Instant Pot Ground Beef and Kidney Bean Chili


This savory, warming chili is packed with flavorful ground beef and melt-in-your-mouth red kidney beans.

Instant Pot Beef and Kidney Bean Chili by Ashley of

It is the perfect bowl of comfort on a cold day and tastes even better when eaten while watching your favorite football team play.

Or, if you’re like me and don’t care much for football, you can eat this while watching your favorite Christmas movie – even though it’s only October, and your family will likely judge you for it. Sigh, true story.

“I have made chili for years on the stove and it has always been good but this is by far the best chili ever.”

Alice E.

It’s no secret that we are a chili-loving household. I make chili all the time in many different ways. This instant pot beef and bean chili is different from the rest of the recipes on my blog in that this recipe calls for dried beans. Dried kidney beans, to be exact. I typically bulk my chili up with vegetables, but today, I’m sharing a more traditional recipe using a few simple ingredients: meat, beans, and tomatoes. This, my friends, is the chili of my childhood.

You can easily adjust the spice level of this chili – add extra jalapenos and cayenne to make it spicy! I usually use one jalapeno with the rib/seeds removed which results in a mild but flavorful chili. I’ll add extra jalapenos and cayenne directly to my husband’s bowl because he prefers spicy chili.

My son, who recently turned one, really loves this chili! I serve it to him over a piece of bread and then cover it with some cheese. He can’t get enough of it! He devours it within seconds. The first time I gave this to him, I turned around for a minute and was shocked to find his tray completely empty when I looked back over at him. I seriously searched his seat and the floor because I was sure he must have thrown it – but he ate the whole thing.

Instant Pot Beef and Kidney Bean Chili by Ashley of

This dish cooks very quickly in an instant pot, but it does require a little planning – you just need to remember to soak the beans overnight. I always soak beans overnight in cold water because it’s supposed to help with digestion. Some people argue that soaking the beans doesn’t do anything. My mom has always soaked legumes as has her mom – it’s how I was taught. I realize that people are pretty split over whether to soak beans. You know where I stand, but feel free to do what you like!

Tell me what you think of this chili after you make it! I also really want to know if you ate it while watching football or a Christmas movie or well, something else. I’m a bit nosy and like to know these things, haha. 🙂

Instant Pot Beef and Kidney Bean Chili by Ashley of

Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili (with Dried Kidney Beans)

Instant Pot Beef and Kidney Bean Chili by Ashley of

Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili (with Dried Kidney Beans)

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  • 1 cup dried kidney beans * soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon oil or fat of choice
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno minced (remove seeds and rib for a less spicy chili), adjust to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cayenne adjust to taste — optional
  • 3 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese sour cream, green onions, sliced jalapeños


  • Soak the kidney beans in cold water overnight. Drain, rinse and set aside for now.
  • Press the saute button and add the oil to the pot. Give it a minute to heat up, then add the ground meat, diced onion, jalapeno and garlic to the pot. Saute until the meat is browned.
  • Add the spices, stir, then add the kidney beans and diced tomatoes. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and set the time for 30 minutes at high pressure.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese and green onion if desired.


If you would rather use canned kidney beans then you can stir in 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans at the very end prior to serving.
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  1. Alice Ellard says

    I have made chili for years on the stove and it has always been good but this is by far the best chili ever. I follow the recipe exactly except a touch more cayenne. I however never watch football or Christmas movies while eating it just what ever I find to watch at that time. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  2. Cait says

    I know this is a traditional American style recipe but I want to know what lentils and other beans you could add to make chili a little more Indianesque. What lentils would hold up as well as kidney beans? I’d love to find or created an Indian American fusion chili that my family loves using multiple beans and daals. Any suggestions?

  3. Leslie Jeffries says

    5 stars
    This is an awesome chili recipe, I used ground turkey and also used it for chili cheese dip and everyone loved it, thank you!

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