Instant Pot No-Bean Chili with Ground Beef Recipe (2024)

Filled with veggies, our Instant Pot no-bean chili with ground beef is a perfect family recipe. Even though this is a no bean chili recipe, it is still hearty and delicious as ever!

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We are so excited to introduce you to our new Instant Pot no-bean chili with ground beef recipe. Since it is filled with veggies and beef, this is a great low carb recipe that you can enjoy without compromising on flavor!

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I promise you this Instant Pot chili recipe will be on repeat in my kitchen, especially as the fall weather continues to roll in over the next month. After a few bites of this delicious chili recipe, you won’t even remember that you are missing out on the beans, and you were even able to sneak in some extra vegetables for those that don’t love them.

When you make the chili in the Instant Pot you can skip the wait time to develop all of those wonderful chili flavors and get right to the good stuff. It is a great recipe to feed a crowd or a larger family, but also is wonderful as leftovers too!

Some of my favorite recipes to serve with this Instant Pot chili con carne is our easy homemade cornbread or our copycat Famous Dave’s cornbread muffins recipe. If you aren’t a huge fan of cornbread then our 30 minute homemade rolls or easy homemade rolls recipes are great options to serve with this no-bean chili recipe too!

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Ingredients You Need to Make Our Instant Pot No-Bean Chili with Ground Beef Recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Diced onion
  • Diced red bell pepper
  • Diced green bell pepper
  • Diced celery
  • Minced garlic
  • Lean ground beef
  • Diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chile powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Oregano
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili toppings

How To Make Our Instant Pot No-Bean Chili with Ground Beef Recipe:

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Get out your Instant Pot and let’s get started.

Plug in the Instant Pot and press the SAUTE button.

Once the screen reads HOT, add in the olive oil.

After a minute or so, add in the diced onions, red and green bell peppers, celery, and minced garlic to the pot and saute it all together for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables start to become tender.

Next, add in the lean ground beef and cook it along with the veggies until it browns all the way. This should take about 5-7 minutes.

After the meat is cooked, scrape down the bottom of the pan well with a wooden spoon to make sure there are no burnt pieces stuck to the bottom (this could end up turning off the Instant Pot and give you the BURN notice).

Now, add in the diced tomatoes (the whole can, do not drain the juice), tomato sauce, chile powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground cumin, oregano, granulated sugar, a dash of cayenne pepper, and then sprinkle in some salt and pepper.

Once everything is in the Instant Pot, place the lid on and lock it into place, making sure the valve is in the SEALING position.

Next, press the PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL button and set the timer for 12 minutes.

COOKING NOTE: Remember that while the meal will cook for 12 minutes, after the Instant Pot comes to pressure, which can take about 10-15 minutes.

After the Instant Pot timer is done, you can either do a quick release of the pressure or let it sit on warm until you are ready to serve. Just depends on when you need it.

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If you let it sit, the flavors will only get better!

When you are ready to eat, remove the lid, and then scoop and serve the chili with your favorite toppings and sides.

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  2. Can opener
  3. Wooden spoon
  4. Spatula

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Are Paprika and Smoked Paprika the Same Thing?

Technically, no they are not the same thing. However, they can be substituted for one another.

MasterClass has a great article about paprika vs. smoked paprika to give you the breakdown of how they are different.

But, if you don’t happen to have smoked paprika in your house, feel free to use paprika instead of running to the store for smoked paprika, it will still taste just as wonderful!

Toppings to Serve with No-Bean Chili

You can eat chili plain or doll it up with all the toppings! I prefer it with all the toppings (aka tons of cheese). Hahaha!

Here are some of our favorite toppings to serve with chili:

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Diced green onions
  • Fritos corn chip
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado

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Start Practicing for the Next Chili Cookoff with These Delicious Recipes!

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  4. Grandma’s Corn Pudding Casserole Recipe
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Serves: 6

Instant Pot No-Bean Chili with Ground Beef Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Filled with veggies, our Instant Pot no-bean chili with ground beef is a perfect family recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Pressurize Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 45 minutes mins



  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • pounds lean ground beef
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes undrained, 2 (14 ounce cans)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • Tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Favorite chili toppings for serving (sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, diced green onions, Fritos corn chips)


  • Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot. When the pot is warm, add oil.

  • Add in the onion, bell peppers, celery, and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables start to turn tender.

  • Add in the ground beef and cook until it browns (about 5 minutes).

  • Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to make sure there are no burnt pieces on the bottom of the pot (so that you don't get the "BURN" notice).

  • Add in the remaining ingredients and place the lid on the Instant Pot.

  • Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set timer for 12 minutes. Remember that it will take about 10-15 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.

  • When the timer is done, you can do a quick release of the pressure (or you can let this sit on "Keep Warm" all day long and really let those flavors meld together!).

  • Remove lid, stir together, and serve with your favorite chili toppings.


COOKING NOTE: Remember that while the meal will cook for 12 minutes, after the Instant Pot comes to pressure, which can take about 10-15 minutes.


Calories: 239 kcal · Carbohydrates: 14 g · Protein: 27 g · Fat: 9 g · Saturated Fat: 3 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g · Trans Fat: 0.4 g · Cholesterol: 70 mg · Sodium: 305 mg · Potassium: 935 mg · Fiber: 4 g · Sugar: 7 g · Vitamin A: 1904 IU · Vitamin C: 58 mg · Calcium: 81 mg · Iron: 5 mg


  • Instant Pot

  • Can Opener

  • Wooden Spoon

  • spatula

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course, Soup

Cuisine: American

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  1. Ana says:

    I noticed there's no beef broth/stock or even water in the ingredients compared to similar recipes. Doesn't it need some type of liquid in order to pressure cook?

