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a white bowl full of turkey chili topped with shredded cheese and avocado

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

  • Author: Sloan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A lighter version of traditional chili, this Instant pot Turkey Chili cooks in just one pot in less and only takes a few minutes to prep. The recipe includes stovetop and crockpot cooking instructions as well as Paleo and Whole30 Chili option.


  • 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • 1 small Red Onion - Chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper - Chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic - Diced
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 2-3 tablespoons Chili Seasoning 
  • 2 cans diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes 
  • 1 can Ro-Tel
  • 1 can Green Chilis
  • 3 cans Bean of Choice* - drained and rinsed {kidney, black, navy, or pinto}
  • 1 cup frozen Corn Kernels*
  • 1 cup Water
  • Toppings: sour cream {regular or dairy-free}, cheese, green onions, diced onions, sliced jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, limes, and paleo jalapeno "cornbread." 


Instant Pot

  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the oil to the pot.
  2. Once warm, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and turkey. Completely brown the turkey while breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  3. Once fully cooked, drain the meat if needed and return to the pot.
  4. Add the chili seasoning and stir to coat the turkey fully.
  5. Add the tomatoes, Ro-Tel, beans, corn, and water.
  6. Stir the chili, cover with the lid, set to sealing, and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
  7. Once complete, allow to naturally release the steam - about 15 to 25 minutes. Once the floating valve drops, remove the lid, and serve.


Omit beans and corn for Whole30 or Paleo version. Substitute 2 cups of cubed butternut squash or sweet potatoes or 1 cup pumpkin puree for the beans. Cook time is the same.

The chili can sit on warm or low until ready to eat.

Stovetop and Crockpot Directions: 

Stovetop - Preheat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, onions, peppers, and garlic. Cook the turkey, onion, peppers, and garlic. Break the meat up with a spoon or spatula into small pieces. Drain if needed. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, stir, and cover with a lid. Reduce the cooking temperature to low and cook for 1-hour, stirring often.

Crockpot  - Turn the crockpot on high. Preheat a large pot over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Cook the turkey, onion, peppers, and garlic. Once the meat is browned, drain if needed, and add to the pre-heated crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and cover with a lid - cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: paleo chili, whole30 chili, turkey chili, instant pot chili