Instant Pot Pantry Chili

Fast and easy hearty Pantry Chili made in the Instant Pot. One-pot cleans up later makes this the perfect meal.

Instant Pot Pantry Chili

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of chili when its cold outside.  There are so many ways to make chili, but I prefer to make mine with ingredients in my pantry.

My Pantry Chili ends up with a different taste every time depending on what beans I use and what tomatoes I have on hand.  And using my Instant Pot only makes the cooking process faster and clean up time quicker.

My recipe is pretty basic and you could mix it up the way you want to make it your own. Since the Instant Pot seers meat, you don’t have to drag out an extra pan to cook your meat, onions, green peppers, etc.

Here are the easy steps in not only making the chili but how to use the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pantry Chili
Follow these easy steps:
  1. Make sure the Instant Pot is plugged in and push the Saute button.
  2. Wait until it says ON to make sure it’s hot enough, add your meat and saute.
  3. Add chopped green peppers and onions (I had some tomatoes from the garden I cut up and added).
  4. Saute until the veggies are cooked to your taste.
  5. Add the spices and stir well and let saute for a few minutes.
  6. Add the beans and tomatoes.
  7. Touch the Cancel button to stop the Saute cycle, twist the Instant Pot lid in place and make sure the vent on top of the unit is turned toward “Sealing”.  Touch the Manual button and change the time to 10 minutes. It will start cooking on its own.
  8. When the timer goes off and you are ready to serve, push the vent over to let the steam out.
  9. If you aren’t ready to serve the chili yet, just let it sit on low.  That setting automatically starts after the 10 minutes is up and the steam will let it out on its own.  The lid will not open if the steam isn’t all vented out.
Instant Pot Pantry Chili

You can also serve the chili straight from the inner pot since it is removable.

When the process is all done, the Instant Pot is so easy to clean up.  The stainless steel inner pot can go in the dishwasher and the inside of the top is easy to wipe off.  I do take off the rubber rim and hand wash it, dry, and replace.

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Did you know you can also use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker? Just get the Instant Pot Glass Top and use the Slow Cook setting.

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4.2 from 5 votes

Instant Pot Pantry Chili

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 24-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 24-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream, Shredded Cheddar, Sliced scallions for garnish – Optional

Instructions

  • Make sure the Instant Pot is plugged in and push the Saute button.
  • Wait until it says ON to make sure its hot enough, add your meat and saute.
  • Add chopped green peppers and onions (I had some tomatoes from the garden I cut up and added).
  • Saute until the veggies are cooked to your taste.
  • Add the spices and stir well and let saute for a few minutes.
  • Add the beans and tomatoes.
  • Touch the Cancel button to stop the Saute cycle, twist the Instant Pot lid in place and make sure the vent on top of the unit is turned toward “Sealing”. Touch the Manual button and change the time to 20 minutes. It will start cooking on its own.
  • When the timer goes off and you are ready to serve, push the vent over to let the steam out.
  • If you aren’t ready to serve the chili yet, just let it sit on low. That setting automatically starts after the 20 minutes is up and the steam will let it out on its own. The lid will not open if the steam isn’t all vented out.
  • Transfer the chili to serving bowls and garnish with lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced scallions, if desired

Notes

Substitute meats with ground turkey, ground turkey sausage mild or hot. Turkey sausage adds a wonderful flavor without all the fat. Beans could be the same or a variety of kidney beans.
Most of the time I just use the green peppers from my freezer instead of the different color ones.
It is important to cook the spices first as instructed in the recipe. It seems to make the flavors pop out more.
Like this recipe? Don’t forget to share!Follow me at @tammy1999

What is your favorite version of chili?


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Enjoy,

Tammy

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21 Comments

  1. This looks so good. Chili is perfect for eating during the winter when it is cold and dreary.

  2. I have been hearing the buzz about the instant pot but never really knew what it is! This looks amazing! I love that it cooks it all in one pot and it is a full meal! YUM!2 stars

  3. This chili recipe sounds like one I am going to have to try for sure. We love chili during the winter months when it is cold outside. I love that use basically the same spices I do for your recipe and I think adding the ground pork with ground beef is a great idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe.5 stars

    1. I waited a very long time to get one and now I’m kicking myself. I cook so much in it now and clean up is always easier. Thanks for stopping by Paula

  4. I’ve heard so many great things about Instant Pots…I really need to get one for myself. I am all about cleaning out my pantry, too, so this recipe is right up my alley.

  5. Oh my g! Thanks for sharing this! Your recipe is very perfect for all chili-lovers! Surely there will be increase in appetite whenever we have at the table.

  6. I really need to use my instant pot more than I do! This recipe looks really easy and would be perfect for a winter dinner.

  7. Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love chili!!! I will be giving your instant pot version a try!!! Deliciousness

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