Chili a easy and comforting recipe that everyone seems to enjoy. This simple yet flavorful recipe can be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.

Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Old Fashioned Chili

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 lb sausage (uncased)
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil (for pressure cooker)


Slow Cooker

Optional but recommended step is to brown the ground meat & sausage in a skillet over medium heat & drain the fat before adding the meat to the slow cooker.

  1. Add all other ingredients to slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  2. Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8.

Instant Pot

  1. Turn on the IP and select Sauté. Once hot add oil, ground meat, sausage, and onion to the pot.  Cook 5-7 minutes, crumbling the meat as it cooks. You might need to do this in batches. Add garlic & cook an additional minute. Drain fat excess fat if needed.
  2. Stir in kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, oregano, and pepper.
  3. Pour crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce on top. Do not stir.
  4. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 20 minutes. Quick release pressure.
  5. Stir & serve.


Nutritional facts calculated using lean ground beef and pork sausage