The Best Instant Pot Classic Ground Beef Chili recipe is healthy, quick, and most importantly, delicious! Perfect for cold or busy nights, your family will love this 30 minute meal made entirely in the Instant Pot. If you need ground beef dinner ideas, an easy chili recipe is always a great go to!

Instant Pot Classic Beef Chili, an easy comfort food recipe for the Instant Pot!

The Best Instant Pot Classic Ground Beef Chili is the only chili recipe you will need all season long!

The Instant Pot has made my life infinitely better. I am not exaggerating. I no longer have to stress about dinner when I have completely forgotten about it until 4 pm. I know I’m a food blogger, and I should have dinner on the brain at all times, but sometimes the hours just slip away from me! Chili tastes so good when it is simmered in a large dutch oven for hours, but the Instant Pot cooks this chili in only 15 minutes! And it tastes like it has been bubbling away on the stove top or crock pot all day long!

Everyone has their own version of class beef chili, but the version I am sharing here today is your basic ground beef chili, but lightened up. You get all the flavor of chili, but without a ton of calories or fat! It is also packed with beans, so you are getting a ton of protein and fiber! Healthy, but delicious dinners are definitely the best and I always find myself craving a bowl of this Instant Pot beef chili!

Ground Beef Chili made into a 30 minute meal in the Instant Pot

Chili is an absolute family favorite, so I know that everyone will eat their dinner without complaints when I serve this easy chili recipe. Isn’t that the best type of dinner? The spices are mild in this recipe because I have kiddos eating, but you can definitely spice it up! I love adding a dash or two of hot sauce to my bowl!

Classic Ground Beef Chili, made in the Instant Pot!

What to serve with chili?

I know most people serve rice with their chili, but we like to eat our chili over noodles. I love to use elbows or shells, so the tomatoey goodness gets all sucked up in the noodles! So comforting and so good! If you have never tried chili with noodles, definitely give it a shot and let me know how you like it! You can also serve dinner rolls, biscuits, or crescent rolls!

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Instant Pot Classic Ground Beef Chili

This easy Ground Beef Chili recipe gets dinner on the table in under 30 minutes! This is my go to Instant Pot Recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup water/chicken broth/beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with or without green chiles
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 4 oz can green chiles, fresh or canned
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 2 10 oz cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 10 oz can black or pinto beans, drained
  • 3 heaping tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp canola oil


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute function. Once the screen says HOT add your oil. After 1 minute, add the ground beef. Cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks.

  2. Once meat is completely browned, add the cup of water or broth and stir all beef off the bottom. Then, add all remaining ingredients, except for the spices. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients. Make sure to scrape all the beef off the bottom of the pot to prevent burning. 

  3. Add  the spices, reserving half the salt. Stir well. Put lid on the Instant Pot and turn the seal to sealed. Cancel the saute function and switch it to manual. Set the timer for 25 minutes. Let come to pressure and cook. Once timer beeps, do a quick release.

  4. Remove lid and stir chili. Taste and add additional spices, including salt, if necessary. Let the chili sit for about 10 minutes as it will be boiling hot after cooking. As it sits, it will help thicken. Serve over noodles or rice.

Instant Pot Classic Ground Beef Chili Recipe


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13 thoughts on “The Best Instant Pot Classic Ground Beef Chili

  1. Your chili recipe sounds delicious and I’d love to try it! It says to set to “manual” but is that low or high pressure?

    1. Hi Amber! My Instant Pot doesn’t have that option, just the manual button, but I am going to assume that it is high pressure!

    2. Did you try this? I did high and my pot pressure wouldn’t build up and went to BURN instead due to the thickness of the chili.

      1. Oh no! I make this monthly and have never had a burn issue. I actually just made it again last night. Try adding a little more water and making sure you stir really well to remove all of the ground beef from the bottom before turning on the pressure. Let me know if that helps!

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