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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

This quick and easy turkey chili is a favorite meal in my family!  It takes only 10 minutes in the Instant Pot and will just as quickly become your favorite too!

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Why should I make chili with turkey?

Substituting ground turkey for beef in chili is a healthy option for those who are monitoring their fat consumption or counting calories. The leanest cut of beef has 5% fat. But, you can easily find a 99% fat-free turkey at grocery store. While 99% fat-free turkey has far fewer calories than beef, the 85/15 versions of both meats have nearly the same calories. Since both meats have nearly the same amount of protein, substituting turkey for beef in chili is an excellent choice for health-conscious cooking.


Which kind of pepper should I add to my chili? There are many different kinds of chili peppers that people choose to add to chili. I add jalapeno and poblano peppers to my Turkey Chili because I like the subtle kick they give to the chili’s overall flavor.

What is ancho chili powder? Ancho chili powder is made from dried poblano peppers. It has mild to medium heat, and when mixed with cumin, ancho chili powder gives your Turkey Chili a smoky flavor.

Can I add extra veggies to my Turkey Chili? Absolutely! Give your chili a nutrient boost by adding carrots or squash to the mix.

ground turkey in an instant pot


How do I remove ribs and seeds from peppers? Simply use a paring knife to cut each pepper into quarters, then cut away the seeds and ribs. This will ensure that the chili doesn’t get too spicy. Leave a few in there if you’d like a “hotter” dish.

Should I use the chili setting on my Instant Pot? For this recipe we are simply using the basic high pressure setting.

Serving Suggestions

What’s the best way to serve Turkey Chili? Most people serve Turkey Chili topped with cheese and sour cream, Offering crushed tortilla chips as a topping will give your chili some more texture and crunch. If you’re feeling adventurous, do what my family does: top your Turkey chili with tater tots!

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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

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This quick and easy turkey chili is a favorite meal in my family!  It takes only 10 minutes in the Instant Pot and will just as quickly become your favorite too!
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Pressurize:15 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 14 oz fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Heat Instant Pot on saute and add olive oil and ground turkey
  • Brown turkey until cooked through
  • Turn of Instant Pot
  • Remove stems, ribs and seeds from peppers and dice finely
  • Peel and dice onion
  • Add peppers, onions and remaining ingredients to Instant Pot and stir to combine
  • Cover and seal Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 10 minutes
  • Once cooking time has completed, allow at least 5 minutes for natural pressure release before releasing remaining pressure


  • Remove ribs/seeds from peppers for a mild chili
  • Keep some seeds in for spicier chili
  • Add extra veggies if desired (carrots, squash, etc.)
  • Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, ttater tots


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 846mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1388IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 262kcal

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