The Best Instant Pot Beef Chili

Instant Pot beef chili is the perfect meal when you want something hearty, filling, and protein packed, but don’t want to do too much work.

Beef Chili

This chili is a one pot meal and ready in under an hour thanks to the Instant Pot! It cuts down the cooking time to a fraction of the amount it would generally take to get a tender chili.

Chili Dogs

You can use this in so many ways. I used it to make chili cheese dogs. But it can also used for chili fries, chili nachos, chili sandwiches, or even just a bowl of chili!

The ingredients are also pretty simple but pack a lot of flavor:

Ground Beef– if you want a lighter chili you can also use ground chicken or ground turkey. But ground beef is traditional

Onion– just roughly chop and toss is it with the beef. The pressure cooker will will break it down!

Garlic– lots and lots of garlic

Spices– salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika., and cinnamon

Cocoa Powder– technically this counts as a spice, but cocoa powder gives the chili more depth and almost a smokey taste

Canned Beans-I like to use Dakota’s Pride brand grilled style beans in southern BBQ. It adds great flavor and is already tender so it melts into the chili

Tomato sauce– one can will do

Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies– one can for extra flavor

Simply dump everything into the Instant Pot, give it a good mix, then close the lid and pressure cook on high for 30 minutes.

Mix Ingredients in Instant Pot Before Pressure Cooking

To serve, ladle into a bowl and top with green onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Or spoon over hot dogs like I did!


Serves 4-6

  • 2.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 8-10 cloves or garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 can BBQ beans-I used Dakota’s Pride
  • 1 can tomato purée
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies


1. Turn the instant pot on to sauté mode and add in all the ingredients*

2. Give everything a good mix, then close the lid and make sure it is sealed

3. pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Then release the pressure and the chili is ready to serve

4. To make chili cheese dogs, cook hotdogs, add to bun, too with chili, shredded cheese, and green onions


*To make chili on stove top instead, follow the same directions but in a Dutch oven or large pot. Mix dry ingredients together on high heat, then add canned wet ingredients, mix again, cover, and cook on low heat for several hours, mixing occasionally.

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