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Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

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This Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe is not only delicious but has only a 25 minute under pressure cook time. It’s the perfect one pot dinner that can be made on any weekend or weeknight.

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Oh how I love my Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker! Although I took a leave of absence from the blog, I’ve been getting great feedback on my Instant Pot recipes, like this Pressure Cooker Shrimp Paella or this Instant Pot Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe. So, of course, the first recipe I had to share on my return to blogging was this Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe.

One pot meals are a necessity in our meal rotations and our electric pressure cooker has been a life saver when it comes to creating these meals. Let’s just say that for the last few months I’ve been super busy and extremely tired. Why may you ask? Well for starters, I starred in a feature-length film that is available on Amazon. It was a pretty big way to start the year and something brand new to me. But hey, YOLO (you only live once) and being an actress is now on my resume. The movie took a bit of time as I not only acted in it, but I helped with directing and editing as well. Feel free to check out the movie free on Amazon.

After the movie was made, you would think life would slow down but we chose to keep it moving. My husband and I always wanted to expand our family of 3 but were told that it would only be possible with In Vitro Fertilization(IVF). That itself was a little overwhelming. Dealing with taking shots every day, various medical procedures, and the fear that it just may not work will have you feeling overwhelmed. Regardless, it was totally worth it as we became pregnant on our first round. 8 months later, after a difficult pregnancy, our little precious daughter made her way into this world. Now our house is full of girls, sorry hubby.

It’s meals like this Turkey Chili made in my Instant Pot that allowed my family to eat healthy while our lives went through so many exciting changes.

Chili in the Slow Cooker, Stove Top, or Instant Pot…that is the question?

Chili used to be a meal that I thought was only available on a long weekend when you had hours to sit over a stove and stir every once in a while. Truth is, it’s been a long time since I’ve made chili on the stove top. I’m not the hugest fan on watching food on the stove for long periods of time. The slow cooker is my 2nd favorite method for cooking chili but it didn’t provide me with the last minute dinner availability. So the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker became the perfect vessel to make this delicious turkey chili dinner.

Although my Instant pot has a slow cooker function, I prefer to use the pressure cook and sauté function only on my machine. Rumor has it that the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot isn’t as good as the original slow cooker.

Which is Healthier, Ground Beef or Ground Turkey?

Although the majority of the chili we make in our house is made with beef, I wanted to try something different for my hubby and oldest daughter. Chili happens to be one of her favorites but I wanted to limit the amount of red meat we were eating. The great thing about this turkey chili is you won’t even notice that there isn’t beef in the chili because…well, it taste like some darn good chili.

So which is healthier? It pretty much depends on which kind of ground turkey or ground beef you buy. Fit Found Me has a great article detailing the differences between both.

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Spices for Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili

So what’s the secret to this delicious chili?? The spices! Of course, there is chili powder, cumin, and a dash of cinnamon. All that combined with the other ingredients gives you a dynamic chili taste.

spices for pressure cooker turkey chili


How Long to Cook Chili in a Pressure Cooker

You will get different opinions on how long you should cook anything in the pressure cooker. Some even say you can get that flavor within as little as 10 minutes cook time. I’m a firm believer that this chili deserves a good 25-minute pressure cooker time. The longer it’s in there, the better the chance of getting that dynamic flavor.

What to serve with this chili?

Cornbread!!! or Tortilla chips. I like to top mine with sliced jalapeno, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

It’s super easy to make this chili, which makes it perfect for a weeknight or weekend meal. So spice it up and enjoy this pressure cooker turkey chili recipe. Also, it feels great to be back.

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Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili

Quick, easy, and flavorful turkey chili in the Instant Pot. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker turkey chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 460kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 Tablespoon vegatable oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 (15oz) can sweet kernel corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can light red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomato
  • 2 Tablespoon very fine cornmeal (optional)


  • Set your Pressure Cooker to sauté mode. Once it displays “HOT”, add vegetable oil. Once oil heats, add onion and red bell pepper and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook for about 1 minute more.
  • Add ground turkey and stir, cooking until meat is no longer pink. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir and turn off Pressure Cooker. 
  • Add corn, kidney beans, and chicken broth and stir. Place can diced tomatoes on top but do not stir, just leave it on top. 
  • Set Pressure Cooker on Manual (Pressure Cook) for 25 minutes. Cover, making sure the valve is set to seal. 
  • Once time is up, allow pressure cooker to natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release by switching valve to vent. Once pressure is fully released, open and stir. 
  • If you find chili to watery, set pressure cooker to sauté until mixture starts to boil and stir until desired consistency, no longer than 5 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp of cornmeal to thicken. 



