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Simple Instant Pot Ground Pork Chili

by Kristen

When you’ve had enough ground beef chili, I encourage you to try using ground pork!  Ground pork is a budget-friendly ingredient that is packed with loads of flavor!  Adding ground pork instead of beef is a great way to switch up your chili repertoire!  This Chili is super easy to cook up in your Instant Pot, cooking in mere few minutes.  Here in Iowa, you find more than pigs than people. This Chili is a classic Midwest treat, especially when you add a cinnamon roll on the side!

Every family has its favorite chili recipe.  Chili is one of those dishes where I love playing around with the flavors.   I have an extensive collection of Instant Pot Chili Recipes on this website.  If you have never cooked with ground pork, I highly encourage you to try it!  Ground Pork is much less expensive than ground beef and produces a big flavor!   This Recipe is super simple to whip up and will please your entire family!

Where do you purchase ground pork?

Check the meat department at your local grocery store for ground pork.  I always find it at my local butcher when I am unable to find it at grocery supercenters.  I have also recently started seeing ground pork available at ALDI.

Here in Iowa, we love our Chili with a gooey cinnamon roll on the side!

Cinnamon Rolls with Chili?

In some regions of the Midwest, Chili is traditionally served with a cinnamon roll on the side.  This unexpected combination is a classic in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  The origin of eating cinnamon rolls and Chili, according to the Des Moines Register, Marietta Abarr began working as a school cook in 1944.  She became well-known for her home-cooked meals.  Chili was cinnamon rolls was her famous dish.  In certain areas, cinnamon rolls and Chili have been a staple in elementary school cafeterias since the 1960s.

We also love eating pumpkin muffins with Chili in our house!

Why do you make Chili in your Instant Pot?

Time is the reason why I usually make Chili in my Instant Pot.  You can make Chili from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.  However, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can quickly adapt this Recipe for the stovetop or your slow cooker.

Only a few ingredients are needed for this Recipe

Ground pork

Canned Chili Beans




Canned Diced Tomatoes

Tomato Paste

1 cup of water

that’s it!

5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Ground Pork Chili

Servings 5


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 15 ounce cans chili marinated beans
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup water


  1. Set your Instant pot to the saute setting

  2. Add olive oil, ground pork, onion, garlic, and celery to the inner pot of your Instant Pot.

  3. Brown pork, but don't worry about cooking it all the way through. Saute until onions and celery are transparent.

  4. Add chili beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, and water to the inner pot.

  5. Secure lid to your Instant pot and set the pressure release valve to " sealing"

  6. Pressure cook for 12 minutes. Quick-Release pressure

  7. Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting again. Saute and stir chili to thicken it up a bit.

  8. Serve

This Chili tastes incredible!  Your family will love the slight switch-up in this Chili.  You will be able to taste the flavor that the ground pork adds to this dish!

If you make this Chili, or if you try cinnamon rolls with your Chili, please let me know!  Comment below or tag me on social media!








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1 comment

Linda February 1, 2023 - 9:32 pm

5 stars
Skipped the cinnamon roll but the chili was good.


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