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Pressure Cooker Beanless Quinoa Chili

by Kristen

I am #sorrynotsorry that I am posting another chili recipe.   This chili is a recipe that I dumped in my pressure cooker last weekend because I needed a dish to serve my parents and my husband’s parents lunch after my son’s birthday party.  I thought this chili turned out so delicious, that I ended up making it again this week for meal prep lunches! 

Why is it that whenever I am scouring the internet for fun and new recipes I have nowhere to go to show them off, but when I actually have people over, I am almost always in a pinch to find something to serve them?  Just a thought.   When you need to serve lunch to a crowd during the winter time, I don’t think anything can be more perfect than chili.  You can make it ahead, and just put it out with a few toppings.  

I had a guest for lunch last weekend who isn’t currently eating beans.  So there aren’t any beans in this chili.  You can add some if you like, although it isn’t necessary.  The quinoa and the corn in this recipe make this chili hearty and filling. 

Here is a video for you so you can see that I literally dumped ingredients in my pressure cooker.  ( I use an Instant Pot Duo.

Pressure Cooker Quinoa Chili


  • 1 pound of ground beef 
  •  14.5 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes 
  • 28 ounces can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • A 10-ounce bag of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of rinsed quinoa 
  • 1 cup of water 

Method: Set your pressure cooker to the saute setting and cook ground beef.  Drain beef and return it to the pressure cooker pot.   Add fire roasted tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped green onions, chili powder, oregano, frozen corn and rinsed quinoa.  Add one cup of water.    Close pressure cooker lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  Let the chili naturally release.  Serve!

This chili was outstanding!  ( well duh, I made it twice in one week!).  I absolutely love beans in my chili but didn’t miss them at all in this recipe.   Again, I apologize for all the chili recipes, and I have another one in the works for after Christmas!   


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