This Homemade Instant Pot Chili recipe can be made with your choice of ground meat ( beef, turkey or chicken) or vegan soy crumbles and dry black beans. A great way to use up all your pantry ingredients! Vegan and Gluten-Free adaptable! Serve it up with Zucchini Cornbread!
Here’s a hearty flavorful recipe for Homemade Instant Pot Chili that can be made in your Instant Pot pressure cooker using dry beans from and crushed tomatoes from your pantry. The best part? This recipe is very adaptable.
Make it with organic, lean ground beef or ground turkey or ground chicken, or keep it vegan by adding textured soy protein or “soy crumbles”. A quick and hearty chili with bold rich flavor! This recipe calls for dry pinto beans but black beans, and red beans will both work!
I love this hearty chili served up with this Zucchini Cornbread! So delicious!
Homemade Instant Pot Chili | 30-sec video
What is the chili setting on instant pot?
The default “chili setting” on an instant pot is set at 30 minutes at high pressure – the reccommended time- which does make a nice batch of chili. You can increase the time, or lower the time, depending on the bean type and whether the beans have been pre-soaked.
Pre-soaking the Pinto Beans:
I find that pre-soaking the pinto beans makes the beans cook more evenly and renders them more easily digestible. Pinto beans are a little larger than black beans, so they tend to cook a little unevenly if unsoaked. I don’t always presoak smaller beans like black beans, but I prefer to with larger pinto beans, and especially recommend this if your beans are older. Here we do a faux “presoak” with the Instant pot.
How do you keep the chili from burning in an instant pot?
- Make sure the underside of the pot and the heating element are clean and free from any debris.
- Always make sure the steam valve is closed to prevent too much liquid from evaporating.
- After sauteeing, always deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits.
- Always make sure there is at least one cup of liquid.
Five Chili TIPS:
- Giving the beans a quick 7-minute pressure cook, replaces the soaking time here and during this first phase, it is the perfect amount of time to prep the rest of the ingredients, allowing the recipe to go quite quickly!
- Using beef stock or broth adds a lot of depth here. If going vegan, this veggie bullion is the best!
- To thicken the chili sometimes I’ll add a couple of tablespoons of Masa Harina which also adds delicious flavor!
- Garnishes add a lot of flavor and texture! Top the flavorful chili with avocado or sour cream, fresh cilantro, scallions, jalapeño and hot sauce if you like extra heat!
- Yes you can use a slow cooker! Cook on high for at least 6 hours, or low for 8 hours. ( Make sure beans are soaked!)
Hope you enjoy this extra bold and flavorful Homemade Instant Pot Chili using dry beans, that is fully customizable – use lean ground beef, chicken, turkey or try soy crumbles for a completely vegan version! They are all good!
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