by Olena

Instant Pot Chili (Video)

by Olena

4.8 from 6 reviews

Instant Pot Chili made healthy in pressure cooker with ground turkey. 1 hour to cook, tastes like it has been simmering all day.

Chili is filling, cheap and healthy. Our favorites include buffalo chicken chili, chicken chili queso and stovetop healthy turkey chili. Be sure all of these dinners have simple ingredients and are easy to make. Also browse all our healthy Instant Pot recipes.

instant pot chili garnished with cheese, yogurt and green onion in a bowl

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Instant Pot chili that tastes like it has been simmering on the stove all day. This flavorful, comforting and hearty bowl of homemade chili

And it’s healthy Instant Pot turkey chili. By using ground turkey instead of ground beef, we avoid eating about 28 grams of saturated fat. Crazy!

Why Cook Chili in Instant Pot?

There is only a handful of recipes that make sense to be made in a pressure cooker. And Instant Pot chili recipe is one of them. Because it’s easy! Chili takes only 15 minutes to prepare and you can walk away. And it will taste just like chili your mom used to make.

Still on a fence about Instant Pot? Check out which one I recommend to buy from my experience. Own one but still not 100% confident around it? Read my Instant Pot guide. Lot of tips and tricks.

I’m including 6 quart chili recipe and 8 quart ingredients as well (I own 8 quart IP-DUO).

instant pot chili recipe in pressure cooker with a spoon

Tips for Best Instant Pot Chili

  • Use a combination of large meaty beans like red kidney beans, white beans or pinto beans.
  • Always place tomato products on top and do not stir chili in Instant Pot to avoid “Burn” .
  • Do not wait for ground turkey to brown. It never will in stainless steel pot and we just want separate pieces.
  • I often use frozen vegetables like chopped pepper, corn and frozen cooked beans to save time.
  • Pressure cooker chili thickens as it sits and keeps “cooking” even after Instant Pot turned off.
  • Add smoked paprika for smoky flavor. If you like chili spicy, add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or 1-2 tsps hot sauce.
  • Release pressure outside to prevent your house smell like chili for days.
  • I have used venison cut into small pieces many times instead of ground meat.

How to Make Instant Pot Chili

  1. Saute ground turkey just enough to separate into small pieces.
  2. Add remaining ingredients in exact order listed in the recipe. Do not stir.  
  3. How long to cook chili in Instant Pot? Cook for for 20 minutes on high pressure.
  4. Then release pressure by turning pressure valve to Venting position right away. Or let pressure cooker come down naturally. Instant Pot turkey chili will be thicker that way too.

instant pot turkey chili

What to Serve Chili With?

Serve Instant Pot chili traditionally with shredded cheese, plain yogurt or sour cream, green onion and cilantro.

You can also serve chili as an appetizer with tortilla chips.

Make Instant Pot turkey chili go further served over boiled (baked) potatoes or sweet potatoes. Or quinoa and brown rice. Done that many times with chicken chili queso because it is soupy.

Can I Freeze It?

Sure. Hearty soup and stew without tender vegetables freeze well. Cook, cool completely and freeze in glass container for up to 3 months.

To thaw, defrost on a counter or in the fridge overnight. Forgot to thaw ahead? Place container in a bowl with warm water. Just make sure to let glass warm up a bit on a counter to prevent glass from cracking. Then in either scenario, simmer on the stove covered on low, stirring occasionally and until warmed through.

best instant pot chili

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Watch Olena Make Instant Pot Chili


Instant Pot Chili

4.8 from 6 reviews

Instant Pot Chili made healthy in pressure cooker with ground turkey. 1 hour to cook, tastes like it has been simmering all day.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 7 (6 Qt.), 10 (8 Qt.) servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


6 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 cups water + 1 bouillon cube (or stock)*
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup corn, canned or frozen
  • 2 x 14 oz can any beans
  • 2 tbsp chili powder*
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium
  • 6 oz can tomato paste, low sodium
  • Avocado oil
  • Green onion, cilantro, cheese, plain yogurt (for toppings)

8 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 cups water + 1 bouillon cube (or stock)*
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cups corn, canned or frozen
  • 3 x 14 oz can any beans
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder*
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium
  • 6 oz can tomato paste, low sodium
  • Avocado oil
  • Green onion, cilantro, cheese, plain yogurt, for toppings


