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Mama’s Simple Instant Pot Chili

Made with only 8 ingredients, most of them spices, this thick and hearty Instant Pot Chili is going to warm you right up on these chilly winter days!

Mama’s Simple Instant Pot Chili is one of my mothers staples dinners! With seven children to feed, she kept things classically simple. Beans, meat, tomato sauce, and spices. One of the most comforting dishes for us children when the weeks turned cold. She often served it with a box of Jiffy corn bread mix but if you’re looking for a healthier spin, check out my new Corn Bread Recipe for the Instant Pot in Instant Loss Eat Real, Lose Weight!

My husband and kids always perk up when they get a hint of the smell this chili makes. When I make it, it always makes me feel closer to my Mom. I love making this during the cold, Winter months. In fact, it’s not officially Fall in my house until the first batch of chili is made.

I have modernized it through the use of the Instant Pot, rather than standing over the stove for an hour, my time is freed up to help the kids with homework, fold some laundry, answer emails, or play a quick game. I hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as mine has!

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Mama's Simple Instant Pot Chili

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  • 4 cups water, for soaking beans
  • 1 1/2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder


  • In a large bowl, add water and pinto beans. Soak for 8 hours or overnight. Rinse and drain them.
  • Preheat the Instant Pot using the SAUTE function. 
  • When the display panel reads HOT, add the ground meat, minced onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring periodically, until the meat is browned.
  • Add all remaining ingredients in order, do not stir. Place the lid on your pressure cooker. Make sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position. Press the cancel button. Press the BEAN/CHILI button or if your pot does not have this button, use the display panel select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function, high pressure. Use the +/- buttons until the display says 30 minutes.
  • When the cooker beeps to let you know it’s finished switch the pressure knob from the SEALING to the VENTING position. Use caution while the steam escapes—it’s hot. Serve!


Forgot to soak your beans? No problem! You can do a “quick soak” in your pressure cooker! Place 1 1/2 cups dry bean inside your pressure cooker, add 4 cups of water and a pinch of sea salt. Place the lid on your pot and make sure the pressure valve is in the SEALING position. Select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK button, HIGH PRESSURE, for 10 minutes. When the cooker beeps to let you know it’s finished, switch the pressure knob from the SEALING to the VENTING position. Use caution while the steam escapes—it’s hot. Strain and rinse. You can now use these in recipes calling for soaked beans.
Servings: 6
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. Just curious how long does it take it cook on the bean/chili button and why do you need to still soak the beans overnight.. i thought thats why having an instant pot was so good for was cooking the beans without soaking.. or maybe i am mistaken.. so you always have to soak the beans even when using an insant pot.. sorry I’ve never cooked raw beans before thanks!!

    1. It’s pre-programmed to 30 mins. You don’t HAVE to soak the beans, you can do a quick soak method using the IP or you can cook them longer without soaking at all. I chose to soak because soaking removes some of the indigestible sugars that cause flatulence and bloating.

      1. Brittany, I believe Sue Harrold was asking for beans already soaked that comes in a can, not cooked beans. Cause those are the Obed i use when I have ni time to soak but I need to cook them.

  2. Hi! I really really liked this recipe, but my beans came out a bit undercooked. Would you recommend cooking the chili a few more minutes?

  3. 5 stars
    This was a winner with my kids and hubby! I didn’t have enough tomato sauce so I used the rest of the jar of pizza sauce and it turned out great! The kids gobbled it right up!

  4. 3 stars
    I love this recipe but 9/10 I get the burn warning 🙁 Haven’t figured out why. I even tried cooking the meat separately. When it does work it turns out great!

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