Instant Pot turkey chili is the ultimate chill-chasing meal and best of all, it’s table ready in minutes!

Ground turkey is cooked with two kinds of beans in a flavorful tomato sauce with lots of fresh veggies and southwest seasonings! 

Instant Pot Turkey Chili with sour cream

Easy Instant Pot Turkey Chili

  • Instant Pot turkey chili is just the ticket for busy families with big appetites! It’s healthy, hearty, and super easy to make!
  • Stretch the budget even further and serve turkey chili over white rice, or mashed potatoes.
  • Turkey chili is always a crowd-pleasing favorite when the gang’s all over for the big game. Set out tortillas, buns, or breadsticks, and let everyone help themselves straight from the Instant pot!
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Ingredients and Variations

TURKEY: Ground turkey or any leftover turkey, chicken, or beef can be used in this recipe. Omit the meat altogether and double up on the beans for vegetarian chili, it will still turn out delicious!

VEGETABLES: If time is short, pop in a frozen bag of vegetable medley in place of the carrots and onions, no need to thaw.

BEANS: Red and white kidney beans are large and firm and hold up well with the other ingredients. Canned black beans will also add some variety.

SEASONINGS: Just a handful of dry pantry seasonings is all you need, but feel free to add more or fewer seasonings depending on your taste.

TOPPINGS: Set out bowls of shredded cheese, jalapenos, black olives, green onions, avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Chili 

  1. Saute veggies, then add the meat and garlic and cook until browned.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, seal, and cook on high for 7 minutes (as per the recipe below).
  3. Allow Instant pot to vent, stir and serve warm.
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Turkey chili tastes better the next day when all the flavors have had a chance to blend even more! Keep it covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave. Freeze turkey chili in zippered bags for up to 4 months. Defrost overnight and reheat as desired.

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Instant Pot Turkey Chili with sour cream
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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

This Instant Pot Turkey chili will chase those chills away.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 large bowls
Author Holly



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed (15 ounces)
  • 1 can white kidney beans drained and rinsed (or great northern beans, 15 ounces)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (15 ounces each)
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the Instant Pot using the Saute function. Add the olive oil, onion, and carrots. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onions are just starting to brown, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the ground turkey and garlic. Saute for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the meat. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Add water if needed. In my 6 Quart Instant Pot, I add 1 cup of water to ensure the beans are just barely covered during cooking. 
  • Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the sealing position. Pressure cook on high for 7 minutes. 
  • Once the Instant Pot has finished, release the pressure manually by switching the valve to the venting position. 
  • Remove the lid and stir. Enjoy warm. 


Store any leftover chili in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 815mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3962IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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