Spring is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy this Instant Pot turkey chili recipe. It’s healthy, easy to make and only 1 Freestyle point on Weight Watchers.
Even though the weather is warming up, I still have cravings for a good chili recipe. I actually love chilis – check out my easy beef chili recipe or another Instant Pot steak chili recipe. And I love how easy they are to make.
What I love most is that you can do all of the meal prep during the weekends to make weeknight dinner making that much easier. Because we all need the ease of making dinner. (Shoutout to all the working moms out there).
Speaking of working moms, can we talk about weekend meal prep and planning? I try to plan out our meals for the week on the weekends and do the grocery shopping. Then on Sundays, I can chop all the veggies that I need for the meals that week.
There is something wonderful about coming home from a long day at work and already having the most challenging part of the meal prep done. I keep each recipes veggies in their own baggies to make it even easier. Boom!
Common Instant Pot Questions:
As with all new kitchen appliances, there was hesitation. However, after reading the user manual. This helped me tremendously in feeling more comfortable learning to use it. I was still hesitant, but the manual helped to make me feel more comfortable.
The manual has a very simple easy “test” to complete to help you learn how to use it. And while there are still things I am not 100% sure how to do, I feel so much better with my Instant Pot now.
These are the 2 ways to release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
Quick release will begin to release the pressure immediately. To start a quick release, you can turn to nob on the lid from “Sealing” to “Venting”
Natural release will naturally release the pressure from the Instant Pot. This process can take a while to fully release the pressure, but typically takes between 10-15 minutes to complete.
Either option will work for any of my recipes, but I typically use Quick releases. I mainly use a Quick release because that means I can eat my food quicker!
Yes, you can definitely combine the two options. An easy way to do this is to do a Natural release for about 5 minutes and then a Quick release for the remaining pressure.
To me, the easiest way to to know the difference is that Sauté mode is only used when the lid is off. If the lid is on and locked into place, Manual mode can be used.
Sauté mode is one of my favorite features of the Instant Pot because it lets you sauté or brown anything before you cook it. This means that you can truly use only 1 pot for most of your meals since you can cook those onions, garlic, or whatever before you lock the lid and set it to manual mode.
Manual mode is where you can choose the different cooking times (these are the times that it takes to cook the food AFTER it has come up to pressure). The manual has a great guide for setting cooking times based on what you are making.
If I am ever in doubt, I will use the manual and look up the meat or main item. This will give me a great guide to use for how long to cook something. It also can help detail if it’s fresh or frozen meat or dry beans. The manual is amazing.
The pressure gauge is located on the lid near the Venting/Sealing nozzle. When the Instant Pot comes to pressure and is cooking your dish, the pressure gauge will be UP. This means that the Instant Pot is at pressure.
Make sure the pressure gauge is DOWN before you open the lid. You should be able to hear a pop sound when it goes back down. This means that you can safely open the lid and enjoy your meal.
Unrelated to this recipe: But does any mom have advice for birthday cakes that are egg free and still taste decent? We recently found out that our son is allergic to eggs (still working out if it’s egg yolk or egg whites), but his 1st birthday is quickly approaching.
So I am trying to plan ahead and think about his cake options that won’t have him breaking out in hives. Any suggestions? You get bonus points if you have a bakery in Atlanta that I can order his cake from.
To make this Instant Pot Turkey Chili recipe:
With the lid off, heat the Instant Pot to SAUTE. Add the olive oil and ground turkey and saute until cooked through, breaking up as it cooks.
Add the onion, peppers, garlic, beans, tomatoes and spices. Stir to combine. Lock the lid and cook on MANUAL for 8 minutes.
When cooking is complete, use a Quick Release to release the pressure of the Instant Pot. Ladle the chili into bowls. Top with shredded cheese and/or sour cream and enjoy.
What is your favorite Instant Pot recipe?
Instant Pot Turkey Chili
- 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 large red peppers chopped
- 2 large green peppers chopped
- 1 small red onion chopped
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 15 ounce can chili beans of your choice
- 15 ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
- With the lid off, heat the Instant Pot to SAUTE. Add the olive oil and ground turkey and saute until cooked through, breaking up as it cooks.
- Add the onion, peppers, garlic, beans, tomatoes and spices. Stir to combine. Lock the lid and cook on MANUAL for 8 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, use a Quick Release to release the pressure of the Instant Pot. Ladle the chili into bowls. Top with shredded cheese and/or sour cream and enjoy.