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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Chili is a protein packed, healthy chili. This cooks quickly in the pressure cooker and is great for game day or family meals. It also freezes nicely for later. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings! 

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INSTANT POT TURKEY CHILI

During the winter months we eat a lot of chili in my house.

It really is the best comfort food filled with protein, warm spices and just makes you feel satisfied on those cold days.

Today’s Instant Pot Turkey Chili recipe is a healthy turkey chili recipe that I make a lot.

You can also make this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili if you prefer that version.

It is such an easy thing to throw together for the perfect meal during the week or game day and also makes great leftovers.

It is a meal I often make on the weekends for meal prep.

I also really like that chili is healthy, loaded with a good dose of protein from the meat and beans and leaves you feeling full.

Today’s ground turkey chili takes your favorite stove top or slow cooker chili and makes it in the pressure cooker.

One thing I love about the pressure cooker is that it keeps everything in one pot and you can have a meal on the table in under 40 minutes with almost no work.

If you like instant pot recipes try this Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta, Instant Pot Pork Chili, Instant Pot Taco Soup, Instant Pot White Chicken Chili or this Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup.

Instant Pot Turkey Chili above

INGREDIENTS FOR PRESSURE COOKER TURKEY CHILI

LEAN GROUND TURKEY

SWEET ONION & GARLIC

RED BELL PEPPER

JALAPENO 

SPICES: CHILI POWDER, CUMIN, PAPRIKA, OREGANO & CAYENNE RED PEPPER

BEANS: BLACK BEANS, RED KIDNEY BEANS

TOMATO PASTE AND DICED TOMATOES

CORN 

CHICKEN BROTH OR CHICKEN STOCK

HOW DO YOU MAKE CHILI IN THE INSTANT POT?

A couple of months ago I shared a recipe for Easy Instant Pot Beef Chili, which my family loved.

I feel like I perfected that chili recipe in the pressure cooker which made this recipe easy to make following those instructions.

You will start by using the sauté mode on your pressure cooker.

Turn it to the high setting and let it heat up.

Once it is heated add the olive oil.

Once the pressure cooker heats the oil add turkey to the bottom of the pot and let it sit for a few minutes and brown on the bottom.

From there you will break the meat apart and continue to sauté until the meat is browned.

Drain the meat of any fat and discard and set the meat aside.

Put 1 additional Tablespoon of olive oil in the pressure cooker and add the garlic and onion and cook for 1 minute.

Add the bell pepper and jalapeño and all of the spices and continue to sauté until the bell pepper is tender.

Put the ground turkey back in and 1/2 a cup of the broth.

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Use your spoon to deglaze the Instant Pot, making sure to scrape away all of the browned bits of food.

This helps to ensure that your food doesn’t burn during the pressure cooking phase.

Add the broth, beans, the tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn and seal the lid.

Make sure not to stir as you want the tomatoes and beans on the top.

Close lid and pressure cook on Manual at High Pressure for 5 minutes, followed by quick release when time is up.

Carefully open the lid and give it a stir.

Serve with tortilla chips and your favorite toppings like cheddar cheese.

Store the leftover turkey chili in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

This also freezes well for later. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

HOW DO I THICKEN THE CHILI:

If you want it to thicken the chili up more you can put the lid back on and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

You can also use 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and 1 Tablespoon water and mix those two together and then add it to the chili to thicken or add additional tomato paste to the chili and stir.

Instant Pot Turkey Chili with white plate

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS INSTANT POT TURKEY CHILI RECIPE

I love modifying recipes based on what is in my fridge and pantry.

Here are some ideas to mix up your healthy chili recipe:

  1. Add a variety of beans. Some of my favorites in chili are white beans, pinto beans, chickpeas or navy beans.
  2. If you have a can of hominy in the pantry throw that in. We love the texture it adds to chili.
  3. For the spicy chili lovers, chop up a jalapeño and throw that in. You can also add hot sauce and extra cayenne pepper. If you have a chili seasoning that often will add extra heat.
  4. If you love the flavor of poblanos you can easily add a chopped poblano when you are cooking your bell pepper and onion.
  5. When it comes to toppings I love setting out a variety for people to pick from. Some ideas are green onions, red onion, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, salsa, hot sauce, pickled onions, pickled vegetables, guacamole and salsa verde. 
Instant Pot Turkey Chili with Spoon

OTHER INSTANT POT RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE: 

