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A bowl of 5 ingredient chili, topped with cheese, jalapenos, and green onion

Instant Pot 5 Ingredient Chili

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cups of chili 1x


5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili. Pressure cooker chili with only 5 ingredients? Yes! Here is my weeknight meal in a hurry chili.



  • 1 pound dry kidney beans, sorted, rinsed, and soaked
  • 2 pounds ground beef (preferably 70/30 "ground beef" or 80/20 "ground chuck" lean-to-fat ratios)
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 4 cups store-bought beef broth or chicken broth (NOT low sodium)
  • 32 ounces salsa (mild, medium, or hot, depending on how hot you want the chili)

Suggested Toppings

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Minced green onions
  • Diced red onion
  • Pickled jalapeños

  • A bottle of hot sauce


  1. Sort and rinse the kidney beans: Sort the kidney beans, discarding any stones, dirt, or broken beans. Rinse the beans, then do an overnight or a quick soak.
  2. Overnight soak: Cover the kidney beans with 8 cups of water, and sprinkle with 1½ teaspoons of salt. Leave the beans to soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain and discard the soaking liquid.
  3. OR: Pressure Quick Soak for 1 minute with a 30-minute rest: Put the kidney beans and 8 cups of water in an Instant Pot or another pressure cooker. Sprinkle with 1½ teaspoons of salt. Pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute ("Manual" or "Pressure Cook" mode in an Instant Pot for 1 minute), then quick release the pressure. Let the beans soak in the pot for 30 minutes, then drain the beans and discard the soaking liquid.
  4. Sauté the Ground beef and chili powder: Set an Instant Pot to sauté mode adjusted to high (medium-high heat for other pressure cookers) and add the ground beef. Cook the ground beef, stirring and breaking it up until it loses its pink color, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the beef with the chili powder and stir until all the beef is coated with chili. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. to toast the chili powder.
  5. Everything in the pot: Pour in the beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure no bits of browned beef are sticking. Stir in the soaked beans and the salsa.
  6. Pressure cook for 15 minutes with a quick release: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes in an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker, or 12 minutes in a stovetop PC. (In an Instant Pot, use "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" or "Pressure Cook - Custom" mode set to high for 15 minutes). Quick release the pressure in the pot.
  7. Serve: Remove the pressure cooker lid – open it away from you to protect yourself from the hot steam. Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!


If you want to use a natural release, pressure cook on high pressure for 12 minutes, with at least a 15-minute natural release. (You can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes.)

  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot 5 Ingredient Chili, Pressure Cooker 5 Ingredient Chili