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Instant Pot Three Bean Chili

Instant Pot Three Bean Chili is flavorful and very easy to make in the pressure cooker. This is one of the best comfort meal you can have in less than 30 minutes!

We love a good chili recipe especially during this time of the year. Enjoy it as is, or with some corn on the cob, rice, or fried chicken.

Easy Instant Pot Three Bean Chili Recipe

It’s all about chili today, and this recipe is one that we make over and over again. It took us a few trials to perfect this Instant Pot Three Bean Chili recipe, and this is finally it. We really love it a lot, and it is one of our favorite chili recipes. Plus the fact that it is made in the pressure cooker at a fraction of the time, adds some bonus to it!

This three-bean version is hearty, filling, and super delicious. In addition, it has plenty of proteins and can be made in various combinations. So you can add or skip ingredients as you like. We love this dish with ground beef, but it can easily be made vegetarian by skipping the meat.

Also, it’s easy to add more heat to it, like red chili flakes, minced habaneros, whatever you want to add. All is needed is a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes of your time, and you will end up with the best 3-bean chili recipe ever!

How to brown meat in an Instant Pot?

As noted above, we love this dish with ground beef. In addition, for a deeper flavor, we add some bacon to it. Whenever bacon is going in a dish we crisp it first, drain the fat, and leave the browned bits only.

  • Start by pressing the Saute button on your pressure cooker.
  • Then, add the chopped bacon, stirring occasionally until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and drain the fat. If not a bacon fan, skip this step.
  • Next, add the ground beef. Any kind is fine for chili since other flavors are in there, but there’s more flavor in an 80/20 versus the leaner option.
  • While the beef cooks, stir occasionally in order to crumble the meat instead of having big chunks. It only takes 3-5 minutes to cook it, just until no longer pink.

How to make slow cooker 3-Bean Chili?

Making it in the slow cooker is a perfect alternative because the crockpot cooks it for a longer period of time which results in a deep, rich, and flavorful dish.

  1. Start by cooking and stirring the beef in a large skillet until completely browned. About 5 to 7 minutes; transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker. 
  3. Cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 7 hours.

What types of beans are used in this chili recipe?

When making Instant Pot three-bean chili, we usually go with cannellini, pinto and kidney bean mix. However, this is totally optional and other kinds can be substituted as desired. We just like the flavor mix they bring and are usually sticking to these three.


In addition to the chili ingredients listed in this recipe, you may also want to have these things as toppings:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Crackers or oyster crackers
  • Croutons
  • Diced avocado
  • Jalapeno

HOW TO FREEZE Instant Pot three Bean CHILI?

This recipe is super easy to freeze as there isn’t any dairy or fibrous vegetables to mess with texture and flavor. First, make sure to cool it completely and store it in Ziplocs with all the air pressed out. Also, you could use an airtight container for freezing.

Store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, transfer to the fridge overnight so it is thawed the next day.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • We use a 6 QT Instant Pot, and we highly recommend it for cooking.
  • For more flavor, add bacon prior to sauteing the beef.
  • To make it vegetarian, skip the bacon and the beef altogether. Also, you can add extra beans in that case.
  • In addition, this recipe can be made with other meat types, such as ground turkey, chicken, or even lamb. The cooking time will remain the same.
  • If you want it a little thinner add an extra can of tomato sauce.
  • Also, for a spicier kick, add extra red pepper flakes or diced jalapeno to it.
  • Make sure that the bacon does not stick to the bottom of the pot and cause a burn notice. Therefore, stir occasionally and do not walk walked away and leave the meat to burn.

Instant Pot Three Bean Chili

Instant Pot Three Bean Chili is flavorful and very easy to make in the pressure cooker. This is one of the best comfort meal you can have in less than 30 minutes!

Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Three Bean Chili Recipe
  • Prep Time15 MIN
  • Cook Time45 MIN
  • Servings 6 bowls


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound 80 or 85% lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 15 ounces canned kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounces canned cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounces canned pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned sweet corn rinsed and drained


  • Turn on Saute on your Instant Pot and select High temperature, wait for the display to read Hot.
  • Add olive oil and then saute the onion in it for about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the ground beef, and cook for about 6-7 minutes until no longer pink, breaking it with a wooden spoon.
  • Drain the fat and add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, stir well while cooking for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Stir well.
  • Bring the liquid to a low boil.
  • Close the IP with the lid. Turn the steam release vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, set it to cook for 12 minutes at High Pressure.
  • When the cook time is up, allow the pressure to reduce on its own without opening the steam release vent for 15 minutes, this is called Natural Pressure Release. After 15 minutes gently release the rest of the pressure by opening the vent.
  • Open the lid and gently stir the chili.
  • If you prefer the chili thicker: turn on the Sauté function, use the 'adjust' button to turn it the medium heat setting.
  • In a small bowl mix cornstarch with water until dissolved and add it to the pot. Gently stir to combine and let it simmer for 5 minutes until it thickens.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with favorite toppings.

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Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Mmm! This looks so hearty and rich! I'm glad you included the slow cooker version! This would be perfect with cornbread!

Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

It looks really amazing!!

Jade Manning

Jade Manning

I love Chili, and beans, more the merrier... This looks delicious!!

Melanie Bauer

Melanie Bauer

Looks spectacular! So tasty and packed with flavors can't wait to give this a try!

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