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Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant Pot Chili

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We hear you loud and clear. Cade and I are sitting on the couch watching the Olympics while the kids are in bed (Women’s Snowboarding to be exact, and Chloe Kim is KILLING IT!!!) and writing this Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant Pot Chili recipe for you all because holy moly, the requests just keep pouring in!!

We almost didn’t post our classic chili recipe because we figured that everyone was totally set in their ways with their own favorite chili recipes, but boy were we wrong! It’s going crazy on our site!

Immediately we started hearing that we needed a vegetarian and a healthy chili recipe, but we can only test so much, so first up, our Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant Pot Chili! It’s got turkey bacon to still give that hint of bacon goodness, but in a more lean way, along with ground turkey, and lots of tomato goodness.

Alright, friends if it was you wanting a healthy Instant Pot dinner recipe, this turkey chili in an Instant Pot is for you!

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What’s in Instant Pot Turkey Chili? 

For this healthy Instant Pot chili recipe, you’ll need ground turkey, turkey bacon, a mixture of black and pinto beans, fire roasted diced tomatoes, tomato paste, three kinds of peppers, red onion, chicken stock, and a variety of dried herbs and spices. 

We really wanted to create an Instant Pot turkey chili recipe that could be made with ingredients you already have on hand. You might need to pick up a few of these healthy turkey chili ingredients at the store, but I’m sure you have most of them in your pantry already. Instant pot chili isn’t hard to make, and we wanted to ingredients list to reflect that! 

How to Make Ground Turkey Chili in an Instant Pot

Turn your instant pot to sauté and cook bacon until crisp. Once cooked, remove the bacon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any extra grease.

Add the onions and peppers to the Instant Pot and cook until tender. Then, add the ground turkey and brown. At this point, you’ll want to drain off any excess grease before adding in all of the remaining ingredients. 

Then, simply turn the Instant Pot to “chili” and cook! Once cooked, you’ll need to allow the pressure to release for 10-15 minutes or quick release with the vent.

How Long Should You Cook Instant Pot Turkey Chili? 

Most batches of this award winning turkey chili will be done after 18 minutes. However, we’ve had a few times when the flavor just wasn’t there yet, so feel free to pressure cook a little longer for more flavor, or if your beans are not as tender as you’d like.

What Size Instant Pot Do I Need?

What size of Instant Pot is this healthy turkey chili recipe for? We used a 6qt 7 Function Instant Pot, but you could use a bigger model just fine.

Tips for the Making Turkey Chili in an Instant Pot

When creating this healthy Instant Pot chili, we ditched the kidney beans to lighten things up a little more as kidney beans have a heavier flavor. If desired, you can double the pinto beans in this recipe if you prefer your turkey chili to have more beans. 

And because turkey bacon is leaner, you’ll want to add in a drizzle of olive oil while it’s cooking or you’ll possibly trigger the burn error.

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Instant Pot FAQs

If you’ve got any questions about cooking in an Instant Pot that aren’t answered below, please refer to our Award Winning Instant Pot Chili Recipe.

What Instant Pot is Best for a Small Family?

We get a lot of questions about what Instant Pot to buy, especially for small families like our own and we still stand by the 6 qt 9 Function Instant Pot. If you have more than three children and they are older then yes, go for the bigger model, but we don’t think you need a bigger size otherwise. We especially like this model because it has the chili function as well as the yogurt. And you know how we are obsessed with our Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt!

What Does Instant Pot Burn Error Mean?

If you’re cooking your chili or our beef stroganoff for example, and you get the burn error that merely means that your Instant Pot is experiencing an overheat error. Your Instant Pot has a feature built in that recognizes when the bottom is getting too hot, dry and overcooked so it will stop the heating process to avoid any further issues.

Why Does it Say Burn on My Instant Pot?

Before we go any further into the recipe, let’s chat about the number one question we’ve been getting about cooking in an Instant Pot: why does it say burn on my Instant Pot, or ovht error on my Instant Pot?

