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Instant Pot Chipotle Beef Chili

This is a delicious yet easy chili, perfect for a cozy evening at home!

Course Chili, Instant Pot, Main Course, main dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beef chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 350 kcal
Author With Two Spoons


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 carrots finely diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 onion diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers chopped
  • 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can of kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounce can of pinto beans
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons masa flour
  • For garnish: sour cream cilantro, lime slices, shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute function. Saute carrots for 1 minute. Add ground beef and saute until no pink visible. Add onions and saute until translucent. Add garlic, saute for another 30 seconds. Drain any additional grease as necessary.

  2. Add cumin, chili pepper, salt and chopped chipotle pepper. Stir. Turn off saute function on Instant Pot.

  3. Add tomatoes, all of the beans, and 1 cup of water. Secure lid of Instant Pot and check to make sure valve is set to sealing. Set Instant Pot to manual for 15 minutes. Natural pressure release for 5 minutes and then manually release.
  4. In a small bowl combine 2 Tablespoons masa flour with ½ cup of water to form a slurry. Drizzle slurry into chili and stir to thicken.
  5. Ladle chili into bowl and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have an Instant Pot, don't fret (although you may want to consider buying one!).  I've been making this chipotle beef chili on the stovetop for years.  Use a dutch oven, saute the carrots, beef and onions.  (Drain if there is any excess grease).  Add spices.  Add tomatoes and beans.  Simmer for 40 minutes-1 hour.  Stir in masa flour slurry.  Garnish and serve!  

This recipe is a little spicy.  My kids will eat it (for reference) but if you have spice adverse eaters, you can decrease the Chili Powder to 2 teaspoons and use only 1 chipotle pepper.  Love spice?  Go with the full tablespoon of chili powder and feel free to add as many chipotle peppers as you can handle!