Pressure cooker, Weeknight dinner
comments 2

Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde

A bowl of green pork chili, with sliced jalapenos, and an Instant Pot in the background
Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde

Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde. Green ground pork chili, with dried pinto beans, ready in under an hour thanks to pressure cooking and jarred Salsa Verde.

Brisk fall days make me think of chili. Every year I hold a potluck Chili Fest at work, and this year’s is going to be interesting, thanks to 2020 and social distancing. (I think I’m going to do a Zoom Chili Fest, with everyone sharing their bowl of chili in a massive conference call. Chili in front of my computer – what could go wrong?)

This is a variation on my quick pork chili, leaning into green ingredients. It’s also a streamlined version of my real deal chili verde, substituting ground pork and jarred salsa verde instead of homemade. It’s a little milder than both of those chilis; I counted on the store-bought Salsa Verde to bring the heat and…even though it said “Medium heat”, it was pretty low wattage. The chili tasted great, though, and a few dashes of green habanero hot sauce took care of my need for extra heat.

The only trick to this recipe is remembering to sort, rinse, and soak the dried pinto beans ahead of time. Which…I’m not good at. That’s why I have the quick soak method, for when I say “Oh, darn it, I forgot to soak the beans. Again.”

Recipe: Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
A bowl of green pork chili, with sliced jalapenos, and an Instant Pot in the background

Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 cups of chili 1x


Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde. Green ground pork chili, with dried pinto beans, ready in under an hour thanks to pressure cooking and jarred Salsa Verde.



Soaked Beans

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water (preferably homemade broth, or store-bought low sodium broth) 
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (if using homemade broth or water)
  • 8 ounces canned diced green chiles
  • 32 ounces store-bought Salsa Verde or tomatillo salsa
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Sort and rinse the beans: Spread the beans out on a rimmed baking sheet and discard any stones, dirt, or broken beans. Rinse the beans, then do an overnight soak or a quick soak.
  2. Overnight soak: Cover the beans with the 8 cups of water and add the 1 tablespoon of salt. Leave the beans to soak at least 8 hours, or overnight. Drain the beans and discard the soaking liquid.
  3. OR: Pressure Quick Soak for 1 minute with a 30-minute Natural Release: Put the beans, 8 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of salt in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), then let the pressure come down naturally for a full 30 minutes. (Quick release any pressure remaining after 30 minutes, but let the beans rest for the full 30 minutes, even if the pressure releases itself earlier.) Drain the beans and discard the soaking liquid.
  4. Sauté the aromatics and spices: Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode adjusted to high (medium-high heat in a stovetop PC). Add the vegetable oil and heat until shimmering, about 3 minutes. Stir in the onions and garlic, then sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon salt. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Make a hole in the center of the onions and add the cumin, coriander, and oregano. Toast for 1 minute, then stir the spices into the onions.
  5. Start the pork, then everything in the pot: Add the ground pork to the pot, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, then stir the pork into the onions. Cook, stirring and breaking up the pork, until the pork loses its pink color, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth (and ½ teaspoon salt if using homemade broth) and stir, scraping the bottom to loosen any browned pork, onions, or spices. Stir the drained pinto beans into the pot, then stir in the diced chilies and all the salsa verde.
  6. Pressure Cook for 20 minutes with a Quick Release: Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 20 minutes (Use “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), or for 18 minutes if using a stovetop pressure cooker. Quick release the pressure.
  7. Serve: Carefully remove the lid, tilting it away from you to avoid the hot steam. Stir in the brown sugar and fresh ground black pepper. Ladle into bowls, add your favorite chili toppings (mine are sliced jalapeños, sour cream, diced onions, Fritos, and shredded cheese). Serve and enjoy!


  • The heat level of this chili depends on the heat level of the jarred salsa. If you need more heat, add a minced jalapeño (or a couple of minced serranos) with the onions and garlic.


  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Quick Chili Verde, Pressure Cooker Quick Chili Verde, Instant Pot Ground Pork Chili Verde

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

Pressure Cooker Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)
Instant Pot Ground Pork and Bean Chili
Instant Pot Steak Chili
My other Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker Recipes

Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from through the links on this site. Thank you.

Sharing is caring!

Filed under: Pressure cooker, Weeknight dinner


Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Logan says

    This might be my favorite one yet!! My store did not have ground pork (so definitely will be making again to compare), but the diced pork I used was excellent as well. Lots of flavor, tender meat and beans, absolutely perfect for the 5°F weather tonight.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.