the vent is sealed, and set the time for 20 minutes on Manual. Once the 20 minutes are up, Quick Release the steam, stir to combine all the ingredients, and enjoy!
Instant Pot Chili
- Instant Pot
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 can chili beans (15 oz)
- 1 can ranch style beans (15 oz)
- Turn on the Instant Pot and put on SAUTE mode. Add the olive oil to the pot and then add the diced onions and ground beef. Saute until the meat is browned and onions are translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
- Add the beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to deglaze.
- Turn off the Instant Pot. Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, pepper, and beans to the pot. Stir slightly and then place the lid on the Instant Pot. Make sure the valve is set to SEALING and is closed.
- Set the Instant Pot on MANUAL for 20 minutes.
- Once the Instant Pot comes to pressure, and then counts down to 0 and beeps, QUICK RELEASE the steam. Remove the lid and stir to combine the ingredients.
- Serve with cornbread, cheese, sour cream, green onions, over fritos, or however you desire.
- The Instant Pot takes awhile to come to pressure. Usually about 10-15 minutes.
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