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Healthy Instant Pot Bison Chili

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Healthy Instant Pot Bison Chili

We FINALLY used the Instant Pot for something other than eggs and quinoa! Even if you don't have an Instant Pot, keep reading...you can make this in a crock pot!

We make this bison chili almost every week in the crock pot. A few weeks ago we decided to try it out in the Instant Pot and it was a keeper! I LOVE the fact that I can do everything right in the Instant Pot, which means I only have to clean ONE item! I can saute the onions and garlic add all of the ingredients and then just press a button. It took us less than 5 minutes to get everything started and then the Instant Pot did the rest of the work.


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We even made a quick time-lapse how-to video for InstagramWatch how to make our Healthy Instant Pot Bison Chili.

We have the 6 quart Instant Pot (it has over 22,000 customer reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars!

Healthy Instant Pot Bison Chili

Healthy Instant Pot Bison Chili

  • 1 lb ground beef, bison, or chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-10 oz cans of diced tomatoes & green chilies
  • 1-15 oz can of black beans (drained)
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mustard (spicy, regular or a combination of both)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (to saute onions and garlic)


  1. Saute the onion and garlic in the Instant Pot (press the saute button and add olive oil, onion, and garlic).
  2. Once onions are translucent add your meat (ground chicken, beef, or bison) to the pot and cook until brown. Once cooked, drain if desired.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, cover and lock the lid. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot, then press the “Chili/Stew” button to begin the pressure cooking. It will automatically be set for 30 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is closed.
  4. Once the chili is done, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to the “Keep Warm” mode. Allow the pressure to release naturally or use the quick release.
  5. Top with cheese, cilantro, or green onions - if desired.

If using a crockpot, saute the onion and garlic and brown the meat in a separate pan. Add the onion, garlic, and meat to the crockpot. Add all remaining ingredients and cook on low for 4 hours.

This recipe is perfect for food prep! We portion ours out and when it's time to eat we mix in quinoa and warm it up!

Healthy Instant Pot Bison Chili