Instant Pot Keto Chili

Instant Pot Keto Chili is a hearty and flavorful dish made with ground beef, tomatoes, and spices, perfect for those following a low-carb lifestyle. This chili is cooked quickly in the Instant Pot, resulting in tender meat and rich flavors melded together seamlessly. With its high-protein and low-carb ingredients, Keto Instant Pot Chili is a satisfying meal that's both delicious and keto-friendly.

Keto Chili in the Instant Pot

For the last 10(ish) years, I've been living a keto/low carb lifestyle. I'll make a post later this week on my journey, but, for now I wanted to share with you my chili recipe. This is the chili recipe that I make all the time, it's loaded with flavor and super delicious. 

I personally think that it's better reheated the next day. Well, I think all chili is much better the next day! Anyhow, I can't wait for you to try this recipe and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!

Why Marci Loves This Recipe

  • Once the hamburger has cooked and onions have been sauteed it's a hands off recipe!
  • Delicious for leftovers!
  • Super simple ingredients!
  • Can easily double the recipe to feed a crowd.
  • Transports with ease, I've actually made this at the track more times than I care to count!
  • Use the Instant Pot to keep warm all day.
  • Budget friendly.

Is this chili recipe keto?

Yes! This instant pot chili recipe is perfect for those on a low carb or keto diet. This is one recipe I've eaten over my years and have kept the weight off!



Ingredients Needed for Chili

  • 1 LB 90/10 ground hamburger
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 10 oz rotel tomatoes
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes or diced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 28 oz beef broth
  • 6 oz tomato paste (optional)

    How to Make Marci's Instant Pot Keto Chili Recipe

    Turn the Instant Pot on to Saute mode. Add in hamburger and onion, cooking through. Using a mix n chop (shown above) or a wooden spoon, break up the hamburger as fine as you like it.

    Add the tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, curry powder and beef broth to the Instant Pot.

    Without stirring, add the lid to the Instant Pot, ensuring the valve is set to the SEALING MODE.

    Turn the Instant Pot on by hitting the CHILI/BEAN BUTTON and adjusting the time to set to 12 minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to cook and release naturally. Once there is no more steam you can set the valve to release.

    If the chili isn't as thick as you'd like, add in the tomato paste and stir to ensure the tomato paste breaks down and heats through.

    Top with your favorite chili ingredients. I do sour cream and a handful of cheese to keep it keto. For the kids (and because we live in Cincinnati) I'll make spaghetti noodles and they eat it that way!

    Serve and enjoy!

    Tips and Tricks for Making Perfect Instant Pot Keto Chili

    • Brown the ground beef: Start by sautéing the ground beef in the Instant Pot using the sauté function until it's nicely browned, adding depth of flavor to the chili.
    • Use low-carb veggies: Incorporate vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes, which are low in carbohydrates but add plenty of flavor and texture to the chili.
    • Adjust spices to taste: Customize the seasoning according to your preference, adding more or less chili powder, cumin, and other spices to suit your taste buds.
    • Opt for sugar-free ingredients: Choose sugar-free tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to keep the chili low in carbohydrates while still maintaining its rich flavor.
    • Allow for natural pressure release: After cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together before serving.
    • Garnish with keto-friendly toppings: Top your Instant Pot Keto Chili with shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, or chopped green onions for added creaminess and flavor without the carbs.

    Variations to Try

    • Turkey chili: Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey to make a leaner and lighter version of this chili.
    • Vegetarian option: Omit the meat altogether and add in extra vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplant for a hearty vegetarian chili.
    • Add beans: If you're not following a keto diet, feel free to add in a can of your favorite beans, such as black or kidney beans, for added protein and fiber.
    • Experiment with spices: Try adding in different spices like smoked paprika, chipotle powder, or even a dash of hot sauce to give your chili a unique flavor profile.
    • Make it creamy: For added creaminess, stir in a spoonful of cream cheese or heavy cream during the last few minutes of cooking.
    • Slow cooker option: If you don't have an Instant Pot, this chili can easily be made in a slow cooker. Simply brown the meat on the stovetop and then add it along with all other ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.


    Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef in Keto Instant Pot Chili? Yes, ground turkey can be used as a leaner alternative to ground beef in this recipe. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time as needed.

    How long does Instant Pot Keto Chili last in the refrigerator? Instant Pot Keto Chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. It can also be frozen for longer storage, lasting for up to 2-3 months in the freezer.


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