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Instant Pot No-Bean Chili

This Instant Pot No-Bean Chili is low carb and keto friendly. All of the wonderful flavors you would expect in a bowl of chili minus the beans.

Ready in less than 30 minutes and made with everyday pantry staples.

Homemade Chili

For this No-Bean chili, I use a homemade seasoning mix but if you prefer you can use a packaged variety to suit your taste.

Bowl of keto Instant Pot no-bean chili garnished with sour cream and shredded cheese.

This Instant Pot chili comes together with just a few ingredients plus the spices to make the seasoning mix.

This quick weeknight dinner pressure cooks for 10 minutes with a 10-minute natural pressure release. It takes less than 30 minutes to make this delicious low carb chili!

Low carb chili topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions.

What Ingredients are in Instant Pot No-Bean Chili?

  • Ground Beef - lean is best as it doesn't require you to drain the meat from the pot. If you want to switch out the ground beef for ground turkey, or ground chicken - no problem! Depending on what you use, you may need to drain the extra fat after browning the meat.
  • Vegetables - onion, garlic, green pepper, and tomatoes. Diced tomatoes with green chilies are best for this recipe for added flavor.
  • Beef broth - Cut the sodium by using a low-sodium variety.
  • Seasonings and Spices - Chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne. All wonderful spices to get that traditional chili flavor.
  • Salt & Pepper

RELATED: Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

Bowl of no bean chili served in a beige bowl with a side of cornbread.

How to Make This Low Carb Chili in the Instant Pot

Making this no-bean chili in the Instant Pot is easy. The first step is to set the pressure cooker to sauté and brown the meat along with the onions and minced garlic. If you don't use lean meat then you will need to drain any excess fat and return the meat and onions back to the pot.

The next step is to add in the green pepper and to sprinkle the seasoning mix over the meat. Stir to combine the spices with the meat well.

Tomato sauce and the can of diced tomatoes with green chilies are added next.

Lastly, beef broth is then added and the lid is closed as well as the vent.

Pressure cook on HIGH for 10 minutes and then allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before removing the lid. From start to finish it takes less than 30 minutes to make this low carb chili.

Serve this no-bean chili with sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Instant Pot Autumn Beef Stew

📖 Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot No-Bean Chili

Instant Pot No-Bean Chili

This Instant Pot No-Bean Chili is low carb and keto friendly. All of the wonderful flavors you would expect in a bowl of chili minus the beans.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


Chili Seasoning Mix

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne


  • 1 pound ground beef, lean (can be substituted for other ground meat)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes w/ green chilies
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • shredded cheese, for garnish
  • sour cream, for garnish
  • scallions, for garnish


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the ground beef, minced garlic, and onions. Cook until browned.
  2. Drain meat if necessary.
  3. Add the diced green pepper.
  4. Sprinkle in the seasoning mix and stir to coat the meat.
  5. Add in the beef broth, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  6. Close the lid and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
  7. Allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before removing the lid.
  8. Serve with sour cream, scallions, and shredded cheese.


Refer to your pressure cooker's instructions to safely release pressure.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 873mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 25g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Thursday 30th of November 2023

I love this recipe! I added corn & celery to it & sometimes use my crockpot instead. My fiance says it’s the best chili yet. Thank you for sharing the recipe!


Monday 12th of June 2023

I made this recipe just about as written for dinner tonight.

The only changes I made were using a diluted tomato paste in place of tomato sauce and substituting red pepper flakes for chili powder. I used half the amount called for with the red pepper flakes, as I find them stronger in spice than powder.

I did use a cornstarch slurry (2 tbs corn starch + 2 tbs water) to thicken it up at the end, as we like our chili a little on the thicker side. I served it with corn bread. It was a hit, my husband went back for thirds! :D

Husband rated this a 6/10 spice-wise, which he said was just about perfect.


Thursday 30th of March 2023

We just got an Instant Pot and are looking for recipes to try. Unfortunately even though we went by the recipe exactly it turned out way too thin and watery, more like soup than chili. I should have trusted my gut and used more tomato sauce and left out the beef broth.


Friday 23rd of December 2022

Doubled the recipe. Flavor was great, but this was a soup, not chili. Way too much liquid. Even adding cornstarch to thicken it up did not work. I’ll make again, but drain the diced tomatoes into a measuring cup then add just enough beef broth to make 1 cup.


Tuesday 18th of October 2022

I made this recipe this recipe last night. Is the chili powder amount a typo?! Wayyy too spicy and we like spicy. It burned our insides.


Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Not a typo - when it comes to chili powder you can adjust to the level you would like. :) Thanks for the feedback, I'm sure it will help someone!

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