INSTANT POT BEEF CHILI

INSTANT POT FRIED RICE

INSTANT POT BEAN SOUP

INSTANT POT BEEF STEW

INSTANT POT CHICKEN BREAST RECIPE

INSTANT POT STUFFED PEPPER SOUP

WHAT TO PAIR WITH THIS EASY INSTANT POT TURKEY CHILI: 

While I always think a big slice of cornbread goes best with chili here are some other ideas:

SIMPLE MASSAGED KALE SALAD

MEXICAN STREET CORN

AVOCADO KALE QUINOA SALAD

SIMPLE GARLIC PARMESAN GREEN BEANS

SIMPLE ROASTED BROCCOLI

Instant Pot Turkey Chili in bowl

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Instant Pot Turkey Chili is a protein packed, healthy chili. This cooks quickly in the pressure cooker and is great for game day or family meals. It also freezes nicely for later! 

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 large red pepper bell pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped {optional for spice}
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional for spice}
  • 1- 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 - 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth {divided-you will use 1/2 cup of the broth to deglaze the pot then you will add the 1/2 cup later in the recipe}
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set a pressure cooker or Instant Pot to the normal sauté setting. Let it heat before adding the olive oil. Once heated add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and let the oil heat for about 20 seconds making sure the oil is covering the whole bottom of the Instant Pot. 
  2. Add the ground turkey to the Instant Pot along with a dash of salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes not stirring it {you want to create a layer of browning on the meat}.
  3. Use a large wooden spoon to break apart the turkey and continue to sauté until the turkey is browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Remove the turkey from the pot and drain the fat from the ground turkey and set aside in a bowl to discard {there won't be much fat with the turkey since it is pretty lean}.
  5. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoons olive oil to the InstaPot on the sauté mode still.
  6. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the bell pepper, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper and continue to sauté until the bell pepper is tender, about 2 to 3 minutes and the spices start to release their fragrance. 
  8. Add 1/2 of a cup of the chicken broth to help deglze your pot and allow all the food to release from the bottom of the pot.
  9. Use your spoon to deglaze the pan by scraping away all of the browned bits of food {THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT}.
  10. Add the ground turkey, beans, remaining 1/2 cup of the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and corn in that order {DO NOT MIX} and seal the pot. Cancel the sauté function.
  11. Close lid and pressure cook on Manual at High Pressure for 5 minutes, followed by quick release when time is up. Turn off your Instant Pot and carefully open your lid.
  12. Stir in fresh cilantro and a dash of salt and pepper.
  13. Serve warm with your favorite garnishes like sour cream, cheese, cilantro and crushed chips.

Notes

TO THICKEN THE CHILI: If the chili is not thick enough for your liking add more tomato paste or corn starch to thicken it up.

You can leave the jalapeño out or you can even add more spice but using more jalapeño or adding crushed pepper.

I drain the diced tomatoes to create a thicker chili. If you prefer it to be thinner you don't have to drain the tomatoes.

Make sure to deglaze the pot at step 9. This helps to make sure that you don't get the burn notification.

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Tina

Saturday 6th of January 2024

Any tips for a 8 qt instant pot?

Julia

Saturday 6th of January 2024

It should work the same as mine which is a 6qt. using the same ingredients.

Tabitha

Monday 3rd of April 2023

I used your recipe for a cub scout chili cooking contest and it won first place! All the kids and parents loved it and now they want "mom's award winning chili". Everyone asked for the recipe so I posted your link in our group and told them I didn't change a thing to your recipe because it was absolutely perfect! Thank you for sharing it!!!

Julia

Monday 3rd of April 2023

That is amazing! Thanks for sharing and I am so glad they all liked it. :)

Jeff

Thursday 9th of March 2023

This is our "go to" chili recipe! We struggle with the burn notice, even after totally deglazing and layering as instructed. We usually wind up stirring and scraping until that wonderful 5 minutes pops up. I'm heading over to the Instant Pot right now to deal with the 3rd burn notice for tonight.

Julia

Friday 10th of March 2023

I am glad you like it. That is weird that you get a burn notice! I honestly have not had that happen. I wonder why the deglazing isn't helping...so sorry about that.

Andrea

Monday 6th of March 2023

So delicious. Everything was perfect! Thank you.

Julia

Monday 6th of March 2023

So glad!

Heather

Saturday 17th of December 2022

This is the best chili I think we’ve ever had. We made this twice this week. Add cornbread. Chefs kiss 🤌🏻

Julia

Monday 19th of December 2022

So glad you enjoyed it!

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