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This quick and easy Instant Pot beef chili is made fast in your electric pressure cooker. The perfect family friendly game day recipe!

Instant Pot Beef Chili

This Instant Pot beef chili recipe is simple and hearty. Lots of flavor is created in a short amount of time with little effort! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot beef chili, Instant Pot chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Inactive time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 345kcal


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Add the onion and olive oil to your Instant Pot and sauté for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the ground beef to the Instant Pot and brown it for a few minutes, breaking it up with your spoon.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to your Instant Pot and give it a stir.
  • Close the lid, set the valve on "sealing", and cook the chili 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, carefully do a quick release. Alternatively, you also can let it depressurize naturally if you wish.
  • Serve with desired toppings and enjoy! Chili freezes well. 


  • 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.
  • You can also make my Crockpot beef chili if you prefer.
  • 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: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 1205mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2148IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 8mg