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Instant Pot Beef Chili (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

The most important flavors in a chili come from tomatoes and peppers. Ever since I created my new ‘Nomato sauce‘, I have been dying to try it in a curry or stew recipe! So this recipe was a perfect one to test it!

Magic Chili recipe where she adds parsnips and beets. My husband does not like beets in soups or stews so I wanted to try adding another vegetable. I thought of sweet potato but since that would lend a sweet taste to the chili, I wasn’t sure. And then I opened my refrigerator and saw a green plantain inside. And I thought that would be perfect in the chili recipe!

So thus this recipe was born! And I have already made it a couple times now. It was a huge hit with the family! I love it just as is – a large bowl of it topped with some avocado slices and sliced onions and cilantro. My family likes to have it with some grain free roti on the side. This would also be great with some cassava chips or plantain chips!

Instant Pot Beef Chili (Paleo, AIP)

Cuisine: AIP

Author: Indira Shyju

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 3 – 4

A tomato and bean free beef chili that is tangy, wholesome and full of flavor!


  1. 2 strips of bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

  2. 1/2 of a medium red onion (or yellow onion), chopped fine

  3. 3 large garlic cloves, chopped fine (about 2 tbsp)

  4. 2 celery stalks, chopped

  5. 1 lb grass fed ground beef (completely thawed)

  6. 1 tbsp dried oregano

  7. 1 tsp dried parsley

  8. 1/2 tsp black pepper powder (omit for AIP)

  9. 1 tsp ground cumin (Omit for AIP)

  10. 1/2 tsp sea salt

  11. 1 medium carrot, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

  12. 1/2 of a large green plantain, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

  13. 1/2 cup nomato sauce (see recipe on my website)

  14. 1 1/2 cups beef bone broth (or water)

  15. Additional sea salt (if needed)

  16. 1/2 tsp ground cumin (optional)

  17. For garnish:

  18. avocado slices

  19. fresh cilantro chopped

  20. scallions, chopped fine

  21. red onion, chopped fine

  22. lime wedges


  1. Press saute mode on the Instant pot. Add the chopped bacon pieces and saute until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Next add the chopped onions, garlic and celery. Saute on medium heat for 2 minutes stirring frequently. Next add the ground beef and saute for about 2 minutes breaking the lumps of meat and let them brown slightly. Make sure to stir frequently.

  2. Next add all the spices along with the salt and stir for 30 seconds. Then add the carrots and plantain pieces. Add the nomato sauce and the bone broth (or water). Stir well to mix. Close the lid. Turn valve to sealing position.

  3. Press Cancel and then press ‘Pressure Cook’. Change time manually to 10 minutes.

  4. Once the pressure cooking time is over and the Instant pot beeps, you can either manually release pressure or wait for the pressure to release naturally.

  5. Open the pot and check the chili for seasoning adding more salt if needed and also adding extra ground cumin (if desired).

  6. Transfer the chili into individual serving bowls and top with the garnishes. Serve warm.


If you are able to tolerate some chili peppers, then you can replace the black pepper with a mild chili pepper like kashmiri red chilli powder


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