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Chili is one of my favorite cold weather foods. Focusing on adding more vegetables into my diet, I decided to make homemade vegetarian chili in the instant pot for dinner.

I’ve had my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) for about six months now. I’m sure you have either seen other bloggers, a friend, or a family member rave about how great they are. You may have heavily contemplated whether or not this small appliance is really worth it.

Vegetarian Instant Pot Chili Recipe (Electric Pressure Cooker)

Just the way smart phones changed your life, the same is true for the Instant Pot. This small and convenient appliance will change the way that you cook and look at cooking for the better.

My favorite aspect of the Instant Pot is how much time it saves me when preparing meals for my family. Meals like chili, that would normally need to simmer all day, can be ready in as little as a half an hour.

I love how quick and convenient the Instant Pot is. I also loved that I was able to toss out other small appliances and declutter my cabinets because the Instant Pot replaces their purpose. For example, I no longer need a separate rice cooker because the Instant Pot does a fantastic job of perfectly cooking all varieties of rice (my personal favorite is jasmine).

Vegetarian Instant Pot Chili Recipe (Electric Pressure Cooker)

Vegetarian Instant Pot Chili
Get dinner on the table fast with this hearty Vegetarian Chili recipe that is made in an Instant Pot. Forget simmering all day, this vegetarian chili recipe goes from electric pressure cooker to your table in less than an hour.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 cans light red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 vidalia onion chopped (about 1/2-1 cup)
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)


  • Add all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Close the lid and set the valve to sealed on your Instant Pot to retain pressure while cooking.
  • Press the bean/chili button on the Instant Pot or on an electric pressure cooker select the high pressure function for 30 minutes.
  • Once the cook time is complete, use the quick release valve until all steam has been released from the pot before removing the lid to serve.
  • Top with your favorite type of cheese if desired. Best served with a side of rice (like jasmine or parboiled), tortilla chips, or saltine crackers.
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Not a Vegetarian? Looking for a Meat version?

Not to worry, check out this Southern Chili recipe that you can make in the crockpot. There is no better comfort food when the cold weather hits.

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Vegetarian Instant Pot Chili Recipe (Electric Pressure Cooker)

Heather began blogging in 2004 providing a glimpse into her domestic life. Over the years her writing topics have changed but one thing has remained the same, her love for preparing homemade, southern-style recipes for her family. When not dealing with household chores or cooking delicious recipes, she can be found homeschooling her two high school boys.


  1. Made it and it was delicious! Definitely keeping the recipe! Thank you!

    • That is so great, Cindy. Thank you for coming back and commenting on how it turned out. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

  2. Just made it for dinner and this was so quick and delicious! Thank you!

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