Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Ground turkey in a red sauce with chopped tomatoes, beans, chili peppers and onion in a blue bowl

Looking for a mouthful, wholesome and comfortable meal in this chilly season?

This delicious Instant Pot Turkey Chili is the recipe for you!

Ground turkey in a red sauce with chopped tomatoes, beans, chili peppers and onion in a blue bowl

Why This Recipe Works

There is nothing better than a good bowl of steaming hot chili when you come back home after a cold day. Sound good? It's even more satisfying when it can be prepared in only 30 minutes... The outcome is super tasty. Might seem rich and indulgent, but is actually quite nutritious. Rich in proteins and low in carbohydrates, it’s the ultimate guilt-free comfort food! A healthy and perfect recipe that is easy to make and also not-so-time-taking to give a worthy try.

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Recipe Ingredients

Meat- Here we are using ground turkey, I would suggest you use dark turkey. Do not overcook the meat, cook until it gets browned. You can also make this recipe with chicken or beef 😉

Beans- Kidney beans work best with the turkey chili. Boil the beans before adding. You can also make this recipe with black beans, pinto beans.

Water- You can also add chicken/vegetable broth but I would suggest you add water to enjoy the real goodness of this recipe.

Add all the veggies, spices, and peppers as per the recipe card to make the recipe full of savory flavors.

How to make

Gather the necessary ingredients as per the recipe card.

Add olive oil into the pot and Press "saute" and set it for 5 minutes.

Add the ground turkey into the pot and Press "saute" and cook until the turkey gets browned.

Remove the ground turkey when browned and set it aside.

Pour oil into the pot then press "saute" and set it for 5 minutes.

Now, add the veggies and peppers.

Cook until onions get browned.

Now, Add the ground turkey.

Add ½ teaspoon of salt and black pepper.

Add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Add a tablespoon of brown sugar and cumin.

Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the pot. If you don't have it, you can skip it or use any cocoa powder substitute instead.

Add a cup of diced tomatoes and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste.

Pour 2 cups of water into the pot.

Mix the ingredients and cover the lid.

Now cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.

Do a quick release and add 2 cups of kidney beans.

Mix well, Dish out and Serve!

How to serve

This Instant Pot Turkey Chili is so hearty that it can definitely be eaten on its own as a full meal. But it’s also great served over jasmine rice or brown rice.

Need more ideas? Check out What To Serve With Chili for 17 delicious side dishes.

If you have leftovers, you can make the Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf.

Recipe FAQs

Can I Make it with Ground Chicken?

Yes, this recipe can be made with ground chicken instead of turkey.

Can I Use Dried Beans?

Dried beans, if not pre-soaked, take 45 minutes to fully cook in an electric pressure cooker. However, you can use dried beans in this recipe as long as you soak them in salted water for 8 hours or overnight. If you don’t soak them first, dried beans cannot be used here.

What Other Types of Beans Can I Use?

Kidney beans are traditionally used in Mexican chilis, but you can use almost any type of beans. Common substitutes are black beans, pinto beans, or cannellini beans.

How Do I Make it Spicier?

You can make this dish spicier by including the jalapeno seeds since the seeds provide much of the spiciness. On the other hand, if you want to tone down the spice, you can omit the jalapeno and/or red pepper flakes.

Cocoa in Chili?!

It may seem strange, but cocoa and chilis are a common pairing in Mexican cuisine. Adding a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder adds depth to this dish.

Can I Use Broth Instead of Water?

Yes, you can absolutely use a turkey or chicken broth instead of water in this recipe.

If using broth, you should omit the kosher salt, so it doesn’t turn out too salty. You can always add a little more salt at the end if it needs it.

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Ground turkey in a red sauce with chopped tomatoes, beans, chili peppers and onion in a blue bowl

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

A healthy, hearty and delicious chili loaded with a flavorful and mouthwatering combination of ingredients…
5 from 9 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, soups
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Soups, Stew, turkey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups kidney beans


  • Pour oil into the pot and put the pot on the sautee for 5 mins.
  • Put the ground turkey in the Instant Pot.
  • Take out the beef and put it aside.
  • Put olive oil, onion, garlic, green pepper, carrot, and jalapeno pepper. Press saute and cook for 4-5 minutes until the onion is browned.
  • Add the cooked ground turkey and all the remaining ingredients including the water. Stir a bit.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release, then add kidney beans.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 374kcal Carbohydrates: 37g Protein: 37g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 474mg Potassium: 1164mg Fiber: 10g Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 3820IU Vitamin C: 55mg Calcium: 92mg Iron: 6mg



  • Use unsweetened cocoa.
  • Do not overcook the ground turkey cook until the ground turkey changes its color.
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11 thoughts on “Instant Pot Turkey Chili

    1. I've used both, probably is turkey breast or a mix in the photos. Turkey breast is leaner, while dark meat has more flavor!

  1. Of course they are already cooked. Added last. I really enjoy your recipes, Corrie. Last week I made Pest chicken Pasta, and that one Was uncooked macaroni. It was very good.

  2. Recipe looks good and I will make it for my Grandson who has Mammalian Meat Allergy. I will, however, omit the carrots. That just should not be done.

  3. Although this is a "turkey" chili recipe the instructions talk about "ground beef." Is this simply an oversight?

  4. Do you really mean 1/4 CUP red pepper flakes? Or was it to be 1/4 tsp or even tablespoon?

    1. Good catch! It was meant to be 1/4 tbsp. but you may want more or less depending on how spicy you like it. I will fix the ingredient list though.

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