Instant Pot 25 Minute Chili

Happy Cyber Monday!!! There are some awesome deals for Instant Pots on Amazon today. If you haven’t taken the plunge, the time is now!

I forgot to take any pictures of my chili, but I’ll try to take some next time we eat it! For now, this pic will have to do:


“The trick is to undercook the onions.” – Kevin, the Office. (Anyone remember Kevin’s famous chili?)

This chili recipe is super quick and easy, mainly because you only brown the beef for a few minutes, and throw the onions in raw. I promise they aren’t undercooked, BUT I do think that onions cooked in chili actually make the chili taste better than if you sauté them before adding the liquid, tomatoes, etc.

This recipe is highly adaptable to the tastes of your family. I’ve written the exact ingredients I used, but it is more about the method than sticking to the actual ingredients. You can change out the types of beans, the amount of meat or beans, the amount of seasoning, etc. This turned out super delicious, but I like my chili to lean a little more towards soup. If you like yours thicker, use 2 lbs of meat or add less tomatoes.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can of black beans (drained)
  • 1 can of pinto beans (drained)
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can of petite diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional)*
  • 1 squirt of ketchup (optional)*
  • a dash of cayenne pepper to taste


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. When it says “hot” add the ground beef and brown. (I forgot to add any oil to the pan, but the beef had enough fat that it didn’t matter. You can add oil if you’re using super lean meat or ground turkey.)
  2. When the beef is brown, turn off the pot and stir in all other ingredients.
  3. Put the lid on, seal, and set the pot to Bean/Chili for 11 minutes.
  4. The 11 minutes is enough time for the onions to fully cook and flavors to combine.

It’s that easy! Throw it together quickly, and then walk away while it cooks.

*I like a little bit of sweetness in my chili. You can add the brown sugar and ketchup to taste. If you taste it and it is missing something, try a bit of the sugar. 😉

***You can replace all of the seasonings in this recipe for your favorite chili seasoning packet.


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