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Instant Pot Steak Chili

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts of chili 1x


Instant Pot Steak Chili. Pressure cooker chili, made with bite-sized cubes of chuck, ready in about an hour thanks to pressure cooking. Adapted from Game Day Steak Chili, Chef Michael Ollier,


  • 3 pounds chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth or water (homemade is best, but expensive)
  • 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 2 cups homemade beans)
  • 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 28-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • ½ to teaspoons fine sea salt (depending on the beef broth)

Cornstarch slurry (optional)

  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Toppings (optional)

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced scallions
  • sour cream


  1. Sear the beef in three batches: Heat the vegetable oil in the Instant Pot over Sauté mode set to high until the oil shimmers (medium-high heat in a stovetop pressure cooker). While the oil heats, sprinkle the beef cubes with 1½ teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Add a third of the beef in a loose single layer and sear until well browned on one side, about 3 minutes. (Don’t crowd the pot or the beef will steam, not brown). Transfer the browned beef to a bowl, add half of the remaining beef to the pot, and sear until browned on one side, about 3 more minutes. Transfer the browned beef to the bowl. Add the rest of the beef to the pot and sear until browned on one side, about 3 more minutes. Transfer the browned beef to the bowl.
  2. Sauté the aromatics, toast the spices, deglaze the pan with broth: Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño to the pot, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sauté until the onions soften, about 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot occasionally to loosen any browned bits of beef. Make a hole in the middle of the onions and add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and brown sugar. Cook for one minute, or until you smell the chili powder toasting, then stir the spices into the onions. Add the beef broth to the pot, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 1 minute. Scrape the bottom of the pot again to release any browned onions or spices.
  3. Stir everything into the pot: Add the beef and any juices in the bowl to the Instant Pot, then stir to coat the beef with the spices. Stir in the black beans, chopped green chilies, and diced tomatoes.
  4. Pressure cook for 12 minutes with a natural release: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 12 minutes in an electric pressure cooker (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), or for 10 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 30 more minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes.) Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to avoid the hot steam.
  5. Season, thicken, and serve: If you used store-bought beef broth, add ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt; if you used homemade beef broth or water, add 1½ teaspoons of fine sea salt. Whisk the water into the cornstarch to make a cornstarch slurry, and then stir the slurry into the chili to thicken. Serve and enjoy!


Bottom Round is also a good cut of beef for this recipe; it cooks the same as chuck roast.

If you have the patience to cut ½-inch cubes, or can get your butcher to do the work, cut the cooking time to 10 minutes at high pressure; everything else is the same.

Don’t want beans? That’s OK. You can leave them out. Want more beans, like my bean-loving son? Go ahead and throw in another can or two. I’m easy.

Want to use dry beans? Sort, rinse, and soak 1 cup of black beans overnight, and increase the amount of beef broth to 2 cups. The rest of the recipe stays the same, including the cooking time.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Steak Chili, Pressure Cooker Steak Chili,