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Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Three Bean Chili Recipe

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!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Chili, Instant Pot Three Bean Chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 448 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 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


  1. Turn on Saute on your Instant Pot and select High temperature, wait for the display to read Hot.
  2. Add olive oil and then saute the onion in it for about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the ground beef, and cook for about 6-7 minutes until no longer pink, breaking it with a wooden spoon.
  4. Drain the fat and add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, stir well while cooking for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Stir well.
  6. Bring the liquid to a low boil.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Open the lid and gently stir the chili.
  10. If you prefer the chili thicker: turn on the Sauté function, use the 'adjust' button to turn it the medium heat setting.
  11. 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.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Serve hot with favorite toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Three Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 1741mg76%
Potassium 1673mg48%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 1280IU26%
Vitamin C 17.2mg21%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 10.4mg58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.