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Cookoff-winning easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe cooks in minutes in your Instant Pot, yet tastes as though it cooked for hours. It’s naturally low carb and entirely delicious.

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What Makes This Instant Pot Keto Chili So Great

  • Fast. Made in less than 30 minutes in your Instant Pot but still tastes like it has been simmering all day.
  • Low Carb. 12 net carbs per serving.
  • Versatile. Add your favorite keto-friendly toppings to make it perfectly unique.
  • Delicious. Award-winning flavors that you’ll want to eat over and over again.

So I’ve been over-thinking this Keto Instant Pot Chili. There are so many complicated recipes out there with lovely ingredients like cocoa powder, brown sugar, Mexican chocolate, espresso, strong coffee, Rotel, beef stock or beef broth, tomato paste, chipotle chili powder, etc. I was somewhat paralyzed before starting to do this recipe properly.

Then I told myself to stop worrying about all the exotic ingredients. I would just make a basic but tasty keto chili con carne recipe. So I set aside all the recipes and cooked this Keto Instant Pot Chili recipe by feel, as I typically do. It worked out great!

And when I say great, I mean I made award-winning chili great. This chili recipe has won at least 6 office cook-offs that I know of! If it wins in your office cookoff, I would love to hear about it.

How To Make Keto Chili

  1. Saute/Brown. Heat the Instant Pot on the saute function. When it’s hot, add the oil and then add chopped onions and minced garlic. Stir for 30-seconds and then add ground beef. Break up the ground beef and allow it to brown slightly.
  2. Blend. Meanwhile, blend together the canned tomatoes, chipotle chili, and the corn tortillas until relatively smooth.
  3. Add spices. Mix the various spices in a small bowl and once the ground beef is somewhat brown (but not fully cooked), add the powdered spices and allow the spices to bloom for 30 seconds.
  4. Thicken. Add in the blended corn tortillas (or use Xantham gum to thicken if you’re making this Keto) and tomatoes and use the 1/2 cup water to wash out the blender and pour that into the pot.
  5. Cook. Seal quickly, cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 mins and then release remaining pressure.
  6. Serve. Mix well, top with cheese if desired and serve.

How Do I Make Keto Chili Seasoning?

I had initially called this 3-2-2-1 Chili. But why 3-2-2-1?

First, because it’s super quick. Second, because that’s how I remember the proportions of spices.

  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

This takes the place of any packaged chili spice mixes and does it so well that I don’t buy pre-packaged mixes anymore.

This is a simple, yet satisfying Tex Mex Easy Instant Pot Chili that you can feel good about eating!

Are Tomatoes OK On Keto?

When you are you living a keto lifestyle, you will notice is nearly impossible to avoid carbohydrates completely. Tomatoes are naturally low in sugar and high in fiber. So while containing a small number of carbohydrates, completely avoiding them is not necessary. Like most anything on keto, as long as you’re not exceeding your daily carb goal, you should be able to get into ketosis no problem.

Check out my How to start a Keto diet post here for weekly keto meal plan outlines, for information on how to calculate macros, and other great keto tips.

How To Thicken Keto Chili

If you’re not eating low carb, corn tortillas are a great way to help thicken this Instant Pot Chili. However, I try to watch my carb intake. That’s why I make so many keto recipes.

If you want to keep the carbs low in this recipe for chili, simply sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of Xantham gum after it’s done cooking to help thicken it. Give it a quick mix and you’re good to go.

What If I’m Not On Keto?

If you’re not living a low carb lifestyle, you can feel free to add some heartiness to this recipe by adding some canned beans. Feel free to use either pinto beans or kidney beans. Either way, it turns out delicious. Just make sure you are using canned beans and not dry beans.

What Toppings Go With Chili?

Here are just a few great toppings options for your Instant Pot Chili:

  • Sour Cream
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chopped Bell Pepper
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • Fresh Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Fresh Shredded Lettuce

Instant Pot Chili Tips And Tricks

  • To increase the fat macros, top with cheese, sour cream, avocados, or all of the above!
  • If you do want to use a packaged mix, I have an old recipe here for it, and it works well.
  • If you don’t follow the Keto lifestyle, you can add corn and a can of beans after cooking to make it more hearty.
  • Some people like to add a little fish sauce to their chili recipes. You can add 2 teaspoons of fish sauce to the mix if you’d like, but this Low Carb Chili is so good that you most likely won’t need to.
  • You can use a can of crushed tomatoes in place of the canned fire-roasted tomatoes if you are having a hard time finding some, but I highly recommend using the fire-roasted as it adds a lot more flavor to the dish.
  • Looking for a great chili recipe that doesn’t use meat? Check out my delicious Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili!
  • Looking for a lower fat meat option for your chili? Make an Instant Pot Turkey Chili by substituting the ground beef with ground turkey. Just make sure to add a tablespoon of olive oil during the browning step.
  • Have leftovers? They should last for 3-5 days in the fridge when properly stored in an airtight food container. If you need to keep them for any longer, portion them out and freeze them.
  • You can also use the leftovers to make a delicious low carb chili dog bake.

Have Some Leftover Ground Beef? Make These Recipes!

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So feel free to make this Instant Pot Keto Chili with or without beans and with whatever toppings you like! Let me know what your favorite additions are in the comments.

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Instant Pot Keto Chili

The most authentic and easiest Instant Pot Keto Chili you’ve ever made. Best of all, it cooks in minutes in your Instant Pot, yet tastes like it cooked for hours.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: American, Fusion, Mexican

Keyword: instant pot chili, keto chili, keto instant pot chili

Servings: 4

Calories: 302kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat the Instant Pot on the saute function. When it’s hot, add the oil and then add chopped onions and minced garlic. Stir for 30-seconds and then add ground beef. Break up the ground beef and allow it to brown slightly.
  • Meanwhile blend together the canned tomatoes, chipotle chili, and the corn tortillas until relatively smooth.

  • Mix the various spices in a small bowl and once the ground beef is somewhat brown (but not fully cooked), add the powdered spices and allow the spices to bloom for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the blended corn tortillas and tomatoes and use the 1/2 cup water to wash out the blender and pour that into the pot. (Use 1/4 teaspoon of Xantham Gum in place of corn tortillas while it is boiling to make low carb)

  • Seal quickly, cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 mins and then release remaining pressure.

  • Mix well, top with cheese if desired and serve.

Instant Pot Chili Tips And Tricks

  • To increase the fat macros, top with cheese, sour cream, avocados, or all of the above!
  • If you do want to use a packaged mix, I have an old recipe here for it, and it works well.
  • If you don’t follow the Keto lifestyle, you can add corn and a can of beans after cooking to make it more hearty.
  • Some people like to add a little fish sauce to their chili recipes. You can add 2 teaspoons of fish sauce to the mix if you’d like, but this Low Carb Chili is so good that you most likely won’t need to.
  • You can use a can of crushed tomatoes in place of the canned fire-roasted tomatoes if you are having a hard time finding some, but I highly recommend using the fire-roasted as it adds a lot more flavor to the dish.
  • Looking for a great chili recipe that doesn’t use meat? Check out my delicious Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili!
  • Looking for a lower fat meat option for your chili? Make an Instant Pot Turkey Chili by substituting the ground beef with ground turkey. Just make sure to add a tablespoon of olive oil during the browning step.
  • Have leftovers? They should last for 3-5 days in the fridge when properly stored in an airtight food container. If you need to keep them for any longer, portion them out and freeze them.
  • You can also use the leftovers to make a delicious low carb chili dog bake.
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Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

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Originally Published May 17, 2017

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