Chili Con Carne Recipe (Instant Pot)

This chili con carne recipe

As I write this, I’m sitting in 109 degree weather. And the real zinger is, it’s gonna shoot up to 114 F. tomorrow! But somehow, I thought it would be a bright idea to make chili. So I got all the ingredients home and then thought about how I really didn’t want to heat up my kitchen.

Enter the Instant Pot (IP from here on forward).

Don’t worry, if you don’t have one, I’ll give you directions for slow cooker and stove top cooking below as well. But at 108 F., I wasn’t about to cook on my stove top.

Clean Eating Chili Con Carne Recipe

That being said, I did have to warm things up a tiny bit just because you do have to saute the veggies and brown the meat so you don’t end up with a big lump of meatloaf-ish gruel. But I was happy to just do a bit of sautéing and browning right in the IP. My kitchen didn’t overheat and I still got the job done. I’ll take it!

If I’m being totally honest, I will confess that I used 1 lb. of ground chuck and 1 lb. of ground pork just because I’m not a huge beef fan. But if beef is your “thang” (no, I didn’t misspell that…), then follow the recipe with 2 lbs. of beef.

This is lovely served with some clean eating corn bread or just some biscuits on the side. It’s a fabulous recipe for fall…. if fall ever arrives here in northern California…

Clean Eating Chili Con Carne Recipe In Bowl

P.S. – This freezes well and is great served with some raw onion and avocado sprinkled over the top. Yum!!


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Clean Eating Chili Con Carne Recipe

Instant Pot Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne is a classic dish you'll make again and again. It's super easy and super delicious!
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Course: Chili
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 cups (approximate)
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. oil (plus extra if needed for cooking)
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans, no sugar added
  • 28 oz. can stewed tomatoes, no sugar added


  • Place the chopped onions and bell peppers in the IP with the oil and press the Sauté button. Stir occasionally, cooking until the peppers begin to look a bit wilted.
  • Add in the meat, and stir to break up. Continue cooking until the meat is just browned enough to no longer stick together.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and press "Cancel" on the IP.
  • Put the lid on the IP, close the valve and press the "Manual" button. Adjust the time to 15 minutes.
  • When done, do a natural release. 
  • Season with salt and pepper as needed and serve chili with corn bread or biscuits.
  • Follow steps one and two, but in a skillet.
  • Transfer that to your slow cooker, add in the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • Follow steps one and two, then transfer that to a soup pot and add the remaining ingredients.
  • Cook over medium heat until the meat and vegetables are fully cooked.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1645IU | Vitamin C: 45.8mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 6.3mg


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  1. Autumn Johns says:

    Ok, your recipe doesn’t list tomatoes as an ingredient, but there appears to be tomatoes in the chili pictured? Am I missing something?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Autumn – My apologies! It’s been fixed.

  2. 2 stars
    It’s good/okay… but mine looks nothing like the photos! There’s gotta be more to it than just stewed tomatoes because stewed tomatoes are basically just chopped plum tomatoes in a can. There’s more liquid shown here in the dish than what I ended up with.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chi – I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Honestly, that’s all I put in mine. It’s possible the meat I used had more water in it than yours did. That’s the only difference I can think of. Did you cook it in an Instant Pot? On the stove?