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Instant Pot Beef Chili No Beans

It’s not that cold out, but I still want a bowl of chili. This Instant Pot Beef Chili is quick and easy, and best of all, it tastes as if it simmered for hours. The instant pot beef chili recipe is ready in under an hour! This version is made with green peppers, onions, celery, ground beef, and tomatoes. Top with shredded cheese and sliced green onions, and serve some cornbread on the side.

A warm bowl of chili is such a comforting meal on cold nights. Beef chili usually takes at least an hour and a half to simmer on the stove, but you can cut that time down by half when you use a pressure cooker!

Making Instant Pot Chili

Start by browning ground beef in a large saucepan. Add chopped onions and garlic, and cook, until the meat is no longer pink. Pour in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in chopped cooked chicken or turkey at the end of cooking time if desired. Serve over rice or with cornbread as an entree; serve with chips for dipping as an appetizer.

Using an Instant Pot to make chili isn’t any harder than cooking a pot of chili on the stove. You can sauté and simmer right in the appliance, just as you would when cooking on the stovetop. The only difference here is that instead of turning a knob on the stove, you press a few buttons on the Instant Pot.

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The biggest difference? From start to finish, this chili is ready in under an hour — compare this with stove-top chilis that take twice as long!

If you have another model of electric or stovetop pressure cooker, the sautéing instructions might be slightly different. Just check your user manual for guidance.


One of the best parts about chili is all the ways you can top your bowl! Cheese, sliced green onions, crushed tortilla chips, and a dollop of sour cream are all great options.

What about a batch of southern cornbread or garlic knots to serve on the side? Chili is also great served over cooked rice.

can I freeze chili in a plastic container?

This chili will keep in the fridge for at least five days, or frozen for up to three months.

To freeze, transfer the cooked and cooled chili to freezer containers or bags, press out as much air as possible, and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or heat while still frozen. The best way to reheat chili is in a saucepan over low heat on the stovetop.


Since first posting this recipe, so many of you have made it and shared your success stories! You’ve also shared ways that you’ve adapted or swapped ingredients, which all sound so great. Here are some of mine.

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favorite ideas:

Add an extra can of beans for more protein

Add a cup of frozen corn

Swap the ground beef for finely-chopped flank steak or ground chicken

Add cumin!

Use fire-roasted tomatoes

Add sliced mushrooms

new pressure cooker recipes

electric pressure cookers are having a renaissance these days. The newest models, like the Instant Pot, are programmable smart appliances that are safe and easy to use. They’re completely different from the traditional stovetop models many of us grew up with.

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Instant Pot Beef Chili Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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It’s not that cold out, but I still want a bowl of chili. This Instant Pot Beef Chili is quick and easy, and best of all, it tastes as if it simmered for hours. If you have leftover tomato paste after making this recipe, you can freeze it in tablespoon portions for another recipe.

Stovetop Instructions: In a medium saucepan or soup pot, cook the bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until the onions are softened and translucent. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add the spices, tomato paste, tomatoes, and beans, along with a cup of water or broth. Bring to a simmer. then turn the heat down to low, cover the pot, and let simmer for one hour.


1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef (85% lean)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
Water or broth, as needed to make 1 cup liquid with the tomato juices
1 (15.5-ounce) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded cheese, any favorite mix, to serve
2 green onions, sliced thinly, to serve
rice, cornbread, or garlic knots, to serve
Special equipment:
6 quart instant pot, or another pressure cooker


1 Cook the vegetables: Select the “Sauté” program on your pressure cooker and add the oil to the pot. (If you are using a stovetop pressure cooker, heat the oil over medium heat.) Add the bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic. Sauté until the onions are softened and translucent, about five minutes.

2 Cook the ground beef: Add the ground beef to the pot, breaking it up into small pieces. Cook until no longer pink, about five minutes.

3 Stir in the spices and tomato paste. Add the chili powder, salt, oregano, and tomato paste to the pot. Stir until the tomato paste is evenly mixed into the other ingredients and no clumps remain.

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4 Add the tomatoes and beans: Strain the tomatoes, then add enough water or broth to make 1 cup total liquid. Add the liquid, the strained tomatoes, and the beans to the pressure cooker.

5 Cook the chili: Place the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure the pressure regulator is set to the “Sealing” position. If you are using an Instant Pot, select the “Chili” program, then adjust the time to 20 minutes. If your pressure cooker does not have a “Chili” program, set it manually to “High Pressure” for 20 minutes. For stovetop pressure cookers, cook for 17 minutes at high pressure.

It will take about 10 minutes for your pressure cooker to come up to pressure, and then the actual cooking will begin. The total time from the time you seal the pressure cooker to the finished dish is about 30 minutes.

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 6 Release the pressure after cooking: When the timer goes off, you may either perform a quick pressure release by moving the pressure release knob from “Sealing” to “Venting,” or let the pot depressurize naturally on its own (this takes about 20 minutes; open the vent to “Venting” when you’re ready to serve the chili.) For stovetop pressure cookers, perform a quick pressure release.

7 To serve Top bowls of chili with shredded cheese and green onions if desired. Serve alone, over rice, or with cornbread.

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