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Instant Pot Chili con Carne

Although multicookers can’t replace every tool in the kitchen, they sure are coming close. Chili con carne is one of our favorite dishes to re-create in them. This cooks up fast but tastes like it simmered all day! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    7 cups


  • 1 can (16 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Optional: Sour cream and sliced jalapeno


  • Combine the first 10 ingredients in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Crumble beef over top; stir to combine. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release any remaining pressure. Stir chili. If desired, serve with sour cream and additional jalapenos.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 248 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 687mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • Katy's mom
    Dec 23, 2020

    You can use your Instant Pot for this, of course, but none of the ingredients need to be pressure cooked or tenderized. You also need to wait for the pressure to come up, which can take 15 minutes or longer, then you need to wait for it to come back down enough to remove the lid. Actually, this would be faster if made on the stovetop. It would also give you the option of easily draining the fat off before adding the other ingredients. A pressure cooker is a good tool to have, but it isn't always the best option.

  • Marc
    Feb 4, 2020

    Good recipe. I use kidney beans. I saute a pound of hamburger in Instant Pot the add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, sometimes a bottle of beer, and all the spices.