Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Serves 6 to 8; Makes 8 cups

Browning the ground turkey and aromatics on the "sauté" setting of the Instant Pot before simmering is essential for depth of flavor in this one-hour chili.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound ground dark-meat turkey

  • 1 large white onion, cut into ¼-inch pieces (2 cups), divided

  • 1 large poblano chile, seeds and ribs removed, cut into ½-inch pieces (1 cup)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro leaves, and sliced jalapeno, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a 6-quart multicooker set to the high "Saute" setting. Add turkey, breaking up meat with the back of a spoon, until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add 1 3/4 cups onion, poblano, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to multicooker; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, and tomato paste; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas, corn, cooked turkey, and 1 cup water. Secure lid of multicooker.

  2. Cook on high "Bean/Chili" setting for 20 minutes. Once time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally. Carefully remove lid. Adjust seasoning as desired. Serve with remaining 1/4 cup onion, cheese, cilantro, and jalapeno. To store, let chili cool to room temperature, then refrigerate in airtight containers up to 3 days.

    instant-pot turkey chili and add-ins
    Bryan Gardner


This chili is equally delicious made on the stovetop. Instead of simmering on the "Bean/Chili" setting, cook in a large pot or Dutch oven, partially covered, over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Reserve chickpeas and corn to stir in during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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