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Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Instant Pot Chilli Con Carne

This recipe shows you how to make Instant Pot Chili Con Carne. Chili con carne (or chilli con carne) is a Tex-Mex inspired dish that, as the name describes, contains meat and chilli. Traditionally it would be made with beef chuck, but this recipe calls for ground beef mince.

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Ready to cook in the Instant Pot


Is Chili Con Carne a Mexican Dish?

This appears to be a hot discussion point. This recipe uses beans, which for some reason you will probably not find in a Texan chili con carne. 

I personally consider this a bit strange when you think that beans are pretty much a staple part of Mexican food, much like they are in Brazilian cooking.

So for those who claim that chili con carne is a Texan dish, you must remember that, even though Texas was not Mexican for very long, Texas WAS Mexican before it became part of the USA in 1845.

instant pot chilli
After pressure cooking, adjusting the taste to suit with seasoning

They may not have had the Instant Pot back then, but I am pretty sure they did eat beans in Mexico back then too.

Not wanting to start a riot, but I’ll just leave that thought there 😉

How to make Chili con Carne

There are of course many different ways to make chilli. Chilli con carne is eaten in different forms all over the world using different ingredients. This recipe I think is one of the simplest and I think one of the best.   

instant pot chili con carne

I have a different recipe for chili con carne which I make on the hob. I make this when we have a lot of visitors (not lately in these pandemic times, alas).

It includes sweet corn and sweet peppers, and even though perhaps not so traditional, it is great as a party meal as you can just make a huge amount in a large pot, very easily.

This makes it perfect as a meal that people can self-serve with some garlic bread, white rice or nachos.

This Instant Pot recipe, however, is limited by the size of your Instant Pot, and has more of a traditional taste. I have eaten a pot of chili that tasted a lot like this on the road from Cancun to Tulum on the Yucatan peninsula, many years ago.

chilli con carne

The advantage of this recipe below, using the Instant Pot, is that once you have browned your meat and sauteed your onions and garlic, there is no more work involved. You can set the Instant Pot to work and relax, as with many Instant Pot recipes.

No stirring is needed, which is not the case when you are cooking on the hob.

What to serve with Chilli con Carne

Well, really that is up to you and depends on the situation. When I made this meal, the first day we ate it together with just some boiled white rice.

We kept the calories down by not making it that spicy. This makes a fairly healthy chilli con carne, as you do not need any crème fraîche or sour cream to cool it down. 

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The cheese beginning to melt. Yummy

On day two we ate together with some tortilla chips, like Doritos. On day three I heated some nachos with some grated cheese (never mind the calories then!) and we ate with that. Wonderful – three separate ways of eating the same meal, and all just as tasty.

It is also a gluten-free chilli con carne as long as you eat it with corn tortillas.

chilli with nachos
Chilli with nachos and melted cheese

I just kept the chili con carne covered in the fridge in the Instant Pot bowl and reheated the amounts I needed in the microwave. Easy peasy.

You can also just serve it up on its own, or with some garlic bread, or even some guacamole and a green salad. It is a very versatile recipe with plenty of options.

How to make my chilli spicy

And you can of course make your chilli as spicy as you wish. To change the hotness of the dish, experiment using different types of chilli pepper or adding more chilli powder.

I only used a relatively feeble Jalapeno pepper and a bird’s eye chilli in this dish, so it was not too hot. But try it with a habanero or scorpion pepper and you will definitely need some crème fraîche and a bottle of Corona beer to wash it down when you eat it!

instant pot chili con carne
Instant Pot Chili con Carne

I hope you enjoy making this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

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Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 53 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This easy recipe will give you a delicious chili con carne made in the Instant Pot. A wonderful dish that can be eaten in many different ways. Make it as spicy as you want.


  • 1 kg ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp powdered cumin
  • 1 tsp hot chili powder (or more if you like it hot)
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 2 x 400g tins red kidney beans
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tomato passata
  • 1 hot chilli pepper, sliced (I used a jalapeno and bird's eye chilli here)
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

To Taste

  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

To garnish

  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Creme fraiche or sour cream


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to the sauté setting and brown the beef mince until fully browned (about 15 minutes).
  2. In the meantime strain and rinse the beans in a colander and remove to a plate. Add the passata and chopped tomatoes to a bowl.
  3. When it is browned remove the beef from the pan. If you use high-fat % beef you should then strain the meat in the same colander, discarding the fat juice.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and sauté for another 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cumin and the chilli powder at this stage. Use the amount of chilli powder you use to control the heat of the dish.
  5. Then use the beef stock to deglaze the pot and then add the minced beef back into the pot. Turn off the sauté setting on the Instant Pot and add the beans, soy sauce and sliced chilli pepper to the mince, mixing well.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and then add the tomatoes and tomato passata to the top of the mince, without stirring.
  7. Close the Instant Pot and cook for 20 minutes on the high-pressure setting (it took mine 15 minutes to get to pressure, so this may take 35 minutes).
  8. When the cooking cycle has finished, carefully remove the pressure using the steam release valve and remove the lid of the Instant Pot.
  9. Stir and taste the sauce. Then use the salt, ground black pepper, brown sugar and cider vinegar to adjust the sauce to your taste. If you want to make it spicier then add some more chilli powder or extra chillies.


Garnish with some grated cheddar cheese or some creme fraiche or sour cream. Use the latter to cool it down if it is very spicy.

This is delicious served with white rice or with nachos.

These amounts were enough to feed the three of us for 3 consecutive days, so about 9 helpings.

This recipe is great kept in the fridge and reheated in the microwave.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 541Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 44g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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