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Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Chili con carne is one of those classic comfort foods that never goes out of style. And thanks to the Instant Pot, it's now easier than ever to make this dish at home. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner, and it's sure to please the whole family. So don't wait - give this chili a try today!
Chili with cheese and beans and green onions in a white bowl.

Chili con carne is one of those classic comfort foods that is perfect on a cold winter’s night. And thanks to this Instant Pot recipe, it’s now easier than ever to make this dish at home. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner, and it’s sure to please the whole family. So don’t wait – give this chili a try today! 

Bowl of chili con carne with cheese in front of the Instant Pot.

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What ingredients do I need to make Instant Pot Chili Con Carne Recipe?

This great recipe for chili con carne is easy to make with the following ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • White Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Beef Broth
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Canned, Diced Tomatoes
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper

Optional Toppings:

  • Diced Onions
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Jalapeños
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Lime Wedges
  • Green Onion

Chili con carne ingredients.

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How do I make Chili con Carne in the Instant Pot?

Warm up with a bowl of this delicious chili con carne. It’s easy to make in the Instant Pot, and you can customize it with your favorite ingredients. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to prepare it.

Step 1: Cook the meat

With the electric pressure cooker on the saute mode, heat until “hot.” Add in a tablespoon of olive oil, the ground beef, onion, and green pepper. Cook until the beef is completely browned. Transfer the meat mixture to a colander or plate lined with paper towels to drain off grease.Ground beef, diced bell pepper and onion in Instant Pot.

Step 2: Deglaze the Instant Pot

While the meat drains, pour the beef broth into the electric pressure cooker and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot. 

Step 3: Add all chili con carne ingredients to Instant Pot

Return the meat mixture to the electric pressure cooker.  Add the kidney beans, black beans, chili powder, cumin, black pepper and cayenne pepper to the meat mixture. Stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.  Then, pour the diced tomatoes over the top and dot with tomato paste. Do not stir.

Step 4: Pressure cook the chili con carne

Place the pressure cooker lid on top and set the valve to sealing. Program the pressure cooker on “manual” or “high pressure cook” for 25 minutes. When the cooking cycle has completed, perform a quick release. Remove the lid and stir the chili. Serve it up by itself or with desired toppings like diced onion, shredded cheese, corn tortillas, lime wedges and/or a dollop of sour cream.

Ladle of Instant Pot Chili con Carne/

How do I serve Chili con Carne?

Serve it over rice: This is a classic way to enjoy chili con carne. Simply prepare a pot of rice according to the package directions and ladle the chili on top. If you want to get fancy, you can even top it with some shredded cheese or sour cream.

Pile it high on nachos: Another great way to enjoy chili con carne is to pile it high on a plate of nachos. I like to use tortilla chips, but you could also use Doritos or any other type of chip you like. Just top the chips with chili, cheese, sour cream, and any other toppings you enjoy (jalapeños, green onions, etc.).

Turn it into a sandwich: For a quick and easy meal, turn your chili con carne into a sandwich! Just place a scoop of chili between two pieces of bread (I like to use hamburger buns) and enjoy. If you want, you can add some cheese or other toppings, but it’s not necessary.

Chili in a white bowl in front of the Instant Pot.

What should I serve with Chili?

Cornbread: Cornbread is a classic side dish that goes great with chili. It’s also easy to make ahead of time, so it’s one less thing you have to worry about when you’re trying to get dinner on the table. Just pop it in the oven when you start cooking the chili and it’ll be ready by the time the chili is done.

Green Salad: A green salad is a great way to add some healthy veggies to your meal. And if you’re looking for a little bit of a crunch, you can always top it with some chopped up hard-boiled eggs or croutons.

Fruit Salad: For something a little different, try serving fruit salad alongside your chili con carne. This sweet and juicy side dish is a great contrast to the savory chili. Plus, it’s a healthy option that will help balance out the meal.

How do I store leftover Chili con Carne?

The best way to store any leftover chili is in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to portion my leftovers into individual servings so that I can just grab one to take to work for lunch. This also helps prevent me from overeating!

If you know you won’t be able to eat all of your leftovers within a few days, you can also freeze them. Just make sure to put them in a freezer-safe container and label it with the date. Chili con carne will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stove until warm.

Chili with cheese and beans and green onions in a white bowl.

Chili with cheese and beans and green onions in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Chili con carne is one of those classic comfort foods that never goes out of style. And thanks to the Instant Pot, it's now easier than ever to make this dish at home. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner, and it's sure to please the whole family. So don't wait - give this chili a try today!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Instant Pot
Keyword: Instant Pot Chili Con Carne
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 518kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.25 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 to 4 cups beef broth depending on desired thickness
  • 1 15 ounce can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste

Instructions

  • With the electric pressure cooker on the saute mode, heat until “hot.” Adding olive oil, the ground beef, onion,and green pepper. Cook until the beef is completely browned. Transfer the meat mixture to a colander to drain well.
  • While the meat drains, pour the beef broth into the electric pressure cooker and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot.
  • Return the meat mixture to the electric pressure cooker.
  • Add the kidney beans, black beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to the meat mixture. Stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  • Over the top, pour the tomatoes and dot with tomato paste. Do not stir.
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Program the pressure cooker on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 25 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle has completed, perform a quick release. Remove the lid and stir the chili.
  • Serve with desired toppings: diced onion, shredded cheese, and/or sour cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 1282mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1124IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 8mg
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