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This Instant Pot Turkey Chili is just the stuff to warm you up this winter season. Packed with spicy Andouille sausage, chunks of juicy turkey, corn, green chilies and Fritos, this easy turkey chili is the perfect way to use up that leftover turkey!
Chili is literally one of the best winter time comfort foods. Meaty, spicy, and packed with Cajun flavor, this Instant Pot Turkey Chili is also super easy to make. Because the Instant Pot makes meals just so quick and easy.
Don’t have an Instant Pot yet? Decide if it’s for you in this full Instant Pot Review.
Have a crap ton of leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner? Make this amazing turkey chili.
No leftovers? That’s ok, I promise you still want to make this chili. You can use any kind of turkey in this turkey chili recipe.
Not only is it incredibly flavorful on it’s own, but is just droolworthy with some gooey cheddar cheese, a big spoon of sour cream and a handful of salty, crunchy Fritos. Yes Fritos. It’s awesome. The best turkey chili ever. Seriously.
**If chili is your thing, try out this Instant Pot Spicy Beef and Poblano Chili – it’s absolutely incredible and perfect for cool weather**
The Ingredients for Instant Pot Turkey Chili
Turkey, obviously, is the first ingredient. This is an absolutely awesome way to use up some of that leftover turkey from the holidays, but can also be made with store bough diced turkey breast or ground turkey. If you’re making it with ground turkey, brown the turkey first.
Andouille sausage is another key ingredient. It adds a spicy, smoky, just mouthwateringly delicious flavor to the chili. Andouille sausage can be found in most grocery stores with the other smoked sausages. If you can’t find Andouille sausage, you can substitute it with any smoked sausage.
The beer is optional in the recipe but highly recommended. It helps to tenderize all the meat so you get that smooth mouth feel when eating the chili.
The recipe call for using turkey stock, but chicken stock can also be substituted. I have also made this with turkey bone broth and it adds a delicious rich component to the chili. Learn how to make Turkey Bone Broth.
The other ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery, or you can buy some of them through the below Amazon links to save time (affiliate links – I earn a small commission if you buy through these links to help me keep the blog running):
- Chili beans
- Crushed tomatoes
- Diced green chilies
- Canned corn
- Tomato paste
- Turkey stock
- Bay leaves
- Cajun seasoning
- Coconut sugar
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili powder
How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Chili
You’re going to laugh once you find out how easy this is.
Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting and brown the Andouille sausage. Add the remaining ingredients and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. If you’re using ground turkey, brown it with the Andouille sausage.
Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the manual release for the remaining pressure. Serve the chili in bowls with 1-2 tbsp. of sour cream, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Fritos and garnish with chives.
Seriously, don’t forget the cheese, sour cream and Fritos – it’s what makes this Instant Pot turkey chili the best chili EVER!
How long does chili take in the Instant Pot?
Twenty minutes. Yes, that’s right. This turkey chili only takes 20 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot.
How long will turkey chili keep in the fridge?
Store turkey chili in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top over medium heat, stirring until warmed through. Add additional stock if the chili is too thick.
Can turkey chili be frozen?
Yes it can. Place the turkey in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. I recommend freezing in individual servings if you plan to eat it for several meals. Thaw it out in the fridge overnight then reheat in the microwave or on the stove top over medium heat, stirring until warmed through.
Is turkey chili healthy?
Turkey chili is healthier than it’s beef counterpart due to the lower fat content in turkey. While this turkey chili is packed full of protein, it also has a high sodium content (because salt=deliciousness) and a slightly elevated amount of cholesterol due to the use of Andouille sausage in the recipe. While a healthier alternative to beef chili, this should not be considered a health food.
What goes with turkey chili?
This Instant Pot turkey chili is amazing by itself, it’s also pretty damn good served with some of these side dishes:
Cheesy Sausage Hush Puppies from Went Here 8 This
Skillet Jalapeno Cornbread from the Chunky Chef
Perfect Homemade Biscuits from Mom on Timeout
Favorite Green Salad from Cookie and Kate
Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad from Pinch of Yum
Crunchy Beet Carrot Slaw from A Spicy Perspective
Crispy Baked Parmesan Crusted Squash from Went Here 8 This
Tools used to make this Instant Pot Turkey Chili
Instant Pot Turkey Chili
- 2 cups cooked turkey, diced
- 1 can chili beans
- 12 oz. andouille sausage,, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2-15 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
- 1-6 oz. can diced green chilies
- 1-15 oz. can corn
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1/2 can beer (optional)
- 1/2 cup chicken or turkey stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
- 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- Fritos, for garnish
- Sour cream, for garnish
- Chives/diced green onions, for garnish
- Grated cheddar cheese, for garnish
- Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting and brown the Andouille sausage. Add the remaining ingredients and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the manual release for the remaining pressure. Serve the chili in bowls with 1-2 tbsp. of sour cream, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Fritos and garnish with chives.
- Ground turkey can be used in place of diced turkey. If using ground turkey, brown it in the Instant Pot with the Andouille sausage. Then follow the remaining recipe instructions.
- If you can't find Andouille sausage, you can substitute it with any smoked sausage
- The beer is optional but highly recommended. It helps to tenderize the meat, giving the chili an amazing smooth mouth texture.
- The recipe calls for turkey stock, but bone broth can be substituted for an even richer flavor. I love using bone broth if I have it.
- This chili is best served with healthy amounts of sour cream. Start with a smaller amount (1 tbsp) and work your way up to get the best flavor. Same goes for the cheddar cheese.
- Add additional cayenne pepper and/or chili powder for a spicier chili. The recipe as-is is not very spicy.
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