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Instant Pot Chili Recipe

by Olena

Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.

This EASY Instant Pot chili recipe with canned beans and ground turkey tastes like it has been simmering on the stove all day and yet took about an hour to cook. But let me notify you that your time investment was 15 minutes.

There are a handful of recipes that make sense to be made in a pressure cooker and Instant Pot turkey chili is one of them. I’m including recipe for both, 6 quart and 8 quart models (I own 8 quart IP-DUO).

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What Are The Best Beans for Chili

Red kidney beans, white beans or pinto beans because:

  1. Large in size.
  2. Contain more starch.
  3. Meaty.

How to Avoid Burn with Chili in Instant Pot

Do not stir! Because Instant Pot’s heating element is located at the bottom and may cause sugars in tomato products caramelize and Burn (happened to me twice with this recipe). Therefore, we add diced tomatoes and tomato paste on top and do not stir.

Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.

What Are Best Tomatoes for Chili

There is a reason I call this easy Instant Pot chili because I made it with an array of canned tomato products:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Leftover marinara or pasta sauce (mixed with other tomato products).

Can I Use Frozen Vegetables with Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Yes! For chili, I often use frozen vegetables: chopped pepper, corn and frozen cooked beans (how to cook dried beans and freeze them for later).

How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Chili Thicker

Cook for 30 rather than 20 minutes and do Quick Release. Or cook for 20 minutes and do Natural Release – chili will thicken as pressure is coming down.

Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.

What to Know About Browning Turkey in Instant Pot

Meat won’t get browned, so don’t waste your time waiting for that. Original stainless steel pot that comes with Instant Pot doesn’t really brown ground meat, end of story. Our goal is simply to create as small pieces of meat as possible for every spoonful of chili. We are not performing this step for flavour enhancement (pressure cooking takes care of that) but rather aesthetic reasons.

How to Cook Chili Without Instant Pot

I have our favourite healthy turkey chili recipe I got from the Biggest Loser years ago that I make in a slow cooker or on the stove.

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How to Make Instant Pot Chili

  1. Press Sauté and let pressure cooker preheat for a few minutes.Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for 4 minutes, constantly breaking meat into small pieces. Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.
  3. Add remaining ingredients in exact order listed in the recipe. Do not stir. Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot. Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.
  4. Close the lid and set pressure vent to Sealing. Press Cancel to turn Sauté off. Then press Pressure Cook on High for 20 minutes. Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.
  5. After 20 minutes your chili is ready. Pressure cooker needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. You can let it do it on its own which will take 20-30 minutes – Natural Release. OR you can do Quick Release 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.Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.
  6. Enjoy! Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Chili Recipe

5 from 2 reviews

Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe with canned beans and ground turkey with many tips how to make the best chili in Instant Pot. This healthy chili tastes like it has been simmering all day.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 7 (6 Qt.), 10 (8 Qt.) servings

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

*I used mostly kidney beans + black beans. 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.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.