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Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe: A Hearty Meal

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Chili Mac is my go-to comfort food! It's hearty, spicy, and cheesy - all in one pot. Quick to whip up, perfect for those busy weeknights. Enjoy!

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Gather around, folks! I've got a hearty, one-pot wonder to share – my own spin on the classic chili mac. Imagine combining the comforting flavors of chili with the cheesy goodness of macaroni. It's like two of your favorite meals came together for a delicious dance. Plus, it's an instant pot recipe which means less cleanup - and who doesn't love that? Let's get to it!

Ingredients for Delicious Chili Mac

  • Ground beef: Adds hearty flavor and protein to the dish, creating a satisfying and filling meal for any occasion.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor and adds depth to the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the chili mac.
  • Red bell pepper: Adds sweetness and crunch, balancing the flavors and textures in the chili mac for a well-rounded dish.
  • Garlic: Infuses a rich, aromatic flavor into the dish, elevating the taste profile and adding depth to the overall flavor.
  • Diced tomatoes: Brings a burst of freshness and acidity to the dish, complementing the other ingredients and adding a vibrant color.
  • Kidney beans: Adds texture and fiber to the dish, making it more filling and nutritious while providing a creamy element.
  • Beef broth: Enhances the meaty flavor of the dish, adding depth and richness to the chili mac for a comforting meal.
  • Elbow macaroni: Provides a classic pasta element to the dish, absorbing the flavors of the chili and creating a hearty meal.
  • Chili powder: Infuses a warm, spicy kick to the dish, adding depth of flavor and a hint of heat to the chili mac.

Essential Tools for Making This Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the chili mac quickly and efficiently.
  • Spatula: Needed for stirring and sautéing ingredients in the instant pot.

Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe: A Hearty Meal

This Instant Pot Chili Mac is a hearty and delicious meal that combines the flavors of chili and macaroni for a comforting dish. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 380 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Sauté Function


Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions for topping


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and brown the ground beef.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook until softened.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, beef broth, macaroni, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once done, quick release the pressure and stir the chili mac.
  • Serve hot, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions.


This recipe is perfect for a quick and hearty meal. You can adjust the spices to your taste.


Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 21gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 780mgPotassium: 620mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Chili Mac, Hearty Meal, Instant Pot
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Can You Make Chili Mac Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the chili mac as directed in the recipe.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the chili mac as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable bags.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.

Adding a tablespoon of cocoa powder to this instant pot chili mac recipe enhances the depth of flavor and gives the dish a rich, earthy undertone.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef for a leaner option. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I make this recipe vegetarian?
Absolutely! Simply omit the ground beef and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth. You can also add more beans or veggies for extra protein and flavor.
How can I make this recipe spicier?
To add more heat to the chili mac, you can increase the amount of chili powder or add some cayenne pepper or hot sauce to suit your spice preference.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat when you're ready to enjoy them again.
Is this recipe kid-friendly?
This chili mac recipe is generally kid-friendly, but if your little ones are sensitive to spice, you can reduce the amount of chili powder or offer toppings like cheese to mellow out the flavors.

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