Instant Pot Turkey Chili

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Instant Pot Turkey Chili is one of our favorite fall recipes to make. It’s packed with ground turkey, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and spices and is such a filling and warming meal.

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A bowl of turkey chili
 

This turkey chili is a hit at our house. We like to use ground turkey in our chili to avoid using beef. It’s a great way to be good to the planet and still enjoy a delicious bowl of chili.

You can add any extra spices or different beans, or extra veggies that you like to make this turkey chili your own. It’s quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot, so we’re sure you’ll go back to it again and again.

Ingredients You Will Need

Ingredients for Instant Pot turkey chili
  • Ground turkey – I prefer using ground turkey in recipes. You can still get a robust flavor in this chili using turkey instead of beef.
  • Onion, celery and green bell pepper – This combination is known as the Holy Trinity of cooking. It’s made with equal parts onion, celery, and green bell pepper. 
  • Canned tomatoes – Use crushed tomatoes in a can with no added preservatives of sugar. I prefer Cento San Marzano brand, but you can use any brand you like.
  • Tomato paste – The paste helps thicken the chili and adds a robust flavor.
  • Beans – I like to add pinto beans to this chili for extra protein. You can leave out the beans if you want a low-carb version, or substitute with Great Northern Beans, cannellini beans or any other typ e you prefer.
  • Spices – chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

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How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Turn on sauté mode on the Instant Pot. Heat the oil in the pot, then add the turkey. Crumble the turkey with a spatula as it cooks. Once the turkey is browned, mix in the chili powder, cumin, granulated garlic, salt, and black pepper. Stir well.

ground turkey in the Instant Pot

Add in the peppers, onion, and celery. Cook for an additional 2 minutes on low heat, to soften the veggies.

Turkey and veggies sautéed in the Instant Pot

Add in the crushed tomatoes, pinto beans, tomato paste, and water. Scrap any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. It’s necessary to do this so you don’t get a burn warning, and it adds a lot of extra flavor to the chili.

Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing, if that’s necessary for your model. Press the pressure cook or manual button and set to cook for 15 minutes on high pressure. It will take 5-10 minutes to come up to pressure.

Turkey chili in the Instant Pot

When done, do a quick release of the pressure. If you have time and aren’t in a rush, you can let it naturally release. It won’t be affected negatively by a natural release.

Stir to incorporate everything. It will thicken slightly as it rests. Serve the chili with your favorite toppings.

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Use the Chili Setting on the Instant Pot?

If you have a Beans/Chili setting on your Instant Pot, I would not recommend using it for this recipe. That setting is used to cook stews or chilis that start with dried beans. It won’t work well for this recipe.

What can I add in place of the beans?

The chili is just as hearty and filling without them but, you could add more vegetables in place of the beans. Try adding green beans, mushrooms, or eggplant.

A spoonful of turkey chili

Toppings To Add

While this chili is super delicious on it’s own here is a list of toppings you could add to boost the flavor.

  • Sour cream – Use the full fat version.
  • Bacon – Cooked and crumbled.
  • Green onions – Diced.
  • Jalapeno slices – If you like it hot leave seeds and ribs in, for less spicy remove all of the seeds and ribs.
  • Avocado – Diced or sliced thin.
  • Fritos or corn chips – Add a little crunch!
  • Red pepper flakes – you can make the chili spicier by adding red pepper flakes on top.
A bowl of turkey chili

What To Serve With Chili

Chili is a hearty meal full of veggie, beans, and ground turkey so it really doesn’t need much served on the side. I love to serve a warm slice of bread, or some corn bread, with my chili.

You can serve this dish with any side dish you like. That’s the best part – it goes with everything.

Try serving it with these sides that you can also make in the Instant Pot:

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A bowl of turkey chili

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Chili is one of our favorite fall recipes to make. It's packed with ground turkey, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and spices and is such a filling and warming meal.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

5 from 29 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Pressurize Time 8 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 337 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder mild to hot
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 24 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream, chives for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Turn on sauté mode on the Instant Pot. Heat the oil in the pot, then add the turkey. Crumble the turkey with a spatula as it cooks. Once the turkey is browned, mix in the chili powder, cumin, granulated garlic, salt, and black pepper. Stir well.
  • Add in the peppers, onion, and celery. Cook for an additional 2 minutes on low heat, to soften the veggies.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, pinto beans, tomato paste, and water. Scrap any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing, if necessary. Press the pressure cook or manual button and set to cook for 15 minutes on high pressure.
  • When done, do a quick release of the pressure. Stir to incorporate everything. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • If you like a soupier, not so thick chili, you can add an additional 1/2 cup water or broth to loosen it up.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 36gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 1569mgPotassium: 1400mgFiber: 11gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1552IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 153mgIron: 7mg
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