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Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese recipe is quick, easy and the ultimate in comfort food!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword instant pot chili mac
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 525kcal


Chili Mac Instant Pot Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or lean ground turkey
  • 6 green onions spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 bell pepper deseeded and finely cubed
  • 1 tsp garlic pureé
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • chili powder to your taste
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 cups beef broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 14 oz (400g) kidney beans drained
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese


Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Instructions:

  • Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and add the olive oil.
  • Place ground beef (or turkey) inside the Instant Pot and brown for about 5 mins. Then drain off the oil and excess liquid.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and stir in the green onion, pepper, spices, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Add in your broth of choice for this chili mac instant pot recipe, stir and make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to remove anything that may have stuck on.
  • Next, add the pasta and beans, followed by tomatoes. Do NOT mix in!
  • Cover the Instant Pot with the lid, lock, and turn the value to the sealing position.
  • Set to manual pressure, high pressure for 4 mins.
  • Perform a quick pressure release and then stir in cheese until melted.
  • Garnish you Instant Pot Chili Mac with desired herbs, serve and enjoy.


Chili Mac Instant Pot Recipe Tips

  • Please note that the cook time listed does not include time to come up to pressure or for the pressure to release.
  • To make this Pressure Cooker Chili Mac with a little extra flair, add more veggies, like sweet corn or change out the macaroni pasta for other shapes, like penne or shells.
  • Don’t have veggie broth on hand? No worries folks, this chili mac Instant Pot recipe is versatile, so you can use whatever type of broth you have on hand.
  • Feel free to add more cheese if you want a cheesier Instant Pot Chili Mac.

Instant Pot Chili Mac Serving Suggestions

Instant Pot Broccoli
Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Instant Pot Classic Cornbread

Chili Mac Instant Pot Recipe Weight Watchers Points

There are 9 Freestyle SmartPoints in one serving of Instant Pot Chili Mac.


Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 991IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 6mg