Pressure Cooker Chili


This hearty pressure cooker chili is delicious — so good on a cold snowy day. What's even better is having it ready within 35 minutes from start to finish!

close up view of Pressure Cooker Chili in a pot with a wooden spoon
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped

  • 1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste


  1. Place ground beef in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat; cook until brown and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove beef; drain off excess fat.

  2. Heat olive oil in the pressure cooker over medium heat; stir in onion, green pepper, and jalapeño. Cook and stir until onion has softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for about 30 seconds. Stir in browned beef, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, water, tomato paste, chili powder, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes.

  3. Lock the lid, bring the cooker up to pressure, reduce heat to maintain pressure, and cook for 8 minutes. Remove the cooker from the heat, and let the pressure reduce on its own, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. When the pressure is fully released, remove the lid, stir the chili and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

353 Calories
15g Fat
35g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 353
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 790mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 29mg 144%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 630mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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