Ready for a quick and delicious meal in the Instant Pot? Try my easy Pressure Cooker Chili! The pressure cooker can make your mealtime a snap!

A serving of easy pressure cooker chili in a white bowl with a pan of cornbread in a cast iron skillet in the background. -Skip To My Lou
Enjoy your easy Pressure Cooker Chili

Doesn’t making a delicious Instant Pot chili recipe in about 10 minutes sound great?

Related: For more easy pressure cooker recipes, whip up any of these soups in no time at all. I think you will really like Pressure Cooker Taco Soup and Pressure Cooker Red Lentil Soup.

This Instant Pot chili recipe is allergy friendly! You won’t find any gluten or hidden soy because it doesn’t use pre-packaged spices. Be sure to check the labels on the beans, broth, and tomato sauce to make sure they meet your dietary needs.

If you have been following along, you know I have EoE. I have been avoiding wheat, eggs, soy, nuts, fish, and dairy. I am using my pressure cooker to make cooking allergy-friendly quick and easy.

With all these Instant Pot Recipes in your arsenal, you will always be able to make up yummy meals in minutes!

Easy Chili Recipe

I can’t say enough about how the pressure cooker has made mealtime a breeze. Sometimes I don’t plan ahead and have all day for the slow cooker.

However, you could also easily throw this easy chili recipe into a crockpot or cook it on the stove, stirring occasionally. The beauty of a pressure cooker is that the cooking time is only 20 minutes. It tastes like it has been cooked all day and is packed with flavor.

Pressure Cooker Chili Ingredients

Instant Pot Chili has all the usual ingredients.

  • onion 
  • cloves of garlic 
  • ground beef
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • chicken or beef broth
  • can of kidney beans
  • can of chili beans
  • tomato sauce
  • diced tomatoes 
  • salt
  • pepper
pressure cooker chili recipe served in a white dish. -Skip To My Lou

Let’s Start Cooking!

You will have homemade chili in minutes! Really, this is one of the best chili recipes.

  • Set the pressure cooker to sauté.
  • Brown ground beef directly in the pressure cooker pot, then drain.
  • Lightly season the ground beef while cooking with a little salt and pepper.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the ground beef and cook until the onions are translucent and softened.
  • Place the canned beans and the rest of the ingredients into the pressure cooker.
  • Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.

That’s it! You are going to love this pressure cooker chili recipe!

5 from 3 votes

Pressure Cooker Chili

With this easy Instant Pot Chili recipe, you will have chili in minutes that tastes like it slow cooked all day!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
pressurizing 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons  chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon  cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1 about 15 ounce can of kidney beans
  • 1 about 15 ounce can chili beans
  • 1 can 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes undrained (or 2 – 14.5 ounce cans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Set the pressure cooker to sauté. Brown ground beef in the pressure cooker pot, drain. I lightly season the ground beef while cooking with a little salt and pepper. Add the onions and garlic to the ground beef and cook until onions are translucent and softened. Place the rest of the ingredients into the pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes in an electric pressure cooker.


Be sure to check all the individual ingredient to make sure they are allergy free if you are avoiding dairy and gluten. Many store bought broths have dairy.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Servings: 8
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper


How do you fix liquid chili?

To thicken a liquidy chili, you can add ingredients like masa harina (corn flour), cornstarch, or even crushed tortilla chips. You can also turn on the saute function and let the chili simmer to help evaporate excess liquid. The saute function does get hot, so be sure to watch and stir often to keep from burning.

What is the secret to perfect chili?

Achieving perfection often means allowing the chili to cook slowly, allowing the flavors to meld together over time. A mix of spices like cumin, chili powder, and paprika, and using a combination of meats can significantly amplify the taste and contribute to achieving the perfect chili.

What is a secret ingredient to making the best chili?

While it varies, a common secret ingredient is unsweetened cocoa powder. It adds depth and richness to the chili, enhancing its flavor profile. I don’t use it in this recipe (however, you could) I do use it in my Cincinnati Chili recipe.

Instant Pot Chili Recipe Tips

  • If you don’t have dietary limitations, I would serve this chili with the world’s best cornbread.
  • If you are looking to cut a few calories and fat, try ground turkey.
  • We sometimes change it up and use black beans instead of kidney beans. I do believe the chili beans are a must for this homemade chili.
  • Omit the cayenne for a perfectly kid-friendly, mild chili that’s not spicy.
  • Or, make it hotter with extra cayenne and chili powder – or a little hot sauce at the table so everyone’s happy.
  • We like our chili with toppings like cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions or chives, and cilantro. Crackers or tortilla chips are both delicious with it.
  • Lean ground beef makes a less greasy chili, or try ground turkey or a vegetarian version instead.
  • Like most of my soup recipes, pressure cooker chili reheats and freezes beautifully! Seal it up and keep it in the refrigerator for three days, or freeze it for up to two months.
  • The larger your pressure cooker, the bigger the batch! Got a large pot? Double the recipe for a potluck.

Easy Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Recipes

  • Hearty soups are a winter staple around our house. There are so many main dish possibilities with an instant pot. Many of them take only a little time to assemble from scratch! Let the pot do the work! Are you hungry for more quick soup ideas? Check out my Pressure Cooker Taco Soup!
  • This Pressure Cooker Red Lentil Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Hearty, healthy, and oh so easy. Best of all, it’s specially created to be allergy friendly.
  • If you love your instant pot, these Instant Pot Recipes will keep you stocked with delicious dinner options year-round.
  • Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes just set up the pot, peel the potatoes add a few ingredients and in 15 minutes you with be mashing these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes!
  • Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings you will love that you can have dinner on the table in less than 20 mins from start to finish and it is sure to delight the entire family.
  • Pressure Cooker Sloppy Joes are an easy and quick weeknight meal your kids are sure to love. 
  • Instant Pot Goulash EASY & DELISH n about 20 minutes you can have this delicious, dairy-free, and gluten-free dinner on the table.
  • If you like sweet and savory meals this pressure Pressure Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is for you.

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  1. I have the 3-quart Instant pot, would you suggest cutting this recipe in half? Thank you, can’t wait to try this.

  2. Looks like a good recipe Cindy, l will make it but will use ground round Instead if ground beef. Thank you. Been very busy but l do try to find you….💕

  3. Great suggestion Ruth. It does seem a bit soupier than my husband George’s Chili (It is an award-winning recipe), but it will thicken (especially with your suggestion of cooking it down with the saute button) and you need that extra liquid to make the Instant Pot pressurize.

  4. Yeah, I found out it thickens naturally once it sits for a bit. In the end I was overreacting on the soupiness. This recipe is a keeper.

  5. Max, if you loved the recipe other than it was a bit thin, at the end use your Saute button and just cook it down til it reduces and thickens the liquid.

  6. You can try Max, but the extra liquid helps to allow the pressure cooker to pressurize. Give it a try and let us know.

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