Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili

I am always on the hunt for new recipes that will work for our growing family. My boys are picky, definitely meat and potatoes kinds of guys.

 So while trying new recipes can be tricky, a quick and easy chili recipe was a no brainer! I’m actually not sure why I haven’t tried this earlier. This Santa Fe Soup is a family favorite, so chili is a natural progression.

Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
30 mins

Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8 cups


1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 lb lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 package McCormick's Chili Seasoning
1 cup water
1 15 oz can Ranch Style Beans
1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained
1 15 oz can RoTel Original
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste


Set your Instant Pot to Saute and vegetable oil and minced garlic to the pot.
Once the pot is hot and oil is simmering, add ground beef.
Once browned, add chopped onion, bell pepper and celery to the beef.
Cook until onion is starting to become translucent, then add McCormick's Chili Seasoning.
Turn the Instant Pot "off" of Saute.
Mix well and add water.
Scrape up any browned bits that have adhered to the bottom of the pot.
Add Ranch Style and kidney beans to the pot and stir.
Then add Rotel, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce ON TOP. Do not stir in.
Then add your Instant Pot lid, make sure vent is set to seal and set your IP to 10 minutes on manual or 10 minutes of high pressure.
Once time is up, let your Instant Pot naturally release.
Once released, open your Instant Pot, stir and enjoy your chili!


Made for a 6 qt. Instant Pot. If making in a mini 3qt. you will need to halve the recipe.
In order to avoid a "burn" warning, float the tomato ingredients on top of the other ingredients – if they are stirred in, they’ll sink to the bottom and could scorch.
Update! We've had quite a few people try this recipe (thank you!) and report back that while they liked it, they wanted more meat. A few have successfully doubled the meat that it called for and loved it. So if you like a meaty stew - give it a try!

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