Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese + VIDEO

Overhead close up of bowl of chili mac.

Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes with the help of your electric pressure cooker.

This Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is the ultimate combination of two favorites – Chili and Mac ‘n Cheese.

In my book, things don’t get much better…

I guarantee that you will want to make this recipe over and over again! It’s loaded with beef, cheese, beans, tomatoes and all your favorite chili spices. Plus, the best part is that it’ll be on your dinner table in under 30 minutes!

How to Make Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese:

It’s super easy to make Chili Mac in the Instant Pot.

  • Brown the ground beef and remove it to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Cook the onion, garlic, and bell pepper.
  • Add in the canned tomatoes, pasta, beans and broth. Cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the cheese and enjoy!

Check out this Video to See the Simple Step by Step Recipe:

Ingredients for instant pot chili mac.

What’s the Best Cheese for Chili Mac and Cheese?

This Instant Pot Chili Mac can easily be adjusted to suit your personal tastes:

  • Not a fan of ground beef? You can also use ground turkey, or leave it out entirely for a vegetarian-friendly chili mac.
  • Want more veggies? Add in a cup of frozen corn kernels, sliced zucchini or an extra bell pepper.
  • Like more heat? Add in more cayenne pepper or chop up a jalapeno pepper and add that along with the bell pepper.
  • Don’t like kidney beans? You can also use black beans, white beans, or leave the beans out entirely.

Overhead close up of bowl of chili mac.Overhead close up of bowl of chili mac.

How Do I Make Chili Mac and Cheese on the Stove?

  • If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can also make this Chili Mac on the stove. In Step 4, instead of sealing the instant pot and cooking, add the pasta to your pan and cook uncovered for 15 minutes.

If you loved this Instant Pot Chili Mac I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings. 

Overhead close up of bowl of chili mac.

Instant Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili mac, chili mac n cheese, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 542 kcal
Author: Erin

Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes with the help of your electric pressure cooker. 



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups bone broth or chicken broth or beef broth
  • 14 oz can red kidney beans drained
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni uncooked (½ lb)(2 cups)
  • 2 cups Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar shredded
  • Cilantro finely chopped for garnish
  • Sour cream for topping


  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, add ground beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain fat.
  2. Add olive oil to pot. One hot, add onion and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add red pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and cayenne. Saute 1 minute longer.
  3. Add broth and scrape browned bits from bottom of pot. Return ground beef to pot along with beans, tomatoes and macaroni. Stir, making sure that all pasta is covered with liquid.
  4. Cover and seal the lid - turn the vent to sealing. Hit CANCEL then press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 4 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  5. When finished, quick-release the pressure before removing the lid. Stir in cheese and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve garnished with cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chili Mac & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1473mg 61%
Potassium 1154mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 10g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 34.5%
Vitamin C 58.3%
Calcium 38.4%
Iron 35.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I teamed up with Cabot Cheese to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Wine Pairing with Chili Mac and Cheese: 

  • Zinfandel pairs nicely with the sweet pepper flavors and sharp cheddar.
  • If you’re looking for lighter wine option, try a Rosé or a Chenin Blanc. Both of these wines have enough body to stand up to this hearty dish.

Overhead close up of bowl of chili mac.

Looking for more Instant Pot recipes? Be sure to try these too:

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with Crispy Skins

Overhead close up of baked potatoes.

Instant Pot Split Pea Dal

Overhead closeup view of split pea dal with pickled red onions

Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

Instant Pot Persian Beef Stew

Instant Pot Persian Beef Stew ready to be served.

Instant Pot Authentic Italian Sunday Gravy

Two bowls of Sunday Gravy ready to eat with forks and parmesan cheese, next to glasses of wine.


  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I just shared this recipe with my mother-in-law. She got an InstaPot a month ago and told me she doesn’t really know what to cook yet. I told her I know a blogger who has a million brilliant InstaPot recipes!


    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine!!! She is going to love her Instant Pot!


  2. Mary

    I love this! Keep these easy and comforting recipes coming (especially now that I FINALLY have an IP!). My kids will go crazy for this recipe!


    1. Erin

      Yay for the Instant Pot!!!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.