Instant Pot Chili

Author: Lisa Childs

Comments: 10

Category: Beef Recipes

Published Date: September 24, 2019

Updated Date: December 21, 2022

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*A couple of readers have had issues with this particular recipe burning. Because I only want to provide tried and true recipes that work for EVERYONE, I’ve temporarily removed the recipe card for this recipe so I can do more troubleshooting. Thanks for understanding!

My Instant Pot Chili Recipe is super meaty, deep, and thick. Making it in the Instant Pot makes it fast and easy! Stove top and Crock Pot instructions included.

Instant Pot beef chili with cheese, sour cream, cilantro

The Instant Pot is the biggest time saver when it comes to soup/stews. Pre-IP, I did all the browning/sautéing on the stove, then transferred to a crock pot. Slow cooking let it cook all day to get the flavors melded together but it took forever.

Now, we can pull this insanely delicious beef chili together in less than an hour with all the same depth of flavor!

Best Chili Recipe ever

I’ve made my chili for countless chili cookoffs, and I’m telling you… it ALWAYS impresses! It would also be perfect on an Instant Pot baked potato bar.

Note, this recipe is for a THICK chili, not a soupy chili! 

What is the bean chili setting on instant pot?

Instant Pot Beef Chili Ingredients
Instant Pot Beef Chili Ingredients

The bean/chili setting on the Instant Pot is a preset time for 30 minutes. You can always adjust the times on any of the presets using the + and – buttons after pressing the preset.

What is the best secret ingredient for chili?

My favorite secret ingredient for beef chili is a little bit of cocoa powder (NOT hot cocoa/hot chocolate powder). It doesn’t add any sweetness! However, similar to what it does for Mexican mole, the cocoa powder adds richness and deepness.

secret ingredient chili recipe

I do add a bit of sugar to the chili to offset the acidity from all the tomato products, but it doesn’t make it sweet.

How to Thicken Chili

I love to thicken chili using another secret ingredient, cornmeal! Cornmeal gives the chili a little bit of extra flavor and thickness

A spoonful of Instant Pot beef chili

How do you reheat beef chili in the instant pot?

I actually think this beef chili recipe and soups taste better the next day after refrigerating overnight. After eating the first night, I usually take the liner out of the Instant Pot base and let it cool an hour or so before putting it in the fridge.

After that, I cover my Instant Pot beef chili with one of these awesome covers and stash it in the fridge.

beef chili with tortilla chips

To reheat chili in the Instant Pot, take the liner out of the fridge and set it in the Instant Pot. Set the Instant Pot to low saute and stir frequently to avoid burning. If the chili is looking too thick, add a cup of water and keep stirring.

The Instant Pot lid does not work in conjunction with the saute setting. Once the contents of the Instant Pot is to your desired temperature, press CANCEL and the KEEP WARM button with the lid on.

Reheating Beef Chili on Slow Cook Setting

Alternatively, you can set the Instant Pot to SLOW COOK on HIGH and let it warm up for about 45-60 minutes to get warm. Keep the regular Instant Pot lid on with the slow cook function.

super easy, crazy delicious, hearty beer chili in the instant pot

Beef Chili Recipe Stovetop Instructions

To make this recipe on the stove, Follow all instructions as written except add 1-2 cups of water or broth into the chili. After that, simmer the chili on the stove for 30-45 minutes until everything is tender. Enjoy!

Beef Chili Recipe Slow Cooking Instructions

To make this beef chili recipe in a crock pot or slow cooker, first brown the meat and vegetables on the stove. Next, follow all instructions as written and transfer to the slow cooker. Lastly, instead of pressure cooking, slow cook in a crock pot for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. Enjoy!

super easy, crazy delicious, hearty beer chili in the instant pot

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  1. Hey Lisa,,
    I tried making this tonight but it was so thick that my instant pot would not come to pressure. I even added some water and tried again but the same thing happened. Has this ever happened to you and do you have any suggestions?

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      Hey Melanie! So sorry to hear about the burn notice. I haven’t had that happen to me but it is possible with tomato-based products. I have amended the recipe to make it less likely to burn. Please ensure the bottom of the pot is completely scraped and deglazed after the tomato paste to avoid it burning! Also adding extra liquid and not mixing it in does help.

  2. Hey Lisa! I’m making this recipe for the first time tomorrow (first use of the instant pot my husband and I got for Christmas!) and I was wondering if you could clarify the following:

    When you say 3 tbsp beef bouillon, do you mean three of the little cubes or is there a different item I should have gotten 😅 never use beef bouillon before!

    Thank you!

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  3. I do not yet have an IP yet – just looking! – Why do you choose to use canned beans in your chili – does the IP not do well with beans? – thanks

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  4. Hi Lisa, I see your chili recipe is still missing and I wondered why you did not just leave the ingredients so that someone could get an idea if they wanted to make it on the stove top. I see a picture of all the ingredients but it doesn’t tell me anything about amounts. Can you please just put the ingredients back so we can have a point of reference please, thank you! Lynne McGuire

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      Hi Lynne! Sorry, I haven’t included my recipe because about half of my readers were getting a burn warning. I can’t replicate it myself, but I wanted to do extra testing. i’ll consider sharing this as a stove top recipe! Thanks!


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