If you get this error you probably don’t have enough liquid at the bottom of the pot. For example, in chili if you get it when cooking your bacon you probably don’t have enough fat rendering out or the pan got too hot before adding the meat so it immediately burned it.

Common Mistakes for Burn Error on Instant Pot

Saute Function on Instant Pot

Probably the most common mistake leading to the burn error comes from using the saute function. Instant Pot is awesome in that you can saute directly in the inner pot, but that means that little brown bits will be stuck to the  bottom of the pan which not everyone takes the time to properly clean off those bits before turning it to pressure cook.

Not Turning the Venting Knob to Sealing Position

One of the biggest mistakes that new Instant Pot users make, but later correct quite quickly is forgetting to turn the venting knob to sealing position. Because all fo that moisture is now escaping out of the vent you’ll end up with a dry pot bottom and burned food.

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How to Clean an Instant Pot

There are actually a few different things you need to do to clean your Instant Pot, but not all are necessary after every use.

Cleaning the Pot of an Instant Pot

After making dinner you should clean the pot of your Instant Pot. Handle this just like any other pot and give it a quick scrub down in the sink. We always prefer the sink over a dishwasher in order to get those little bits off of the bottom. 

How to Clean the Lid of an Instant Pot

  • Remove the vent knob and check inside for any food or residue and use a  small brush to clean it out if necessary. 
  • Remove the Float Valve, the hole next to the vent knob is the float valve found under the lid. Make sure it’s wiped clean.
  • Remove the anti-block shield, found right next to the float valve and wipe clean.
  • The silicone sealing ring (the silicone sealing ring is that cloudy, silicone ring under the lid) should be removed every now and again to remove lingering smells and to make sure everything is functioning and not damaged. If you notice cracking or deformation of the sealing ring, you should replace it right away. (Here’s where you can buy replacement Instant Pot Sealing Rings.)
  • The silicone ring can be washed in the dishwasher or soaked in vinegar first to remove odors.

How to Remove the Discolored Finish on Instant Pot Inner Pot

To remove the common rain-bowing effect on the stainless steel inner pot you’ll want to use vinegar.

How to Clean an Instant Pot with Vinegar

Wipe your Instant Pot inner pot clean. Pour in enough white vinegar to cover the bottom of the pot. Let the vinegar sit for 5-7 minutes. Now scrub clean as normal.

Never use steel wool to clean an Instant Pot, as it will scratch the surface of the Instant Potinner pot.

Now, no more talk about cleaning, let’s talk about eating this Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant Pot Chili! IT’S SO GOOD!

And if you need to know how to make any of the basics in the Instant Pot, check out our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet!

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Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant PotChili

4.3 from 68 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Our Award Winning Instant Pot Chili recipe is going viral but we couldn't help but find an award winning healthy Turkey instant pot chili recipe for all of you looking for healthy instant pot recipes!

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Turkey
  • 8 Strips of Turkey Bacon chopped
  • 1 Can 15 ounces  Pinto beans, drained
  • 1 Can 15 ounces Black beans, drained
  • 1 Can 15 ounces Fire Roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 Can 6 oounce Tomato paste
  • 1 Small Red onion chopped
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño seeded and minced *optional
  • 2 Cups Chicken stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced garlic