  2. Momma Cyd says:

    The tomatoes are not drained, and you have the tomato sauce. You could easily add in beef broth if you feel it needs more liquid.

  3. Ana says:

    Just wanted to say I made it yesterday & it was delicious. You were right, the tomatoes & the tomato sauce were more than enough & I didn't need to add any additional liquid to it. Thank you!! :)

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Instant Pot No-Bean Chili with Ground Beef Recipe (2024)


What if i don t have a chili bean setting on my instant pot? ›

Turn the instant pot to chili (if you don't have a "chili" setting, use the "manual" setting) and cook for 18-20 minutes*. Allow pressure to release for 10-15 minutes or quick release with the vent. Serve with limes, sour cream, cheese, and a little bacon!

Is chili better on stove or instant pot? ›

Our testers really liked the stovetop method because of its consistency. Being on the stove allowed for it to really thicken and for the spices and flavors to meld together well.

Can you overcook ground beef in chili? ›

When cooked to the point of most water evaporating, the batch of beef will be unpleasantly overdone.

What can you put in chili besides beans? ›

You can add meat to that recipe for sure. What else can you put in your chili besides meat? Chopped sweet onion, diced bell peppers (any color), cocoa powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt, cracked black pepper, minced garlic, crushed tomatoes, cumin, smoked paprika, and a dash of brown sugar.

How does the chili setting on Instant Pot work? ›

What Is the Instant Pot Chili/Bean Setting? The bean/chili setting on the Instant Pot cooks at high pressure and can be set to "more," which is 30 minutes, or "less," which will cook for 25 minutes. You may choose the bean/chili setting and do a quick release after 15 minutes.

Why does chili burn in Instant Pot? ›

An improperly sealed lid can cause the Instant Pot to just cook and cook your contents as it attempts to reach pressure. This will lead to scorching and then a burn notice. Make sure that you're using enough liquid.

Do professional chefs use Instant Pot? ›

They are most commonly used in industrial settings to quickly prepare meat or stocks. However, in most scenarios, Elite Chefs avoid using pressure cookers because they provide less control over the final dish. Chefs often prefer slow cooking techniques that accentuate and pull out the flavors of the food.

Which is better Instant Pot or pressure cooker? ›

If you're a tech-savvy home chef looking for versatility and convenience, the Instant Pot might be your ideal match. However, if you value time-tested reliability, durability, and a focus on the art of pressure cooking, a classic pressure cooker could be your perfect culinary companion.

Is Instant Pot just as good as slow cooker? ›

If you are interested primarily in slow cooking, you should buy a dedicated slow cooker. They're more reliable with a range of slow-cooker recipes than an Instant Pot. We found Instant Pot multicookers specifically could not successfully slow-cook dense, high-volume recipes such as beef stew or pot roast.

Do you cook onions or meat first for chili? ›

In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and add the onions, garlic, and red pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the beef and increase the heat to high. Cook, stirring with wooden spoon to break up the meat, until the beef is browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

Should you saute onions for chili? ›

Sautéing onions, garlic, and other veggies first coaxes maximum flavor out of them. So make sure your onions, for example, are soft and translucent before you add your liquid.

What happens if you don't brown meat for chili? ›

For those with this question in the future, the answer summed up: browning adds more flavor. Not browning the beef beforehand results in greasy chili and boiled mushy yucky beef.

What is chili called without beans? ›

Commercial chili prepared without beans is usually called "chili no beans" in the United States.

What beans taste the best in chili? ›

The best beans for chili are pinto, kidney, and black beans, like in this easy and tasty recipe. This 3-bean chili freezes great for meals later in the week. If you prefer thinner chili, add an extra can of tomato sauce. The green chiles are not hot and add a wonderful flavor, so don't be afraid to use them.

Is chili better without beans? ›

The comparison can (and has) been made that chili without beans is really just a meat sauce, like a spicier Italian-style sauce you would serve over spaghetti. Chili with beans is much more substantial and can stand better by itself, some say.

What setting do I use on my Instant Pot for beans? ›

Use Your Instant Pot to Soak Beans

Simply fill up the Instant Pot with the amount of beans you want to cook; add the appropriate amount of water and salt. Select the Pressure Cook setting at high pressure and the appropriate cook time for soaked beans.

What button on Instant Pot for beans? ›

Select the Bean/Chili button. The default setting is pre-programmed to set the pot to cook at High pressure for 30 minutes. If you press the button again, you can adjust the mode from Normal to Less or More (this simply changes the cooking time).

Can I pressure can beans in my Instant Pot? ›

They acknowledge that instant pots are unsafe for pressure canning (as of 2023). While instant pots can be used for water bath canning, which can preserve high-acid foods like jams, jellies, fruit, and pickles, they cannot be used as a pressure canner to preserve low-acid foods like meat, vegetables, and soups.

Why are my beans not cooked in Instant Pot? ›

If your beans aren't quite done, here's what to do: Put the lid back on the pressure cooker and make sure the release valve is set back to "sealing." Cook at high pressure for another 5 to 10 minutes (depending on if you think your beans need just a little more time or a little more time to finish).


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