This Keto Instant Pot Beef Chili is worthy of any chili cook-off. This keto chili is packed with so much goodness you won’t even miss the beans.

This chili recipe will keep you full, keep you warm and keep you on track!

Bowl of keto chili and sour cream

What is in keto Instant Pot chili?

If you are a chili lover this keto chili is going to blow you away. We took out the traditional beans found in chili and replaced them with delicious low-carb vegetables that compliment the chili flavours. That way you don’t eat just a bowl of seasoned meat.

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This chili is made in the Instant Pot, but you could easily convert the recipe to be cooked in a slow cooker or on the stove. Chili is usually cooked for long periods of time to allow the flavours to fully blend.

However, in the Instant Pot, you only need to cook this chili for 30 minutes with a natural pressure release of at least 10 minutes so that it doesn’t sputter and splatter all over the place.

Instant pot keto chilli served with shredded cheese

Which vegetables to use?

You’ll find plenty of low-carb vegetables in this chili. Celery, yellow bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, and jalapenos mix perfectly with the chili to provide extra nutrients to the meal. I warn you this chili packs quite the kick.

A bowl of keto chilli served with sour cream and jalapenos

A large part of the flavour in this chili comes from sautéing the onions, garlic, bell pepper, and jalapenos. The vegetables start to caramelize, and then the Instant Pot insert is deglazed while the ground/minced beef browns. If you have a low tolerance for spice, you may want to cut the jalapenos in half or out completely.

How to make chili in the Instant Pot?

After the ground/minced beef is browned it is mixed together with a blend of homemade chili seasoning, beef stock, tomatoes, celery, and coffee. You read that correctly. Add that leftover cold coffee from the morning into your chili, you won’t regret it.

Instant Pot tips

In this chili, I used a small amount of gluten-free Worcestershire sauce. Not all brands of Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free, so make sure you read before purchasing. If you would rather avoid the Worcestershire sauce you can replace it with coconut aminos for a similar flavour in your chili.

You may also choose to drain your ground/minced beef after it is browned, but before you add the seasonings. This step is up to you and what you prefer. If you forget to drain the grease before you mix in the seasoning, you can always scoop the grease off the top with a ladle after it cooks.

Removing the extra fat at this stage isn’t about cutting back on fat (we are low-carb/high fat after all) but it’s about ensuring the sauce is thick enough at the final stage.

Beef chilli with sour cream

To thicken your chili you will want to reduce the liquid by simmering it on sauté mode in the Instant Pot. If you are low on time you could also thicken your chili using a thickening agent of your choice. For this recipe, I chose to reduce the liquid.

How to serve keto chili

Picking healthy side dishes for beef recipes that are delicious and low in carbs is easy. Serve your Instant Pot chili on a bed of cauliflower rice or on its own. Your chili bowl is a meal in itself.

The toppings you choose are just as important to the chili flavour as the ingredients. So don’t be afraid to load it up with a variety of fresh toppings. I love to top my chili with diced onions, sliced jalapenos, cheese, and sour cream. Yummmmm.

A bowl of beef keto chili and sour cream with jalapenos

Some other toppings that you may enjoy on your chili are chopped cilantro/coriander, lime wedges, or even finely sliced cabbage. I know it may sound a bit odd to put sliced cabbage on top of your chili, but it adds great texture and volume to the chili.

A bowl of keto chili served with sour cream and shredded cheese

Keto cornbread recipe

Chili isn’t chili without traditional cornbread, but you don’t want the carbs right? But now you can make your own low-carb and keto cornbread with this simple easy recipe.

A triangle slice of keto cornbread is being lifted out of a cast-iron skillet on a metal spatula.
A plate of Instant Pot chili covered with shredded cheese

Keto Instant Pot Beef Chili Recipe

Our Keto Instant Pot Beef Chili is full of flavour and delicious low-carb vegetables. it’s a healthy family recipe packed with nutrition.
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Course: Dinner, Instant Pot
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Keyword: Keto Instant Pot Beef Chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Thinlicious.com
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  • Instant Pot


  • 900 g ground/minced beef
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 yellow capsicum/bell pepper diced
  • 2 jalepenos diced
  • 3 tomatoes diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 125 ml black coffee (optional)

Chili Seasoning

  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2-1 tbsp cayenne pepper optional leave out if you don’t like spicy


  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute mode. When the Instant Pot is hot, toss in the onions, jalapenos, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes until it begins to soften and brown. 
  • Add the ground/minced beef to the Instant Pot. Use a spatula to break apart the meat and brown it. When the beef is browned drain the grease if desired.
  • Next mix in the chili seasoning, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Dump in the diced tomatoes, celery, broth, and black coffee. Give it a quick stir and then close the lid, turning the pressure valve to sealing.
  • Cook the chili using the “bean/chili” function, “manual”, or “pressure cook” functions for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes before doing a quick release. This prevents the chili from shooting out the top.
  • Remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot back to saute mode. Allow the chili to simmer with the lid off until the liquid is reduced and it reaches your desired thickness. This could take between 10-20 minutes. If you are in rush, sprinkle in a tablespoon of your favourite keto friendly thickener.
  • Serve while still hot topped with cheese, sour cream, onions, jalapenos, and maybe even some chopped cabbage. Enjoy!



Serving: 1servingCalories: 660kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 44gFat: 46gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1545IUVitamin C: 81.8mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 8.2mg

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  1. The chili sounds incredible. I don’t have an insta pot. What is the final cook time for a slow cooker.
    Thank you

    1. I would cook this on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-4 hours. Remember to stir it halfway through to ensure all the flavours blend beautifully.

  2. Hi Libby, could I do this in a stovetop pressure cooker? Thank you

    1. I have never used a stove top so can’t give you my personal experience, but as long as it pressurises like an Instant Pot, it should work.

  3. Bryan Redd says:

    What is the serving size?

  4. Philip Betts says:

    2 stars
    Why do so many ‘bloggers’ refer to the ‘traditional beans’ in chili? Traditionally, there are NO beans in chili!! There are theories where that travesty began, but they just aren’t traditional or authentic. Go to any legitimate chili cook-off and see.

  5. Are the 660 calories PER serving or total for the recipe?

  6. Michelle Sheppard says:

    5 stars
    Wow this is good. Didn’t want it too spicy so just had the jalapeños and no extra chilli powder or cayenne pepper. It was lush with sour cream and shredded tasty cheese.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this tonight…it’s completely delicious!! My third Instant Pot cook since you inspired me to buy it. Thanks for another great recipe, Libby 🙂

  8. Could this be made in a traditional pressure cooker??

  9. Seriously- what is a serving size here? 1cup? Please don’t say serves 4.That is not helpful.

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  11. This was amazing! I thought I would ha e left overs for the week but I was wrong my non Keto family members gobbled this up.. very filling. Made Keto corn bread to crumble under it… will be making again soon!