FOR GARNISH

  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Turn your instant pot to sauté and add the bacon. Cook until crisp, stirring often to cook evenly. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Add the onions and peppers and cook until tender. Add the meat and cook until browned. Drain off any excess grease, we just tilt the pot and use a large spoon. Add all of the remaining ingredients and 3/4 of the bacon and stir to combine.
  • Turn the instant pot to chili and cook for 18-20 minutes*. Allow pressure to release for 10-15 minutes or quick release with the vent.
  • Serve with limes, sour cream, cheese, and a little bacon!
  • For the stove: Cook everything in the pot just like you do for the instant pot and then allow to simmer on low heat for 3 hours.
  • For the slow cooker: Cook the bacon and set aside on a plate. Cook the onion and peppers and set aside on another plate. Drain any excess grease and add the meat, cooking until browned. Add everything into the pot, leaving out a little bacon for garnish and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • Most batches will be done after 18 minutes, however we’ve had a few times when the flavor just wasn’t there yet, so feel free to pressure cook a little longer for more flavor or if your beans are not as tender as you’d like.
  • To freeze, cool the chili completely. Place in a large ziploc bag or FoodSaver, removing all air and freeze by laying flat for up to 2 months.
Nutrition Facts
Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant PotChili
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 995mg43%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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93 comments

  • Just made this and it is delicious! Leaves me wanting another bowl!

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback!!

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  • Made this tonight. FANTASTIC! I had 2 bowls! 🥣💗🥣 It’s a keeper!

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    • Love to hear this Kim! Thank you!

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  • Hey this was surprisingly good. My only complaint was that I like a thicker chili, and this was a bit watery. You could really taste the smoked paprika, and it had that depth of flavour that’s often missing from chili recipes. I’ve never used a whole can of tomato paste for chili and I think that really helped. Well done.

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    • Thank you for the feedback Karen! You could try reducing the chicken stalk by a half cup to see if it’s more of the thickness you are after.

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  • It seems like I have to scroll for minutes just to get to the recipe. Why do you have so much filler, useless and completely worthless text before actually getting to the only part that matters? It sounds like my kids when they afraid to get to the point of asking for something that I may say no to. Anyway, the recipe was OK. Next time, I will not use canned beans. Too much salt.

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    • There’s a “Jump to Recipe” button at the top. Feel free to use it next time.

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      • Bless your heart! Thanks for looking out for us!

  • Serving size equals one bowl??? What is the serving size please? 

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    • About 1-1.5 cups.

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  • This was so tasty and we even used 93% lean turkey!!!  Would definitely make again. A great alternative to beef!!

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    • Thank you for the feedback Susie! So happy you enjoyed it!

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  • Sooo good. This was my first time to use an Instapot and it came out great!

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    • Yippee!! Thanks for the feedback Cody!

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  • If I doubled this recipe, how would you recommend cooking it? Would it fit in the Instant Pot? 

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    • We have been told it doesn’t quite fit in an 8 qt Instant Pot doubled. If you leave out 1 can of beans, it might fit. I honestly would just cook it on the stove top or the slow cooker. It will take longer but you won’t have any problems. There are directions for both in the instructions. It shouldn’t need much more time than it says even though it is doubled.

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  • Can I do a quick release or should I do a 10 minute npr?

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    • Yes, a quick release works just fine!

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  • I wanted to just point a quick correction. 389kcal is 389,000 calories. The dish can’t possi have that much. So I think you meant 389 calories.

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  • Would I need to precook beans if I’m using dried black beans or will they cook sufficiently in with the rest of the ingredients?

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    • Hi Marina! They need to be cooked ahead of time in order for them to work in this recipe. Great question!

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  • Hi! I wanted to make this tomorrow but am a little apprehensive about bacon since I’ve never cooked with it. How long do I sauté it? And do I cut it up into bits when adding it back to the pot?

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    • Are you using turkey bacon? You’ll know when it is ready. Just like regular bacon, it will harden slightly and brown. After the bacon slices are cooked, just give them a rough chop.

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    • Didn’t have the bacon on hand but it still turned out great! So much flavor for a 20 minute chili! Thank you for sharing!

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      • We sure love it! Thank you for taking time to leave us a comment!

  • My family devoured this and said it was the best chili they’ve had. Super simple and not time consuming at all. Thanks for sharing it!!!

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    • LOVE to hear that! Thanks Brandy!

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  • I really like this recipe but my instant pot broke. How long should I cook in a crockpot ?

