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Instant Pot Chili Mac

This Instant Pot chili mac is a fantastic one pot dinner recipe, perfect for quick and easy weeknight dinners. Ground beef, macaroni and chili ingredients are cooked together in a pressure cooker, for a tasty homemade meal in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Time to Pressure10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, instant pot, macaroni, one pot dinner, pressure cooker
Servings: 8
Calories: 467kcal
Author: Tonje



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans
  • 2 ½ cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (UK: passata)
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder


  • Dice the pepper and onion, and grate the garlic.
  • Add ground beef, onion and vegetable oil to your Instant Pot, and saute on the saute setting for about 5 minutes, or until the beef has browned.
  • Add garlic and seasoning to the Instant Pot, and saute for another minute.
  • Add macaroni, drained and rinsed black beans, tomato sauce, canned diced tomatoes and water to the Instant Pot. Turn off saute setting, and stir to combine all the ingredients.
  • Then, seal the lid, and cook on MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK setting on high pressure for 4 minutes. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure before it starts counting down.
  • Perform a quick release of the pressure according to the manufacturers instructions, and remove the lid from the pot.
  • Stir in shredded cheddar, and leave the chili mac to rest for a minute while the cheese melts.



  • This recipe has only been tested in a 6 qt Instant Pot.
  • Store leftover chili mac in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze them for up to 6 months.


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 916IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 4mg