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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

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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! 

Instant Pot Turkey Chili in bowl

INSTANT POT TURKEY CHILI 

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

It is such an easy thing to throw together for meals and game day and also makes great leftovers.

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

Today’s Instant Pot 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.

When it comes to soups and chilis the Instant Pot makes it super easy. 

Instant Pot Turkey Chili above

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 function 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 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.

TO 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 TURKEY CHILI?

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

Here are some ideas to mix up your chili:

  1. Add a variety of beans. Some of my favorites in chili are white 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.

  4. If you love the flavor of poblanos you can easily add a chopped poblano when you are cooking your bell pepper and onion. 

Instant Pot Turkey Chili with Spoon

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE RECIPES: 

Instant Pot Fried Rice

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Bean Soup

WHAT SHOULD I PAIR WITH THIS 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: 8-10
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}. Use a large wooden spoon to break apart the turkey and continue to sauté until the turkey is browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. 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}. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoons olive oil to the InstaPot on the sauté mode still.
  4. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 1 minute. 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. 
  5. 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. Use your spoon to deglaze the pan by scraping away all of the browned bits of food.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Stir in fresh cilantro and a dash of salt and pepper.
  9. 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.

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.

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Jules

Friday 21st of January 2022

Delicious! I used Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilis - We will be making this one again - perfect for a cold winter night! Thank you

Julia

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

That is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I am so glad you liked it!

Collin

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Hello! I'm curious if I were to try and double the quantity (not sure it would fit) how would that impact the pressure cook time? I imagine it should be the same it just might take longer to get to the right pressure?

Julia

Thursday 6th of January 2022

I think it would take the same time. I would just make sure it fits and it doesn't go over any type of line on the inside of the Instant Pot that says that is the fill line. I know some have that. You basically want to make sure your Instant Pot is never more than 2/3 full.

Jennifer

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Hi Julia,

Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to be trying it out tonight. I would like to add collard greens, and am wondering at what step I should add them? Should I saute with onions and garlic?

Julia

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Hi there! I have never tried that but I think that you can stir them in when you add all of the ingredients and then they should cook with everything else. Let me know how it goes

Rita Robinson

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Hello, I love trying your recipes. I was going to try the chili but I wasn’t sure about the chili powder amount. It says 3 tablespoons two times within the ingredients. Is that correct? Was it supposed to be teaspoons?

Julia

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hi there! Thank you for the kind words. That should just be 3 Tablespoons of chili powder. I changed it. I would say if you aren't sure you want that much chili powder you could start with 1 Tablespoon and after the chili is done you can taste it and add more to your tastes. Enjoy!!

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