Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot

Weeknight Black bean chili in Instant Pot, pressure cooker chili, by Spice Cravings. This Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies, and seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

If you’re looking for an easy, comforting and delicious vegetarian chili recipe, you’re going to love this Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot!

Super healthy and creamy black beans are simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies.

I season this chili with taco seasoning and a couple of teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Surprised?

The bitterness and smokiness of the cocoa powder actually balances the acidity of tomatoes in this chili really well.  I add a dash of fresh lime juice, sprinkle some cheese on top and dive right in!

This Instant Pot Weeknight Black Bean Chili by Spice Cravings has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies. It's seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! Delish!! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #chili #vegetarian #glutenfree

Easiest Chili Recipe Everr!

My family loves chili! We make a gazillion versions of it , and use it in another gazillion ways.

This one’s straight out of our weeknight chili collection.  With a 5-minute prep, which includes opening 4 cans, putting this chili together is a breeze!

Possibilities are endless with this dish.  You can swap the beans with your favorite kind, add your favorite toppings like sour cream, cheese, jalapeños, spring onions, avocados.

You can even enjoy it as-is, or, use it as a topping for some amazing Chili Nachos, or, mix it with rice, wrap it in a tortilla and you have a Bean & Chili Burrito. 

During football season, you will always find a version of this on my table, every Sunday!

Great for Potlucks & Picnics

Black Bean Chili also makes for a great potluck and picnic dish. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, so you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions.

If you skip the cheese, you can make it vegan too.

For potlucks, I make this chili in my Instant Pot, cover it and take the whole pot along.

I turn on the SAUTE mode to warm it up and serve it right out of the pot, it cannot get easier than that.

I take all the toppings and put them along side the pot, this way people can customize their bowl the way they like it.

When I’m taking it for a picnic, I make this chili slightly thicker, more like a dip consistency.

I pour it in an aluminum casserole dish, top it with dices onions and Mild Pickled Jalapeño.  I top that with good layer of shredded Mexican blend cheese and serve it as a dip with Tortilla chips.

It’s a big hit every single time.

Stove-Top Instructions for Black Bean Chili:

This Chili can be made on the stove-top as well.

Take a deep sauce pan or a stock-pot. Turn ON the flame at medium-high.

Add olive oil, onions, green pepper and sauté for 1 minute.

Then, add seasoning mix and stir for 30 seconds, this wakes up the spices.

Add all remaining ingredients and stir.  Bring the chili to a light simmer.

At this point, cover the pan with a lid, reduce the flame to medium and simmer for 12-15 minutes.

Remove the lid, check for seasoning.

Cool for 5 minutes.

Garnish with your favorite chili toppings like cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados, tortilla chips etc.

This Instant Pot Weeknight Black Bean Chili by Spice Cravings has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies. It's seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! Delish!! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #chili #vegetarian #glutenfree

How to Make Chili with Dried Beans

Rinse your preferred brand of dried beans, about 1 cup and soak them in 3 cups of water .

I like to soak them overnight.  Throw away the water in which they were soaked and rinse well.

Follow the recipe and press BEAN mode for 20-22 minutes for Black Beans ,and 25 mins for Kidney/Pinto beans.

Wait for the pressure to release naturally (NPR).

Serve with your favorite toppings!

More Chili Recipes from my Kitchen:

Instant Pot Chicken ChiliInstant Pot Chicken-ChiliWhite Chicken ChiliWhite Chicken Chili- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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Weeknight Black bean chili in Instant Pot, pressure cooker chili, by Spice Cravings. This Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies, and seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat Instant Pot on SAUTE till it reads HOT. Add olive oil, onions, green pepper and sauté for 1 minute.  Then, add seasoning mix and stir for 30 seconds, this wakes up the spices. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. 

  2. Close lid, vent set to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL (High) for 5 minutes, NPR or QR after 10 minutes. If you're short on time, you can skip the sautéing,  dump all ingredients in and set the cook time.

  3. Open the lid, check for salt. Cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings- cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados, tortilla chips etc.

Notes
  1. I use Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning mix. It is a bit on the spicier side. If you want to make it mild, you can substitute with: 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 t​sp paprika, ​1/2 tsp salt,​ 1 tsp cumin, ​1​ tsp coriander powder, 1.5 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp​ brown sugar.

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Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 966mg 40%
Potassium 747mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 20.6%
Vitamin C 46.5%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 25.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    sue
    September 21, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Can I use Mole’ as a substitute for the cocoa powder?

    • Reply
      GMK
      September 21, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Hi Sue, I haven’t used mole spice blend before, but I would say ‘sure’. Just scale it back to 1 teaspoon since it has cinnamon, chile’ and some other spices in addition to chocolate. Alternatively, you can omit the cocoa/ mole altogether, the chili tastes pretty good without it too! Hope you enjoy it!

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