Nikki’s Vegan Instant Pot Chili Beans

"This recipe evolved over a number of years when our chili-loving family became vegetarian. We needed a hearty vegetarian chili that wasn't meat-based, that was satisfying and rich, but that was quick and easy to prepare. My beans have since become a family staple and when family comes to visit, these chili beans are always waiting."

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

75 minutes

Paired With

Main Protein



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Avocado oil
Anaheim chili peppers, seeded and chopped
Sweet onion, chopped
Dried pinto beans or bean blend
Organic vegetarian bacon bits
Vegetable broth
Canned diced tomatoes
Canned chipotle peppers, chopped
Chili powder
Smoked Spanish paprika
Ground black pepper
Cocoa powder
Lemon juice
Salt to taste
Shredded cheddar
Sliced avocado
Diced onion
Chopped cilantro
Sour cream


  1. Rinse and sort beans, set aside (no soaking necessary when using a pressure cooker)
  2. Using a blend of olive oil and avocado oil, saute onions, garlic, and both types of chili peppers in Instant Pot on saute setting.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients in instant pot, EXCEPT for canned tomatoes, lemon juice, and salt.
  4. Turn off “keep warm” setting.
  5. Use “high” pressure cooker setting for 60 minutes
  6. Let rest 20 minutes before releasing steam.
  7. After 20 minutes, release steam
  8. Stir well, add diced tomatoes, lemon juice, and salt to taste. (Salt is sometimes not necessary depending on what broth you use; careful not to overdo it.)
  9. Use pressure cooker setting “high” for 15 more minutes.
    NOTE: Watch the pot on the second run of pressure cooking! If it gives you a “burn” alert, turn off the pressure cooker and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. It will self-cook the rest of the way even without pressure.
  10. Serve hot with a selection of toppings.