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
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp oil (for IP)


Slow Cooker

Optional 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 to the pot.
  2. Add sausage, beef, onion, and garlic and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes, crumbling the meat as it cooks. You might need to do this in batches.  Drain fat and remove from Instant Pot if needed.
  3. Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  4. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 20 minutes. Quick release pressure.


Nutritional facts calculated using lean ground beef and pork sausage