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Pressure-cooker white bean chili

Pressure cooker white bean chili

If you’re looking for a quick pressure-cooker meal that’s warm, satisfying, and with just enough kick to wake up your taste buds, this white bean chili might be just the recipe you need.

Pleasing to many palates, it’s ideal for a sit-down dinner on a cold day, to serve at a gathering of family and friends, or to bring to a potluck.

Chili spices cooking in an instant pot

Make in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker

Many chili recipes rely on long, slow cooking — not exactly convenient on busy days. Using a pressure cooker — especially the popular new electric versions, such as the Instant PotPower Pressure Cooker XL and Crock-Pot Express — can shorten the wait time from pot to table with no compromise in taste whatsoever. A pressure cooker may be fast, but it still ekes every bit of flavor out of each chili recipe ingredient.

Those ingredients vary widely, too. Chili is just one of those dishes with as many variations as there are cooks. Each combination of spices, meats, beans, chili peppers, cayenne peppers and other ingredients has its own distinct personality.

Making white bean chili

No traditional chili powder in this version

Red chili con carne, verde (green) chili, vegetarian chili and other chili dishes typically have one aspect in common, though: They use a chili seasoning blend as a flavor base. Chili seasoning mixes include a combination of spices such as paprika, cumin, garlic, chili pepper, red cayenne and oregano.

ANOTHER CHILI RECIPE TO TRY: Turkey chili with pumpkin, tomato and spinach

Pressure cooker white bean chili

Traditional Latin-American chili begins with chili powder and combines tomatoes and chili peppers with beef and red beans for a red chili.

By making just a few simple changes — for example, eliminating the tomatoes, swapping out the beef with chicken, trading the red beans for white, adding celery and corn — you’ll wind up with a delightfully different creamy chili that’s sure to please the hungriest of crowds.

Recipe for instant pot white bean chili

Don’t forget an array of toppings! Shredded cheeses, sour cream, lime wedges and freshly chopped cilantro top off this white bean chili with just the right amount of flair.

Pressure cooker chili

Pressure-cooker white bean chili

Yield 6–8



  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red chile powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces  
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • Two 4-ounce cans fire-roasted green chili peppers, chopped
  • Two 13.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Sour cream


  1. Place red chile powder, cumin and oregano in bottom of 6-quart electric pressure cooker set to “Saute.” Heat until spices just become fragrant. Do not overcook or burn.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon butter to spice mixture. Stir.
  3. Add onion, celery and garlic. Saute and stir mixture for 1 minute.
  4. Add chicken pieces and continue to saute until chicken begins to turn brown, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add chili peppers, chicken broth, salt and pepper.
  6. Stir to scrape up bits on bottom of pressure cooker.
  7. Add beans and corn to pressure cooker.
  8. Lock lid in place. Make certain steam valve is in proper position according to manufacturer's instructions.
  9. Select “High” for cooking method, and set time for 10 minutes.
  10. Press “Start.”
  11. When timer on pressure cooker beeps, turn off pressure cooker.
  12. Do a “slow pressure” release.
  13. Once steam has stopped, open lid carefully.
  14. Serve in soup bowls garnished with mixture of shredded cheese, lime, cilantro and/or sour cream.

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Pressure cooker white bean chili

Note: When using an electric pressure cooker on a kitchen countertop, try to position it so cabinets aren’t directly above it. The escaping steam from the appliance could harm the finish on your kitchen cabinets.

How to make Instant Pot chili

A fresh batch of pressure-cooker white bean chili

Pressure cooker white bean chili

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