Instant Pot Vegetable Chili
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Instant Pot Vegetable Chili

The classic perfect vegetarian chili recipe, reinterpreted for the Instant Pot.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 183.37kcal
Author: Katie Workman


  • 1 medium-size eggplant unpeeled, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 2 medium-size yellow onions cut into ¼ -inch dice
  • 4 cloves  garlic finely chopped
  • 2 large green bell peppers cored, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 1 can (35 ounces) Italian plum tomatoes
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh ripe Italian plum tomatoes cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 cup canned dark red kidney beans drained
  • 1 cup canned chick-peas garbanzos, drained
  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill
  • ½ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

To Serve


  • Place the eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Let stand for 1 hour. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Press Saute and use the Saute or the Adjust button to select the lowest temperature, which might say “Less”. Place 1 tablespoon of  the olive oil in the inner pot and let it heat up.  Add half the eggplant and sauté until almost tender. Remove the eggplant to a plate, and repeat with 1 more tablespoon of olive oil and the rest of the eggplant.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in the Instant Pot. Add the onions, garlic, and green peppers and sauté just until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the the eggplant with any juices, the canned tomatoes with their liquid, fresh tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, and fennel seeds. Stir well. Close and lock the lid. Set the valve to Venting.  Attach the condensation collector.  Press Cancel, then Press Slow Cook and use the Slow Cook or Adjust button to select the middle temperature (“Normal”).  Use the + or – button to set the time to 4 hours. 
  • When the cooking time is finished, press Cancel and remove the lid.
  • Stir in the kidney beans, chick-peas, dill, parsley and lemon juice. Replace the lid and use the Slow Cook or Adjust button to reselect the middle temperature, and the + or – button to set the time for another 30 minutes, until everything is hot and tender and your house smells great. Stir well and taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Serve hot with rice and sour cream, scallions and lots of shredded cheddar cheese.


Calories: 183.37kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.58g | Protein: 6.03g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 1500.39mg | Potassium: 880.92mg | Fiber: 8.92g | Sugar: 9.84g | Vitamin A: 2140.79IU | Vitamin C: 59.67mg | Calcium: 130.68mg | Iron: 4.43mg