Chipotle Bratwurst Chili made in the Instant Pot

What About Chili in the Instant Pot

chili in the instant pot

I have to tell you, cooking chili in the instant pot is fun and rewarding. I have tried many different chili recipes in my life and when we got ourselves an instant pot, I couldn’t wait!

One thing I had a problem with at the beginning was getting the dreaded burn notice. My worst enemy. I’ve learned a lot about layering, when to add liquids, and when to stir.

Pressure cooking your chili physically pushes the flavors of your ingredients into your food using the right amount of some sort of liquid. It also breaks down tough fibers into tender deliciousness.

Chili in the instant pot

Why Chipotle Peppers?

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce have a very specific smoky flavor that can take an existing recipe to a whole ‘nother level. Have you ever tried chipotle chicken? It’s amazing. So, why not add some chipotle peppers to your favorite chili recipe.

Photo by Andrew Coop on Unsplash
Photo by Andrew Coop on Unsplash

What about Bratwurst?

Removing bratwurst casing.

Bratwurst is an easy going flavor that I have always loved. I have to admit, most of the time when I eat bratwurst, it’s cooked in beer and pinched between a sliced bun with onions and peppers. I did not want to add another powerful flavor to compete with the chipotle in our chili.

You can always use different sausages or use a smoky sausage instead of adding chipotle peppers. The possibilities are endless and why stay within the parameters of tradition.

How do you Make Chipotle Bratwurst Chili?

Chipotle Bratwurst Chili in the Instant Pot

A classic southwestern ground hamburger and three bean chili with the unmistakable flavors of chipotle peppers and bratwurst pressure cooked in our instant pot.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bratwurst, chili, chipotle
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Pressure Cooker Building Pressure: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: David Wayne


  • Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board


Bottom Mixed Layer

  • 1 lb Ground Hamburger
  • 1 lb Bratwurst uncooked and casings removed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic sliced
  • 1 Brown Onion chopped small
  • 15 oz can Pinto Beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz can Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz can Kidney Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Onion or onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed Red Peppers
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Top Not Mixed Layer

  • 15 oz can Corn with the Liquid
  • 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 4-8 Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce (8 delivers a stronger chipotle flavor)


Bottom Mixed Layer

  • Rub 1 Tbsp of olive oil onto the inside of the instant pot with a paper towel
  • Press Sauté on the instant pot and when the pot is HOT, drop in 1 pound of ground hamburger
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the casing on one side of each bratwurst and remove the casing
  • Drop the bratwurst into the instant pot with the hamburger
  • Break the hamburger and bratwurst into small chunks with a flat wooden spatula
  • Let the burger and bratwurst brown for 5 minutes, stir and chop into smaller pieces, and brown for another 5 minutes
  • Cancel sauté and drain the fat from the meat
  • *I use an Instant Pot slow cooker lid to hold the meat in while I drain out the fat into aluminum foil pressed into my kitchen sink, watch my video to see me do it
  • Drain the pinto, black, and kidney beans and add them to the meat in the instant pot
  • Chop 1 onion and slice 4 cloves of garlic
  • Add the chopped onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, black pepper, salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin, granulated garlic, oregano, crushed red peppers, and cayenne pepper to the instant pot
  • Stir the ingredients well

Top Not Mixed Layer

  • Pour in 1 can of corn with the liquid and diced tomatoes with the liquid into the instant pot
  • Use a spoon to spread corn and tomatoes evenly over the top
  • Evenly pour 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce over the corn and diced tomatoes
  • Spoon 3 Tbsp tomato paste and add 4-8 chipotle peppers on top, do not stir
  • Put the instant pot lid on, seal the pressure release valve, and pressure cook for 20 minutes with a 15 minute natural pressure release
  • Release what pressure is left after 15 minutes of natural pressure release and remove the lid
  • Stir the ingredients well with a wooden spatula scraping the bottom clean
  • Ladle chipotle bratwurst chili into bowls and top with your favorite toppings, like shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, diced white onions, and cheese its
  • Enjoy your magnificent chipotle bratwurst chili!


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Tools and Appliances that make Cooking in our 30 Foot RV Fun and Easy

Instant Pot 8 quart

Air Fryer 5 quart

Mac Knife I LOVE

EVO Oil Sprayer that works the best for the air fryer

Flat Wooden Spatula good for scraping and stirring in the instant pot

Cookie Spatula perfect for the air fryer

Plastic Cutting Board Set easy clean up

Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons

Pyrex Measuring Cups very convenient

Kitchen Tongs

Gravy Whisk I love this whisk!

Instant Pot Egg Holder for Hard Boiled Eggs

Egg Bite Molds

Steamer Basket for the Instant Pot tough and solid, can take a scrubbing

Slow Cooker Lid for the Instant Pot

Lemon Zester works great for zesting citrus and FINE shredding cheese

Trivet for the Instant Pot

Ladle fits good in my hand

Minion steam diverter in case you have a shelf over your instant pot

Kitchen Timer it’s nice to have more than one or two

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