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This Instant Pot turkey chili recipe is healthy, comforting, and easy. You can make a big batch in 40 minutes total!

You may also like my stovetop Easy Turkey Chili next.

close-up of Instant Pot turkey chili in a white bowl topped with sour cream

Did you know that what we think of as chili today has roots in the American West (especially Texas)? According to legend, immigrants from the Canary Islands brought a recipe for chili with them when they settled San Antonio in the early 1700s. And we’re glad they did. Chili is such a tasty comfort food… especially as the temperatures outside drop.

I have some more chili recipes on my blog too. You may also like my Crockpot turkey chili – it’s a similar recipe. My turkey white bean chili is also delicious. If you’re into poultry, you may like my Instant Pot white chicken chili. If you’re more into beef chili, my quick chili recipe will hit the spot.

Instant Pot with healthy turkey chili and a ladle

How to make Instant Pot turkey chili

  • Sauté the onion for 5 minutes.
  • “Brown” the turkey for a few minutes, and periodically stir/break it up with your spoon.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  • Do a quick pressure release.
  • Serve with desired toppings.

I used ground turkey thigh in this recipe, but white meat would work too.

two white bowls of easy Instant Pot turkey chili

Toppings for Instant Pot turkey chili

  • Cilantro
  • Tortilla strips/chips
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Shredded cheddar or Tex-Mex cheese blend
  • Avocado

white bowl with Instant Pot turkey chili with beans topped with sour cream

Will you make this Instant Pot ground turkey chili?

Questions? Leave me a comment.

This Instant Pot turkey chili is the best easy chili recipe! Making chili in the electric pressure cooker is hassle-free and fast. A healthy family comfort food!
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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

This Instant Pot turkey chili recipe is healthy, comforting, and easy. You can make a big batch in 40 minutes total!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Inactive time: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (I used thigh)
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 (15 fluid ounce) can red kidney beans drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (smoked works too!)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Add the onion and olive oil to your Instant Pot and sauté for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the turkey to the Instant Pot and cook it for a few minutes, breaking it up with your spoon.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to your Instant Pot and give it a good stir.
  • Close the lid, set the valve on "sealing", and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. It'll take about 10-15 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.
  • Once the countdown has finished, do a quick release. You can let it depressurize naturally if you wish, but the turkey may dry out more.
  • Serve with desired toppings and enjoy! Chili freezes well. 


  • You can use canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes for extra flavor.
  • Inactive time represents the time it will take to get your Instant Pot up to pressure. 
  • I use this 6-quart Instant Pot.
  • Want to make this in the slow cooker? Try my Crockpot turkey chili recipe.
  • You can make this on the stove. Just use a large pot and cook the onion and turkey as instructed. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until it's cooked through and the flavor is concentrated. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 310kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 659mg, Potassium: 1143mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 2186IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 100mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Karissa says:

    Have you figured out the nutritional values of this recipe that you could share?

    1. Natasha says:

      Because I’m in a good mood, I just plugged the info into my program for you. 😉 Please keep in mind that any online nutrition info is just an estimate and if you really need accuracy for health reasons, it’s best to do your own calculations by weighing the exact ingredients you use. Brands vary and so on. Hope this helps! The info doesn’t include any toppings since those are subjective.

  2. susan pauff says:

    We love your recipe. Twice now we have tried it and both times it does that burn. This time we only used 1 lb of turkey meat and both times we added more chicken broth to get the burn to go away and we even leave the juice in the beans any suggestions?

    1. Natasha says:

      That is so bizarre. Honestly, I have NEVER experienced a burn warning in my IP… and I have even tried to create one (like with my Instant Pot chicken and rice dish which seems to produce a ton of burn warnings). It’s so frustrating since I wish I knew what to say to help. It seems like some of the newer Instant Pots do this. If it’s not actually burning, can you just ignore the warning, or does it screw up the cooking process? In any case, I am glad you like the recipe!

  3. Shelby says:

    Delicious! I added a little salt but other than that, followed recipe and it was great.

    1. Natasha says:


  4. Casey says:

    This was a great recipe. My turkey chili turned out delicious! Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay! So happy to hear it, Casey!

  5. Megan Jordan says:

    5 stars
    This was so delicious!!! So simple to make for a week’s worth of warm lunches in this cold winter. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome! So happy you liked it!