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    • Step 6 in the instructions explain how to make this in a slow cooker.

      For the slow cooker: Cook the bacon and set aside on a plate. Cook the onion and peppers and set aside on another plate. Drain any excess grease and add the meat, cooking until browned. Add everything into the pot, leaving out a little bacon for garnish and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

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  • Made this last night and it was SO GOOD! The flavors and consistency were perfect! I put my IP on manual high pressure for 20 minutes and it cooked like a dream. So excited to find an easy, healthy recipe that I won’t get tired of. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    • Hurray Bridget! We are so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for the feedback!

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  • Hi! I’m looking to try this recipe this week. However, we only have a 3 qt IP Mini Duo. Would I need to scale down any of the measurements?

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    • I would half the recipe. We have a 6 qt and it if fills it pretty well.

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  • After setting the IP to “chili” do you use high pressure or low pressure? Thanks!!!

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    • High pressure. Enjoy!!

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  • Hi there. Just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe. I think this is the most perfect chili I’ve ever made! I have been looking for a good turkey chili recipe that has a bit of depth to it, and this was amazing. I made it exactly as-is except added about a cup of frozen sweet corn right before cooking to give it some sweet with the smoky. Loved the way it turned out. I will be making this again!

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    • Hurray! Thank you so much for taking time to give us some feedback! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • This chili was fantastic. My entire family loved it, which is a difficult feat. They started requesting it to be made again later this week.

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    • Yippee! Love to hear it!

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  • I have made this for my wife 4 times now and my God this is really good stuff thanks for the recipe. She takes it to work for her lunch.

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Marc! We love to hear this!

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  • Please give measurement for serving size, does your 1 bowl hold 1 cup or 3/4 cup even if you tell me the oz of water your bowl holds it will help me. 

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    • It’s 1 cup.

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  • Can you make this with the ground turkey still frozen?

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    • Hi Alex! It would need to be unthawed first or it won’t cook completely.

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  • Excited to try this tonight! Is worcestire crucial?

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    • Not crucial, but you’ll get a slightly different flavor. It will still be delicious!

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  • If I use 2 lbs of turkey, are all other ingredients proportionate to adjust?

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  • Can this be prepared using a 4qt. sized pot?

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    • Shoot! We have been asked this a few times and we have a 6 qt size. I would imagine that it would fit just fine, but I’ve never tried it.

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      • When preparing this recipe in your 6 qt. pot, do the ingredients reach half way or less? The instructions of my 4 qt. pot says to never fill more than 50%. Thanks!

      • It is a little over half way full.

      • How much volume does this take up in your 6 qt pot? Is it less than halfway?

  • I planned to make something like this so I bought dried beans.  Do you have a suggestion on how to use them in this recipe?

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    • They will need to be soaked overnight and cooked according to the package. Then they can be used to this recipe. Enjoy!

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    • You can pre soak in the instant pot. Cover the beans with one inch of water and set to manual pressure 5 min. Then wait for the pressure to release naturally 

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      • Forget being the best chili I’ve ever made, this is hands down the best chili I’ve ever tasted! The whole family loved it. I made it exactly as written, and included the Jalapeno. Don’t skip the smoked paprika, because it really adds to the overall flavor. This recipe is a keeper!

      • Thank you so much for the feedback!! So glad you enjoyed it!

    • I was going to ask the same thing. I usually use dried beans and make them in the IP. Typically you don’t have to soak the beans when cooking them in the IP according to many recipes I’ve seen. But, I was going to guess (and ask) if you definitely needed to cook them before or could adjust the cooking time for the chili. Looks like the prior.

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  • Wow – I love, love, love this chili! It’s actually my first time using my Instant Pot (other than for making yogurt). The chili has such a rich, deep flavor. I had to improvise a little bit as I didn’t have bacon ib hand and I already had a can of fava beans open so I used the fava beans and black beans without the pinto beans. I cooked for 20 min and it was perfect. Topped with my homemade yogurt and some shredded havarti cheese. Hubby and I both loved it!! We plan to have it again tomorrow night. Thank you!

