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Instant Pot No Beans Chili
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Perfect for those who prefer a bean-free chili or are following a low-carb or keto diet, this delicious dish is packed with savory flavors and tender chunks of meat. With the convenience of the Instant Pot, you can have a comforting bowl of chili on the table in no time. Get ready to cozy up with a warm bowl of this satisfying chili that’s sure to become a family favorite!

If you love this recipe for chili without beans, try my other Instant Pot recipes, for instant pot wild rice soup, crockpot southwest chicken chili, or ninja foodi beef stew.

Why You Will Love This Recipe!

  • Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe Without Beans
  • Family Friendly
  • Flavorful
  • Quick
  • Bean-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, and Keto Friendly Chili

Ingredients Needed For Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

Here are the simple ingredients you will need for making Instant Pot no bean chili recipe.

Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Ground beef: Provides hearty texture and savory flavor to the chili.
  • Onion: Adds aromatic depth and sweetness to the dish.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor profile with its pungent and earthy taste.
  • Bell peppers: Offer a colorful addition and subtle sweetness to balance the flavors.
  • Diced tomatoes: Serve as the base of the chili, providing acidity and juiciness.
  • Tomato sauce: Adds richness and helps bind the ingredients together.
  • Beef broth: Infuses the chili with meaty flavor and ensures a hearty consistency.
  • Chili powder: Provides the classic chili flavor and a mild level of heat.
  • Ground Cumin: Enhances the smokiness and depth of the chili’s flavor profile.
  • Paprika: Adds a subtle sweetness and vibrant color to the dish.
  • Salt and pepper: Season the chili to taste and balance the flavors.

How To Make Instant Pot Chili Without Beans

Here are the simple steps to make Easy Instant Pot Chili With No Beans.

Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and brown the ground beef, breaking it up into crumbles. Add diced onions and minced garlic, cooking until softened and fragrant.

Stir in diced bell peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth. Season the mixture with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper, stirring to combine.

Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

Close the Instant Pot lid and set it to manual high pressure for about 10-15 minutes, depending on your desired thickness and consistency. Once done, allow the pressure to naturally release for a few minutes before carefully performing a quick release.

Serve the chili hot, garnished with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, diced onions, or fresh cilantro.

Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

Recipe Variations

  • Spicy Variation: Incorporate 1-2 chipotle peppers from a can of adobo sauce to significantly increase the heat level of the chili.
  • Stovetop Method: Rather than pressure cooking, let the chili simmer covered on low heat for 3 hours, mix frequently during the simmer process.
  • Slow Cooker Method: Brown the meat on the stove, and then transfer the browned meat and other ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, high for 2-3 hours.
  • Adding Vegetables: For an extra nutritional boost, stir in some spinach or chopped kale towards the end of cooking. Keep in mind this may slightly mellow out the chili’s robust flavors.
Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

Pro Tips Instant Pot No Bean Chili

Here are some pro tips for making Instant Pot no bean chili:

  • Use lean ground beef or turkey to reduce excess fat in the chili.
  • For extra flavor, consider browning the meat using the sauté function before adding other ingredients.
  • Adjust the seasonings to your taste preferences. You can add more chili powder for heat or adjust the salt and pepper levels as needed.
  • To thicken the chili, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with water at the end of cooking or let it simmer on sauté mode for a few minutes.
  • For a smoky flavor, consider adding a touch of smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder.
  • Don’t forget to deglaze the pot after browning the meat to prevent any burnt bits from affecting the flavor of the chili.
  • Let the chili sit for a few minutes after cooking to allow the flavors to meld together before serving. Enjoy your hearty and flavorful Instant Pot no bean chili!

Faq’s Chili Recipe No Beans

Why make chili without beans? Some people prefer chili without beans either due to dietary restrictions like a low-carb or ketogenic diet, or simply because they prefer the texture and flavor focus on the meat and vegetables without beans.

Can no-bean chili be made vegetarian? Absolutely! For a vegetarian no-bean chili, you can increase the variety of vegetables or use plant-based meat substitutes. Ingredients like mushrooms, lentils, and textured vegetable protein (TVP) can mimic the texture of ground meat.

What meats work best in no-bean chili? Beef (especially ground beef or chuck), pork, turkey, and chicken are all great choices. For more unique flavors, consider using game meats like venison or bison.

How can I thicken no-bean chili if there are no beans to add bulk? You can thicken no-bean chili by simmering it longer to reduce the liquid, adding tomato paste, or using a small amount of cornmeal or masa harina to give it more body.

What are some good spices to use in no-bean chili? Classic chili spices include chili powder, cumin, and paprika. For added heat and complexity, consider chipotle powder, cayenne pepper, or diced jalapeños. Smoked paprika can add a nice smoky flavor.

How can I make my no-bean chili more flavorful? Incorporate layers of flavor by sautéing onions and garlic before adding the meat, using fire-roasted tomatoes instead of regular canned tomatoes, and adding a splash of Worcestershire sauce or beer during the cooking process.

Is no-bean chili suitable for freezing? Yes, no-bean chili freezes very well. Cool the chili completely and store it in freezer-safe containers. It can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

What are the best toppings for no-bean chili? Popular toppings include shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, cilantro, diced avocados, or lime wedges. For a crunchy element, consider tortilla chips or cornbread on the side.

How long should I cook no-bean chili? Cooking times can vary depending on the cooking method. On the stovetop, simmering for at least an hour is ideal to develop flavors. In a slow cooker, 5-6 hours on low is sufficient. In an Instant Pot, 20 minutes under high pressure with natural release works well.

Can I make no-bean chili spicy or mild? Absolutely. Adjust the chili’s heat by controlling the amount and type of chili peppers or chili powders used. Start with less and add more as needed to suit your taste preferences.

Instant Pot No Beans Chili

Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


If you're looking for a hearty and flavorful meal that's easy to prepare, this Easy Instant Pot Chili No Beans recipe is perfect for you. Designed specifically for those on a low-carb or ketogenic diet or simply preferring a bean-free chili, this recipe brings all the robust flavors of traditional chili without the beans. Using an Instant Pot cuts down the cooking time dramatically, making this an ideal choice for a quick weeknight dinner or a stress-free meal prep solution


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, adjust according to heat preference
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode and add a little oil. Once the pot is hot, add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  • Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and diced bell pepper to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set it to manual or pressure cook mode on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is up, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then carefully perform a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid and give the chili a good stir. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve the chili hot, topped with your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, or sliced jalapeños.


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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 27gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 479mgPotassium: 844mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1215IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 5mg

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