This Instant Pot Chili is made with ground beef and dry kidney beans, and comes together in less than an hour! It's cheap, healthy, and DELICIOUS.
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Instant Pot Chili with Ground Beef and Dry Kidney Beans (Slow Cooker Optional)

This Instant Pot Chili is made with ground beef and dry kidney beans, and comes together in less than an hour! It's cheap, healthy, and DELICIOUS.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann


  • 1 lb. dried kidney beans soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1-2 bell peppers any color, seeded and diced (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1- 1.5 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3.5 cups water chicken or beef broth can also be used, alone or in combination with dark beer
  • 1 28- oz can diced tomatoes
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • optional fixings: grated cheddar cheese sour cream, hot sauce, chopped green or red onion, fresh herbs, etc.


  • Set Instant Pot to "sauté," and cook the peppers, onions, and garlic in the canola oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and cocoa powder. Stir and continue sautéing for about 30 seconds- just enough time for the spices to become slightly toasted.
  • Add the ground beef and continue cooking until browned.
  • Add the water, tomatoes, drained and rinsed beans. Stir. Turn "sauté" setting off, cover the Instant Pot and set the pressure to high for 15 minutes. At this point, the pressure cooker will take about 15 minutes to come to the correct pressure, then the timer for 15 minutes will start.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15-20 minutes. If it hasn't released fully at this point, you can unseal the valve manually.
  • Season with plenty of kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  • If the chili seems too thin, turn Instant Pot to "saute" setting and allow to simmer uncovered until it reaches desired consistency. Alternatively, you can use a potato masher to mash some of the chili/beans, which will help thicken it.
  • The chili is ready! Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, chopped green or red onions, hot sauce, or any other fixings you desire :-)


  • To make this recipe in the slow cooker: Sauté the peppers, onions, and garlic in a skillet as directed. Add the spices and beef as directed. Transfer to slow cooker and add the water, tomatoes, and drained/rinsed beans. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • I purposefully made this chili mild tasting since I was feeding it to my one-year-old daughter and wanted it to be family friendly. If you like tons of spice, feel free to add more chili powder, some cayenne pepper, or even a fresh hot pepper in with the other peppers!
  • I made this recipe in my 6 qt. Instant pot. It should work the same in an 8 qt., but you may need to cut the ingredients in half for a 3 qt. mini.