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Chili served in a white bowl with a spoon.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Chili

Get the most delicious chili in a fraction of the time with your trusty pressure cooker! So rich and flavorful, this chili is easy to make, perfectly comforting and so so tasty!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook chili in a pressure cooker, instant pot chili recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 534kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 2 jalapeño chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable juice like V8
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup yellow corn kernels frozen
  • ½ Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • Turn the pressure cooker on the high-sauté function. Once the display says “HOT,” add oil. Add onions, jalapeño, and garlic cloves and sauté for about 5-7 minutes, until onions have softened. Add ground beef and stir, cooking until ground beef is no longer pink and is browned. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and stir until combined.
  • Press Cancel on the pressure cooker. Add vegetable juice, water, kidney beans, yellow corn kernels, and brown sugar. Do not stir. Cover the pressure and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. Once pressure cooking time is up, allow the pressure to natural release for at least 15 minutes.
  • Once all pressure is released, press Cancel on the pressure cooker and open the lid. Stir the chili. It will appear watery. Press the sauté button and allow the chili to simmer for 5-10 minutes until it’s reduced to your likeness. Salt to taste.



  • The chili will appear watery once you open the lid after pressure cooking as the water hasn’t had the chance to evaporate. Simmer after pressure cooking to reduce the water amount and build flavor.
  • This chili is relatively mild. If you like it spicier, add a little cayenne.
  • Feel free to add in other veggies that you have in your fridge. Mushrooms, bell peppers and carrots all work really well.


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 1029mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2027IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 5mg