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    • I’m coming to your house the next time you make it! Your changes sound so good! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Greetings- I have tried a ton of Turkey Chili recipes and nothing has come close to my “meat” recipe. …..Until I made this one! My wife only eats turkey or chicken and your dish was out of the park good! Many thanks for sharing.

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    • Yessss! Love to hear this! Thanks for taking time to leave a comment Mitchell!

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  • Probably the best chili I’ve ever eaten and super easy to make. Everyone loved it, it had enough spice but wasn’t overpowering and I had trouble telling myself to stop eating, it’s addictive. Will probably become a weekly thing in our house! Really happy we came across this recipe, thanks for sharing! 

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    • Yay Brenna! We love to hear that! Anytime I find a recipe that I can add to my weekly arsenal, I am a happy dancing momma!!

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  • Is there a way to do this with dry beans?

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    • Yes. You will need to soak the beans overnight and cook them before adding them to the Instant Pot.

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  • It says it serves 8 but what is the serving size for each serving?

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    • A little more than 1 cup per serving.

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  • Can you make this in a normal crockpot?

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    • Absolutely! Step 6 in the instructions explain how to make this in a slow cooker.

      For the slow cooker: Cook the bacon and set aside on a plate. Cook the onion and peppers and set aside on another plate. Drain any excess grease and add the meat, cooking until browned. Add everything into the pot, leaving out a little bacon for garnish and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

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    • If doing this on manual do you use high pressure? Also, it says allow to release for 10-15 minutes of quick release. That usually yields different results, so does it matter?

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  • I found that if I chopped the turkey bacon before putting it into the instant pot is much easier!

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    • Great tip! thank you!

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  • could i do this without the beans?

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    • Beans are what make up the bulk of this recipe, but you definitely could! I might add more veggies!

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  • After putting everything together for the Chili…and after it came to pressure my pot went to burn. I was leery stirring everything together as there would not be enough liquid in the bottom. I have only had this happen one other time with a Swedish meatball recipe and found from other instant pot people it was the stirring….have made again with out stirring and no problem. Should I not do the final step of stirring on this chili as well??

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    • I stirred it all together. I did make sure to scrape all the bacon bits off the bottom as I was sautéing the onions and peppers. I added some olive oil to help with that. 

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    • We have found that stirring it thoroughly helps avoid the burn warning, but if you have had luck with a different technique, then roll with it!!

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  • My boyfriend and I just bought the Instant Pot and this was our first recipe we made in it. Needless to say, we set the bar VERY high. This chili is the best chili we have ever tasted. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Yay! We love to hear that! So happy you enjoyed it!

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  • Hi! This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Quick question. Will dried beans work in place of canned? I have an insane amount in my pantry and would like to use them up! Thanks! 

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  • Hi! If I only have the seven function instant pot, without the Chili function, can I still make this? What setting could I put it on?

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    • Hi Valerie! Use the “manual” setting for the same amount of time.

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  • What chili seasoning did you add?

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  • Is this recipe for the medium size instant pot?

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    • For a 6qt

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  • Turkey chili can be scrumptious if properly made, and this recipe had my mouth watering. I can’t wait to try it and freeze extra portions for lunches over the next two weeks. Thank goodness for freezer and microwave, or I’d eat out far too often!

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    • That’s exactly what we prefer to do too!

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  • I find that this instant pot interesting. Thanks for your useful and detail information about it.
    Sooner or later, I will dicuss with my boyfriend for the consideration to buy it so that we can apply your nice recipes xD

    Btw, there is an error of the link in your “Award Winning Instant Pot Chili recipe” post connecting with the “instant pot” in amazon.com.

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    • Oh thank you!

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