This recipe for Instant Pot vegetarian chili is absolutely loaded with unbelievable flavor and goodness. It’s the perfect meal that can be whipped together in a short time and is ready to enjoy in about a half-hour from start to finish. It’s instantly become one of my personal favorite recipes. It’s SO good!
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili is the Perfect Beginner Recipe
The Instant Pot is the perfect kitchen appliance for so many different wonderful recipes and cuisines. And it really excels when it comes to soup and chili recipes. The pressure cooking process naturally lends itself to meals such as this vegetarian chili, which would normally require long periods of time to cook. With this recipe, we can have the prep done in about 10 minutes by using simple ingredients, then we let the Instant Pot do it’s magic. The actual pressure cook time is only 10 minutes. With the time it takes to come to pressure, then the 5 minute release time, the whole dish cooks in about 20-25 minutes from start to finish. With the prep time being only around 10 minutes, we can have an awesome pot of the most flavorful chili in about a half hour. I love it!
The ingredient list for our chili is simple and will create a chili that eats like a meal with a robust flavor. The only prep you really need to do is to chop up an onion and a green pepper. The rest of the ingredients will be a mix of spices and we’ll use the convenience of canned tomatoes, tomato puree and canned beans. We’ll also use the adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce. Just a tablespoon of this wonderful sauce will bring the perfect balance to the other ingredients and really bring the flavor profile to life.
Easy Prep and Steps
We start be sauteing a chopped onion with chopped green pepper. We let them get all nice and vibrant for a few minutes and then we add some minced garlic for the final minute or so. Garlic can burn quickly so we only want it to saute for about 1 minute. Then we add the dry ingredients and press cancel to stop the saute process. By stirring in the dry ingredients while there’s still the residual heat, we’re bringing those flavor to life by “blooming” them. If the bottom of the pot gets a little sticky, that’s ok. Next we pour in the vegetable broth and we can scrape any stuck on bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
Now it’s time to add tomato puree, which is basically tomato paste that’s had water added. If you don’t have tomato puree, use a small can of tomato paste and increase the vegetable broth by ⅓ cup. Next, add in the pinto beans, black beans, adobo sauce and the can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (not drained). Stir it all, secure the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. When the pressure cook time is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes before quick releasing the rest. Carefully remove the lid. Stir the chili and let is rest for a few minutes. It will thicken up quite a bit.
With our Instant Pot vegetarian chili now ready to serve, you have a number of delicious options for toppings and garnishings. These include shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and especially tortilla chips! Yep, break up a few tortilla chips and add them into the chili. You won’t believe how unbelievable the whole dish is!Print
A hearty and robust Instant Pot vegetarian chili recipe that is easy to make and ready to serve in about 30 minutes.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon adobo chipotle chili sauce *(see notes below)
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1 can (14.5oz) diced fire roasted tomatoes (not drained)
- 1 can (14.5oz) black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can (14.5oz) pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- Salt to taste (usually about 1tsp)
- 2 tsp canned diced green chilies (optional)
- Add olive oil to Instant Pot and press saute. Once hot, add onion and green pepper and saute for about 5 minutes or until onions become translucent.
- Add garlic and continuing sauteing for 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Press cancel and then add all dry ingredients. Mix well for about 30 seconds.
- Add vegetable broth and scrape bottom of pot with wooden spoon to get up any stuck on bits.
- Add in diced tomatoes, adobo sauce, tomato puree, black beans, pinto beans and gently stir it all together.
- Secure lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. When time is complete, let natural release for 5 minutes before quick releasing remaining pressure.
- Carefully remove lid and stir. Chili will thicken within a few minutes.
- Serve with favorite garnishes including cheddar cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, jalapenos and cilantro.
Tomato puree can be substituted with by using a 6oz can of tomato paste and adding an additional ⅓ cup of vegetable broth.
Use adobo sauce from a can (usually 7oz) of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. Save remaining sauce and peppers for other recipes.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 10 min (+5 min to build pressure and 5 min release time)
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: instant pot, vegetarian, chili