Instant pot Beef chili (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

Instant Pot Beef Chili (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

 When I made the delicious and easy nomato sauce that I just posted recently, I knew that this sauce would help to create a lot of delicious dishes! This Beef Chili is just one of them! Creating a nightshade free chili is definitely challenging! But I think I finally got it right as this one is amazing you guys!  And it is so easy to make too.

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!

What do you add in a Paleo chili to make up for the beans? Some starchy veggies definitely right? Mickey Trescott has a lovely nutrient dense 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!

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Instant Pot Beef Chili (Paleo, AIP)
Cuisine: AIP
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Serves: 3 - 4
A tomato and bean free beef chili that is tangy, wholesome and full of flavor!
  • 2 strips of bacon, chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ of a medium red onion (or yellow onion), chopped fine
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped fine (about 2 tbsp)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef (completely thawed)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin (Omit for AIP)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into ½ inch cubes
  • ½ of a large green plantain, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup nomato sauce (see recipe on my website)
  • 1½ cups beef bone broth (or water)
  • Additional sea salt (if needed)
  • ½ tsp ground cumin (optional)
For garnish:
  • avocado slices
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • scallions, chopped fine
  • red onion, chopped fine
  • 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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  1. A rare event happened in my household last night. I made this chili, along with your no-tomato sauce recipe, and left it for my husband and son to have for dinner, since I had a meeting. When I got back, they were raving about the recipe and wondered why I had not doubled it. THANK YOU!!!! Can’t wait to try more of your creations. 2 of us are on the AIP diet, and you are going to be a great resource! Thanks again. (PS. I haven’t even tried it yet b/c it’s all gone.)

    • That’s so awesome! So wonderful to hear that your non AIP family also loved it! Do you have my cookbook? I am sure you will love that too! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Aww….Deborah I miss you and all the other ladies too! But I have been so busy which speaks to why I had to leave! To answer your question, I have Preethi Brand for food processor. It is an Indian brand and is good for grinding coconut and nuts etc into a fine paste. It comes with two jars – a small and a big one. Here is the link to get it from amazon :
      Are you on instagram? You can follow me there @cook2nourish. Also on youtube where I post my cooking videos regularly. Take care and Much love to you! ~ Indira

  2. Cumin isn’t allowed during the elimination phase of AIP-it’s a reintroduction. Can you add a disclaimer so people don’t get confused? That’s what makes chili recipes so hard for those on AIP…can you think of a sub for the cumin? Just leaving it out takes away a lot of the flavor.

    • Hello, yes cumin is not AIP. I missed adding a note next to it. Edited it now. thanks for pointing it out. Have you tried black salt called as Kala Namak? That can give a slightly similar pungent flavor as cumin.

  3. Yum! This looks so dang good! I love the idea of adding a green plantain for a starchy vegetable! So many paleo chili recipes call for sweet potatoes, but I think they make the chili too sweet. Especially when we can’t have nightshades to spice it up. I’ll have to give this chili a try. Chili was one of my favorite comfort foods pre-AIP.

    • Yes you are right about sweet potato making it sweet. That’s the reason I was looking for something a bit more savory. Green plantains are perfect in this recipe! thanks so much for your comment!

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