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Taco Ground Beef Instant Pot Chili Recipe is a favorite! Roasted pasilla peppers, hearty ground beef and beans and a secret, no TWO secret ingredients you might be shocked by. This 

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Taco Ground Beef Instant Pot Chili Recipe

This is it! A fun-totally kid-friendly version of both chili and taco soup. 

And guess what, you can make it spicy or not. It’s all about the peppers you choose to add. We added one jalapeno, but skip it if your kiddos don’t like a bite. 

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How to Make Instant Pot Taco Chili

  1. Start by buying a ground beef that is not higher than 90% lean. We need some fat to keep the burn notice away and to add flavor. Plus the fat will act as the grease for the veggies to be cooked in too. 
  2. Blend a portion of peppers and tomatoes together and set aside.
  3. Turn your instant pot to saute mode and once hot, add the ground beef. After a few minutes add the seasonings and veggies. 
  4. Cook until no pink remains and drain most of the grease. 
  5. Add all remaining ingredients.
  6. Set the valve to seal with the lid on and cancel saute. Turn the mode to high pressure and cook 18-20 minutes.


Did you already scroll down to our recipe to see what the two secrets are?

  1. Ranch Seasoning Packet! This handy trick thickens the chili and adds an extra burst of flavor that doesn’t at all taste like ranch dressing. 
  2. Creamed Corn! Again, it acts like a small thickener and adds a little subtle sweetness. Don’t worry, it doesn’t make your chili sweet but you’ll pick up on that extra somethin’ somethin’ as you’re eating and you will LOVE IT! 

What Makes Chili Chili?

Chili is a thick stew that should be made up of a few simple ingredients that make it a true “chili”.

  • Meat-generally ground beef
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Chili peppers- often in the form of spices

These ingredients are simmered stovetop until all of the flavor melds together to create a flavorful, thick stew that is often served with sour cream, cheese and additional peppers. 


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Does Chili Have Beans?

Chili uses a variety of beans but some can stick to just one kind, typically black beans. Here are other beans you can throw into your chili. 

A white bean or lighter brown is often used in a poultry chili while the darker beans accompany a beef chili. 

  • Pinto Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Northern White Beans

Is Chili Supposed To Be Thick?

Chili should be thick and hearty. It should be thick enough that it feels like it will stick to your bones and warm you up from the inside out on a cold day. 

Chili is meant to be a meal on its own.

Sometimes your chili ends up with a bit more liquid, in that case, how do you thicken chili?

How to Thicken Chili

  1. Those beans can act as a thickener along with your tomatoes. Use a potato masher and smash some of the beans and tomatoes together. This will release their natural starches will help thicken the excess liquid.
  2. Sprinkle in a tablespoon or so of cornmeal, which commonly has been done in chili recipes for decades in South-western chilis. Cornmeal will sop up the excess liquid. 
  3. Tear up tortillas or cornbread to sop up the excess liquid and give you even more to eat!

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What Is The Difference Between and Yellow Onion And A Red Onion?

A red onion, or as I used to say, purple onion has that bold, bright purple skin, but it’s very similar to a yellow onion. 

A red onion has a slightly more mild flavor than a yellow onion when served raw and can help to mellow out a tomato based dish instead of the more bold yellow or white onion. 

What Is the Difference Between A Pressure Cooker And An Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is very similar to a normal pressure cooker, the difference is that heat-source is electric. It doesn’t require a gas or electric stove, thus making it more energy efficient, and you can multi-task in the kitchen. 

An Instant pot also allows you to do many things in one appliance because you can saute, cook yogurt, slow cook and more. A pressure cooker is like a pot on the stove but with a special lid that allows you to cook at a high pressure. 

High pressure cooking is faster and keeps food extra tender as all of the steam is trapped inside. 

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Taco Ground Beef Instant Pot Chili

3.55 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10
A hearty taco chili that uses ground beef and is full of corn, tomatoes and lots of flavor!


