Quick Taco-Style Chili

Quick Taco-Style Chili
Prep Time
45 min
6 servings

We’re going to make chili quickly here, which means we’re not even going to wait for the beans to cook in the Instant Pot. These recipes use beans that are already cooked, whether from your Instant Pot the day before or from a can. Either way, pressure-cooking the chili produces a slow-cooked taste in a fraction of the time.



Tbsp neutral-flavored vegetable oil, such as canola or peanut
medium green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
medium white or yellow onion, chopped
large stalks celery, leaves discarded, chopped
clove garlic, finely chopped
lb(s) ground turkey or beef
pkg (1 oz) taco seasoning mix (see note below)
Tbsp tomato paste
can (14 1⁄2 oz) diced tomatoes with their juices
can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small cubes of avocado, for garnish
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


Step 1

Press Sauté and select the middle temperature. Place the vegetable oil in the inner pot, wait about 1 minute for the oil to warm, then add the bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook with the lid off, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Add the turkey and cook, stirring occasionally to break it up into small pieces, until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add the taco seasoning, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes, stirring to combine.

Step 4

Close and lock the lid. Set the valve to Sealing. Press Cancel, then select High Pressure. Set the time to 20 minutes.

Step 5

When the cooking cycle ends, carefully use a wooden spoon to release the pressure.

Step 6

Press Cancel and remove the lid. Add the beans, stirring to distribute them evenly, then close and lock the lid to allow the residual heat to warm the beans, about 5 minutes.

Step 7

Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed. Serve the chili hot, garnished with the avocado and cilantro.

Step 8

Quick Taco-Style Chili will keep, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Step 9

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