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Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili is the easiest chili recipe – all made in the Instant Pot!  It’s lightened up with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and quinoa – making it packed full of fiber and protein.  It’s perfect for a chilly autumn afternoon or football game day!

Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili Overhead Shot on the Dish Served in a Dark Bowl with a Spoon Next to It

Another Instant Pot recipe?!  I know, I know.  I’ve been totally loving my pressure cooker lately and I know it’s a really popular kitchen tool to have right now.  I actually have the Fagor Multi-Cooker, which has a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker all in one, but it basically functions the same as the Instant Pot.

I’m actually thinking of getting an Instant Pot, too, so I can make ALL the pressure cooker recipes and also cook things like rice and curry at the same time.  Or maybe applesauce and dinner simultaneously. Like I said last week – get ready for a ton of pressure cooker recipes!

Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili

While I love a classic beef chili, I like to lighten things up sometimes, too.  This chili is classic-tasting, in that is has the classic beans, tomatoes, and chili powder, with a little bit of a spin.  Instead of ground beef, I used ground turkey.  It’s a pretty simple swap that lightens it up a bit.  I also added sweet potatoes and quinoa for some extra protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili Closeup on the Bowl Full of Hot Delicious Dish

How Do I Make This in the Instant Pot?

In this recipe I use the Instant Pot’s saute function for the turkey, onion, and garlic. It’s so handy to be able to do this step in the Instant Pot and not have to get another pan dirty.  Once that’s done you just add the rest of the ingredients, set the pressure cooker on high for 12 minutes, and let it do the work!

I know a lot of people who are hesitant to use a pressure cooker because it seems scary, but I assure you it’s not, if you use it correctly.  It can be a little unnerving to release the pressure immediately after cooking.  It will spew out steam, so I always recommend waiting 5-10 minutes after the timer goes off to let it naturally release some of that pressure.  Then it won’t be as scary 🙂

Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili Overhead Shot of Two Bowls Served with Bread

Can I Also Make This In My Slow Cooker?

Yes!  If you don’t have an Instant Pot quite yet, you can definitely make this recipe in a slow cooker.  And if your slow cooker has a sauté function, you can basically follow the instructions and just cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low in your slow cooker.  If it doesn’t, sauté the onions and cook the ground turkey on the stovetop.  Then add it to your slow cooker, and then cook in your slow cooker as stated above.

What Should I Serve With This Chili?

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Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili

Print Rate
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


For the chili:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and diced into ~1/2" pieces
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can Pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

For topping:

  • diced avocado
  • shredded cheese
  • diced green onions
  • chopped cilantro


  • Set pressure cooker/Instant Pot to saute/brown setting.
  • Add the olive oil. Once it is hot, add the diced onion, garlic, and ground turkey.
  • Cook until the ground turkey is browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks, and the onion is translucent.
  • Add the remaining chili ingredients, season with salt, and stir to combine.
  • Cover with lid and secure pressure valve to closed.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Let the valve naturally release for 10 minutes and then slowly release the valve until pressure has fully released.
  • Remove lid and stir.
  • Serve topped with your choice of toppings. We love avocado, shredded cheese, green onions, and cilantro.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Hello! I know it’s been a year since you’ve posted, but i notice you didn’t include the beans in the final recipe. How much did you add? Looking forward to making 🙂