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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

This warm and filling chili is made easily in the Instant Pot, but tastes like it's been simmering on the stove all day.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, pantry staples, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 428 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other neutral oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cups onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper large, cored, deveined, and chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 jalapeño cored, deveined, and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes or 1 (28-ounce) can
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans light or dark, drained

Garnishes

  • cheddar cheese shredded
  • green onions sliced
  • yellow onions chopped
  • avocado diced
  • jalapeño slices fresh or pickled
  • sour cream or yogurt

Instructions

  1. On Sauté mode, heat 1 tablespoon oil in the Instant Pot. Add turkey and brown, breaking up with a spoon or spatula.

  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil . Add onions, garlic, pepper, celery, jalapeño, chili powder, and cumin. Sauté 3-5 minutes until softened. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute or until well combined. Pour in drained beans and chicken stock and stir.

  3. Pour in diced tomatoes; do not stir. Secure lid and cook 14 minutes high manual pressure then naturally release. Ladle into serving bowls and top with desired garnishes.

Recipe Notes

  • No Instant Pot: See the slow cooker version
  • Flavor variation: Leave the seeds in your jalapeño, or even add more than one.
  • Thicker chili: Add a little more tomato paste.
  • How to freeze this recipe: Choose a plastic bag (or bags) made especially for the freezer and keep frozen as long as 2-4 months.

Wine pairings
I recommend buying wine from Scout and Cellar, especially for lower carb or sugar and the health conscious. There’s no added sugar to these wines, and they’re all much lower in carbs, calories, and sugar. For me, there’s no headache or fogginess the next day!
You may think of pairing only red wines with chili, but a chilled wine can be equally delicious. I like:
- Malbec, like 2018 Veinte Malbec from Alto Colchagua, Chile
- Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Middle Jane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, California
- White wine spritzer, like 14K Bubbly White Wine from California

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Turkey Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 1430mg62%
Potassium 1201mg34%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 2960IU59%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 142mg14%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.