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

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!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chili Mac & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 1473mg64%
Potassium 1154mg33%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1725IU35%
Vitamin C 48.1mg58%
Calcium 384mg38%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.