This Instant Pot vegetarian chili doesn’t have any meat but you won’t be missing it with the flavors that come together quickly in the Instant Pot.
So I finally joined the crowd and got an Instant Pot. I’ve seen the posts for the past few years from different bloggers about Instant Pot recipes. I had been wanting to get one for quite some time but never pulled the trigger. It was Amazon’s Prime Day back in July that finally convinced me and 300,000 other people to buy it! With that in mind I wanted to ease into using it, so the first dish I made was an Instant Pot vegetarian chili.
To be honest, my concerns over easing into using it were unfounded. The Instant Pot really couldn’t be easier to use. The big benefit about the Instant Pot is what is a 4-8 hour recipe becomes a 30-60 minute recipe and it tastes just as good. This Instant Pot vegetarian chili was no different. It tastes like it had been stewing for hours.
And for those that might be turning their nose up to vegetarian chili, all I can so is don’t knock it until you try it. And if you want regular old chili, I’ve got that covered too. But take a risk and give this Instant Pot vegetarian chili a try. And if you don’t have an Instant Pot, just wait for the next sale!
What Ingredients are in this Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili?
- Olive oil
- Produce – sweet onion, red bell peppers, carrots, garlic, cilantro, corn
- Tomato paste
- Spices – chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, paprika, oregano, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt
- Diced tomatoes
- Black beans
- Pinto beans
- Vegetable stock
- Toppings – avocado, sour cream, cheese, chips
What if I Don’t Have an Instant Pot?
Not a problem. As I said, I didn’t have one for quite a while. You can just throw all the ingredients except for the beans and cilantro in a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. With 30 minutes remaining stir in the beans in cilantro.
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Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 2 large red bell peppers, seeds removed and chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 (28 oz can) diced tomatoes, with their juice
- 2 (15 oz cans) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz can) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- chopped cilantro, avocado, chips, sour cream, grated cheddar for chopping
- Set a 6-qt Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Heat olive oil. Add onion, peppers and carrots and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until onions are translucent.
- Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, paprika, oregano, coriander and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute. Stir in diced tomatoes, beans, corn and vegetable stock.
- Select Bean / Chili Instant Pot setting, adjust pressure to high and select time for 20 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Stir in cilantro and season with salt to taste. Serve immediately and garnish with your desired toppings