  1. On Instant Pot, press Sauté and let appliance preheat until display says Hot. Swirl a bit of oil to coat, add turkey and cook for 4 minutes, constantly breaking into small pieces with spatula. Meat won’t get browned and some pink pieces are OK – our goal is just to create small pieces of meat for every spoonful of chili.
  2. Add water + bouillon cube (stock), onion, garlic, pepper, corn, beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Do not stir.
  3. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Cancel to turn Sauté off. Then press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 20 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown from 20 minutes will begin.
  4. After 20 minutes, display will say OFF and Instant Pot needs to bring pressure down, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve and takes about 20-30 minutes (Natural Release). I recommend you do it with chili as it will thicken and become more flavourful.
  5. OR you can do Quick Release (if you are in a rush) by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 2-3 minutes. I recommend doing so outside to avoid smell and mess in the house. You can also increase cooking time to 30 minutes with Quick Release (if you have time). Open the lid, stir and serve hot with your favourite toppings.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.


Try to find organic bouillon cubes.

This amount of chili powder makes kid friendly mild one, use more to taste.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Thanks for this recipe, Olena (and the reminder today to rate what we make!) I had the recipe in the back of my mind all summer, but this past weekend I came down with a cold and knew that it was finally chilli time. This was delightfully easy to make and can be customized to one’s own spicyness preference. I do have one question, though: Do you drain or rinse your beans before adding them to the pot? Apologies if you’ve already answered this in the comments–I haven’t read through them yet. Again, thanks for all you do. I love your recipes! 🙂

    1. You have to use 6 quart ingredients measurements stated in the recipe for 6 quart pot. You can’t exceed max PC line otherwise IP won’t come to pressure. So the answer is no. You would have to use 2 IPs to double the recipe. Or cook 2 times.

    1. For sure! Just cut the 6 quart ingredients amount in half. Same cooking time. Please let me know how you liked the chili. Would love to know!:)

  2. Made this in my 6 Qt. Power Quick Pot and it is delicious! Perfect for a rainy day dinner (except for the trip to the store for ingredients). Thanks for the details, pictures and notes. I’m used to making chili in slow cooker after browning the meat and cooking the onions on the stovetop. It was so easy just to make it all in the pressure cooker and so much faster. I’ve got leftovers in the fridge and some in the freezer, too. I’ll be looking at your other recipes for next week!

    1. Good thing you didn’t have to walk to the store.:) So happy to hear you liked it. That’s what Instant Pot is for – to save time. Common mistake people make is browning the meat and veggies. And cooking too long. Please let me know what other recipes you try.:)

  3. I have only made chili 2 times prior because it gives me horrible indigestion. I found this recipe and decided to try it with my new IP. It was a HUGE hit in my house tonight. I soaked 1 cup of red kidney beans last night and cooked them today in the IP. I was trying to keep the sodium lower. The cooking of the beans was so easy and worth it!! I did 3 C water with 1 C chicken bone broth I had left over from Christmas cooking. I changed the seasoning only a tad because I used canned chili tomatoes (Wal-Mart brand) and since I am new at this I didn’t realize it was already seasoned with chili powder. I thought it meant they were just cut small and puree for the chili texture. LOL…I said I was a Chili Newbie!! I did add only 1/2 of the recipe chili powder and cumin for that reason. I did add more ground turkey that was already fully cooked prior to add more consistency to the mix. Thank you for posting this recipe!!! It was amazing and def making it again!!!!!!!

  4. This looks great! I have a Wolfgang Puck pot that works similar to the Instant Pot. Can I follow the same time requirements to cook this? Thank you!

  5. Thank you so much! I am a new IP cooker, so I looked for an simple and delicious recipes with a proper directions.
    This one is my whole family favorite!

  6. Now I had to buy an instant pot. Lol. You’re never allowed to take this blog down!! Lol (I ordered one of those lodge Dutch ovens that will be here tomorrow – hope I won’t be needing anymore kitchen ware. Haha)

    1. OMG you are funny! That dutch oven is the last dutch oven you will own. In the kitchen, you need just a few BUT good appliances. All I use VERY often is dutch oven, blender, food processor, pots, ceramic skillet and slow cooker/Instant Pot. Everything else is kinda not necessary, just cool. You will love your new tools!

      1. Well… gotta match you know!! Lol! I’d never even heard of an instant pot before Boxing Day when everyone was after them. But I think I can ditch my rice cooker/steamer now. Lol I use that ‘better than boullion’ goopy gel stuff from Costco not cubes – should I dissolve it first or just throw it in? (It’s mega low sodium. Love the stuff)

        1. Haha. Yes, you can just throw it in. Just FYI even organic one has maltodextrin in it, a preservative. I didn’t know and was buying it. I was very surprised. Just so you know.

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