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Southwestern Instant Pot Chili

This hearty, southwestern chili is easy to whip up using an Instant Pot.  Only 15 minutes cooking time with a natural release producing a chili that tastes like it cooked all day long!  

Note: the time for the Instant Pot to come to full pressure is not included in the cooking time.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot chili, southwestern chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 241 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 tablespoon Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 large Yellow Onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 large Bell Pepper cored, seeded and chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 pound Ground Beef (85%)
  • 1 15-ounce can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 10-ounce can Rotel Chipotle Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies & Chipotle Peppers*
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn (doesn't need to be thawed)
  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (not hot, regular smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 cup Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • Instant Pot (6 quarts)


  1. Set the Instant Pot on Saute.  When the insert is hot, add the oil.  

  2. When the top is shimmering add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.

  3. Add the group beef, breaking it into small pieces as it sautes. Saute until no pink remains on the meat. 

  4. Select the Keep Warm setting while adding the rest of the ingredients.  Stir well to combine.  

  5. Place the top on the Instant Pot, seal (ensure the release valve is set to Sealing) and select Manual. Cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes and then allow naturally release. When the pressure has fully released, serve!

Recipe Notes

*if Rotel with Chipotle and Green Chilies is not available in your area, use:

  • a 10-ounce can of diced tomatoes (can be fire-roasted),
  • a 4 ounce can (drained) of mild green chilies, and
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce.  

If you like it spicy, cut up a canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce and add that too!

If using an 8 quart Instant Pot: increase the chicken stock to 1 1/2 cups and leave the follow the other instructions per the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Instant Pot Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1115IU22%
Vitamin C 38.6mg47%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.