Top with your favorite Chili toppings: Jalapeno, cheddar cheese, avocado, sour cream, etc.

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Notes on Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili

  • You can sub your favorite bean for one of the kidney beans. Feel free to try it with black beans or any bean you like with your chili.
  • Make sure the diced tomatoes remain on the top when pressure cooking. If mixed in prior to pressure cooking, you risk the tomatoes being scorched on the bottom.
  • The chili will be watery when you first open the pressure cooker. In order to thicken it, you can turn on the saute function and stir continuously allowing it to reduce down. I like to add very fine cornmeal and stir it in on saute for a few minutes. It changed the flavor profile ever so slightly but it’s sooo good.

Step by Step Photos of Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili

onions and red pepper in instant pot
Sauté onion, red pepper, garlic in 2 Tbsp vegetable oil.
ground turkey cooking in pot
Add in turkey meat and cook until fully cooked.
ground turkey in pot with seasonings
Add spices and stir. Turn off pressure cooker.
beans added to ground turkey in pot
Add beans, corn, and chicken broth and stir,
pressure cooker turkey chili in the instant pot with tomatoes on top
Place diced tomatoes on top. Cover and pressure cook for 25 minutes
pressure cooker turkey chili in instant pot after pressure cooking
after pressure cooking, let natural release for 10 minutes and then quick release. Chili will appear watery. To thicken, set pressure cooker on sauté and stir to thicken.
cornmeal in measuring spoon
Add 2 Tbsp of very fine cornmeal.
pressure cooker turkey chili on a spoon

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 8th of October 2022

I was in the process of preparing this chili when I discovered I didn't have a red bell pepper but I did have a green and yellow pepper. Can you tell me what is the difference other than color between Red, Green, and Yellow Bell peppers? Also can you use them interchangeably in recipes?


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Hi Wray, the colored bell peppers, like red, tend to be sweeter than green. I use them interchangebely. It changes the taste by a little, but can still be used.


Saturday 5th of February 2022

This is the best Chili recipe I have tried yet. It has a good blend of spices which makes the chili very aromatic. I prefer watery soup so I didn’t follow the steps to thicken it at the end and it turned out just the way I like it! I’m going to make cornbread to go with this next time.


Sunday 6th of February 2022

Thanks Alexis! So glad you liked it.

Camille Henricks

Monday 3rd of January 2022

I used crushed tomatoes instead, I'm not a fan of chunks. I also used put in garbanzo beans. Very good. I'm making it again. I put garbanzo beans again and chopped potatoes this time. Thanks for the recipe 😊


Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Thanks Camille! I love your additions.


Monday 11th of February 2019

I love this Chili! It was super good and I have no complaints at all! I don't usually review but since we loved this so much I wanted to. Also, i used one 10oz can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, and one 14.5 oz can of Italian Style diced tomatoes and all the required spices. It was so spicey that my MIL and I both had to put sour cream in our bowls! Anyway I am recommending this to my daughter and friends!


Monday 11th of February 2019

Thanks so much for the feedback Connie! Sour cream on chili is the best!


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

I saw the 5 star ratings everyone left and made this chili. I should have read the actual “reviews” because I would have realized no one actually made this chili!!! They just liked how the recipe sounded. Well, this chili is probebly the worst I ever made. Full of liquid, tasteless and bland. It went all in the trash.


Sunday 21st of October 2018

Idiot! Jillian-You clearly dont know how to cook. If its bland, then added more spices...... double spices and its fine. Glad your so rich to throw away perfectly good food.


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Hi Jilian, I'm sorry this recipe didn't work for you. I've actually made this chili multiple times and every recipe on the site. I don't post a recipe unless my family and I rave about it. With that being said, I know everyone has different palates. I'm sorry to hear that you had to throw it away. Next time, I'd suggest setting the Instant Pot on sauté after the pressure cooker cycle if you want you chili thicker. I'd also adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. The cornmeal also acts as a thickener for anyone that chooses to add it. Thanks for your feedback.