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Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Comfort

Time: Approximately 20 minutes. Cook
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Chili, a hearty and flavorful dish, has a rich history dating back to Native American cuisines, with each region of the United States putting its own spin on this classic. Today, we’re diving into a comforting and satisfying version of chili that’s perfect for vegetarians and busy home cooks alike: Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Comfort. This dish embodies the spirit of chili with its robust flavors and spices, but with a plant-based twist. It’s a quick and easy recipe, making it ideal for those busy weeknights when you crave something warm and filling.


Step 1: Sauté the Aromatics

  • Start by setting your Instant Pot to “Sauté” mode and add the olive oil. Let it heat up for a minute.
  • Add the diced onion and garlic, sauté until they become translucent and fragrant, usually about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced bell peppers, carrots, celery, and zucchini. Sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.

Step 2: Season and Add Ingredients

  • Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to the sautéed vegetables. Stir well to coat the veggies evenly with the spices.

Step 3: Add Beans and Tomatoes

  • Pour in the diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans. Stir everything together, combining the vegetables, spices, and beans into a flavorful mixture.

Step 4: Pour in Liquids

  • Add the vegetable broth and tomato sauce to the Instant Pot, stirring to combine. The liquid should cover all the ingredients nicely.

Step 5: Pressure Cook

  • Close the Instant Pot lid, making sure the steam release valve is set to the sealing position.
  • Set your Instant Pot to “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode and select a cooking time of 10 minutes. The Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure before the countdown begins.

Step 6: Natural Release

  • Once the cooking time is up, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for about 10-15 minutes. This helps to meld the flavors and prevents any splattering when you release the remaining pressure.

Step 7: Finish and Serve

  • Carefully open the steam release valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid and give the chili a good stir. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add cooked quinoa at this point.
  • Serve hot in bowls, optionally garnished with shredded cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, or a dollop of sour cream for added richness.

Conclusion: There you have it, a comforting bowl of Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Comfort. This dish is not only delicious but also nutritious, packed with vegetables, beans, and a medley of spices. It’s perfect for vegetarians, but it’s so flavorful that even meat-eaters will savor every bite. The Instant Pot streamlines the cooking process, making this recipe accessible for busy individuals seeking a warm, satisfying meal. So, whether you’re enjoying it on a chilly evening or as a crowd-pleaser at a potluck, this Vegetarian Chili Comfort is sure to be a hit. Enjoy!


prep time
ion Time: About 15 minutes.
cooking time
Time: Approximately 20 minutes.
Servings: 6
total time
me: Around 45 minutes.


  • Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)

  • Wooden spoon

  • Cutting board

  • Knife

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Ladle

  • Serving bowls


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 bell peppers (any color), diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 1 zucchini, diced

  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spiciness)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (optional, for extra heartiness)


Sauté aromatics.
Season and add ingredients.
Pour in liquids.
Pressure cook and serve.
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