Instant Pot Red Chili, from dry beans
Instant Pot Red Chili (from dry beans)

Chili is better homemade, and it's never been easier with the Instant Pot. By using pressure, you are able to dry cook beans quicker, without soaking them, and no better dish for that than chili. Since ground beef doesn't need as much cooking, it get browned on the saute function before everything else, and then added back in after the beans are cooked. Instant Pot Red Bean Chili was a hit in my house, I hope it is in yours, too.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kayla
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Pressure Cook
  • 2 cups onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper diced (core and seeds discarded)
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound red beans dry
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 teaspoon oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon course ground black pepper
  • 2.5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Toppings (optional)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (parsley works too)
  1. Add vegetable oil and ground beef into Instant Pot. Using saute function, brown ground beef.

  2. Once ground beef is brown, remove the ground beef and transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate ground beef until remainder of chili is done. 

Pressure Cook
  1. Add "Pressure Cook" ingredients: celery, onion, red bell pepper, beans, tomatoes, broth, and seasonings to Instant Pot. 

  2. Using Bean/Chili function of your Instant Pot (a high pressure function), cook for 50 minutes. To adjust time (after selecting bean/chili function), increase time using the + button. 

  3. Once Instant Pot has finished it's time cycle, allow it to depressurize on it's own (also known as Natural Pressure Release). This may take about 40-45 additional minutes, and allows the beans to cook further.

  4. When pressure release valve has dropped, add ground beef back to chili mixture. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.

  5. Serve, topping with cheese, green onions, sour cream, or cilantro as desired. 

Recipe Notes

A plain/tart yogurt can work as a substitution for sour cream (we make our own, and have it around more often than yogurt). 

Parsley can be substituted for cilantro, while still providing a bright freshness from herbs.