  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Can Black Beans 15 Ounces
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans 16 Ounces
  • 1 1/2 Cups Corn We buy the frozen roasted corn at Trader Joes
  • 1 Can Creamed Corn
  • 2 Cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Pasilla Peppers Roasted, peeled and diced
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce 8 ounces
  • 1 Envelope Ranch Dressing
  • 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Can Tomatoes with Diced Green Chiles
  • Salt To taste
  • Toppings of choice fritos, cheese, sour cream etc
  • 1 Jalapeno blistered and minced with or without seeds. See note


  • In the instant pot on the saute mode, cook and crumble the ground beef using a meat chopper, adding the onions and garlic halfway through and cooking until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes, drain any grease.
  • Rinse and drain all beans. Add beans corn and creamed corn to beef, along with 3/4 canned tomatoes, and half the roasted pasilla peppers, tomato sauce, the dressing and seasoning mixes and salt.
  • Puree remaining pasilla peppers and remaining diced tomatoes in a covered blender until smooth; stir into beef mixture
  • Place the lid on with the valve on seal and cook for 18-20 minutes then allow a natural release for 15 minutes. Serve with toppings as desired like Fritos, cheese, sour cream, etc.


You can roast your jalapeno over a grill or burner and then mince it with or without seeds for a kick. 
Chili can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Ground Beef Instant Pot Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 971mg42%
Potassium 813mg23%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1864IU37%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • I have been cooking in my IP for about 3 years now. I have never had a BURN error until trying this recioe, and I followed it exactly as written. Not sure where things went wrong.

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  • This is delicious! Loved by the whole family. Thank you!

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    • Thank you so much Melanie!

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  • I can’t wait to try this. I like crockpot as well as instant pot recipes because my instant pot is an off brand and doesn’t always work. What adjustments do I need to make for crockpot?
    Thank you!

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    • Hi Becky! For this recipe, follow the instructions up to step 4 but sauteing on the stove. Then for the slow cooker, place all the ingredients in the slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. I hope you enjoy it!

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  • If I do this in the crockpot what would the cook time be on low and or high?

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    • You can do either one. Go for 2-3 hours on high or 4-6 on low. Enjoy, Debbie!

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  • I would love it if you would include cooking options for slow cookers or stove top versions. I do not have and instant pot and usually don’t have time to change it myself. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

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    • Hi Sandra! Thank you so much for reminding me! For this recipe, follow the instructions up to step 4 but sauteing on the stove. Then for the slow cooker, place all the ingredients in the slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. For the stove top, same thing but simmer on medium low for 2-3 hours.

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  • Weird, I can’t find Pasilla peppers! I’m in the Midwest so maybe not a big demand here? I’m not real crazy about jalapeno so wondering what to substitute with? Also when I Googled the pepper most are shown dried but in your video it looks fresh. Thanks for your help!

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    • Hi Kathryn! Great question! I would try an ancho pepper if you can find a pasilla. An anaheim pepper would work great too. Enjoy!

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      • I found a Poblano pepper and used it. Love this chili!

      • Yay!! So glad you loved it!

  • For someone trying to watch their calorie intake, what exactly is
    “a bowl” when it comes to serving size?

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    • Hi Deb! About 1 cup, maybe a little more. Enjoy!

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  • I don’t have an instant pot.
    Will not be buying one .
    Please do the recipes so I can do them on a regular stove.
    Thanks in advance.

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    • We are working on it! Thank you for the feedback Ann!

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  • I do not own an instant pot, and I could buy one. I love my crockpot. Evenings are crazy for me. I like to make my meals in the morning so they are ready at night. I’m sure instant pots are awesome, but if I had time to cook after I teach all day, I would do it……I love to come home to my food cooking. It’s a huge relief that it is done and basically ready to go.

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    • Thank you for the feedback Kara! I totally understand everything you are saying! Mornings are usually my better time to get dinner ready too!

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      • Made it for lunch today and my family loved it!! Delicious!

      • Yay! Love to hear that!

  • Yes please please include how to make the recipe without an instapot as I don’t have one and I don’t plan on getting one.
    Thank your for all of the cooking recipes and your information you share.

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    • Thank you for leaving a comment! We will work on it!

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  • Please give alternative directions for crockpot or regular pressure cooker or stovetop

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    • Thank you for the feedback! We will get to work on it!

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