Instant Pot® Turkey Chili


It doesn't get easier than this! Brown some meat, then toss in the rest of the ingredients and hit start! Feel free to adjust the heat level by adding more chipotle peppers and/or adobo sauce. The cocoa powder and cinnamon are ideas I got from my favorite chili seasoning available at a local spice shop - they really transform the dish! I like to top this with sour cream, green onion and shredded smoked cheddar.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings



  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced

  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from chipotle peppers

  • salt to taste


  1. Combine chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, oregano, cocoa powder, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, and black pepper in a small bowl. Set seasoning mix aside.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat olive oil over high heat and brown ground turkey until crumbly, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onion and jalapeno and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and seasoning mix. Mix to combine, scraping up any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Close and lock the lid.

  3. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 20 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir chili and adjust salt, if desired. Serve with your favorite toppings.

    close up view of Turkey Chili garnished with cheese and green onions in a white bowl
    France C

Cook's Notes:

Substitute ground beef or chicken if you prefer.

You can freeze leftover canned chipotle peppers in ice cube trays for future use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
8g Fat
27g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1085mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 510mg 11%

* 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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