Well, I’m officially obsessed with my Instant Pot. I got mine about 2 months ago but have been putting off trying it out. New appliances intimidate me, especially ones with long manuals. But I put my big girl pants on and finally tried it out and I GET IT! I get why people are so obsessed with it! This chili recipe I’m sharing with you guys today is actually a recipe from back in the day! But after making it in the pressure cooker, I will never make it any other way. This tasted SO.MUCH.BETTER! And now I’m not AS scared of using my Instant Pot. Still slightly scared. But it’s so worth the fright because holy moly, it makes delicious food. I can’t wait to make more in my IP!

PaleOMG Instant Pot Smoky Bacon Chili

Ok, let’s talk about what’s important here – The Bachelor. I absolutely cannot wait for this season. I can’t wait to see what all the crying is about later on in the season. Man crying is the best. But wait, you know how all the past bachelors gave him advice? Why is Chris giving him advice? Didn’t his engagement to Whitney fail? Come on, Chris, don’t be silly. I also wish that instead of Ben and Lauren having their own tv show, it was Kaitlyn and Shawn. Who cares about Ben and Lauren? Answer, no one. No offense to them, I’m sure they are great human beings, but Shawn and Kaitlyn and their Rick & Donna on snapchat give me life. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go follow them. They are the best.

Ok, back to the best drama of the night. Corinne. The one who lives with her parents and has a nanny. And who ABC decided would be the ho-fo-sho of the show. How do you think they decide that? Do you think they interview until they find THAT one? The one that fits the mold. I can’t wait to see how that goes down. And what do you think about the girl who has already slept with Nick but showed back up on the show? Imagine that. Imagine that you had a lovely night with a person, but decided you didn’t want him to have your number, then you just started showing up on his dates, like, hiiiiiiiiiii. Do you think the producers planned this one? It’s so hard to guess what they planned and what the women decided to take on themselves as rightful embarrassment. Hard to know.

The only person I’m really into is Vanessa – the special education teacher. She had the best dress and earrings of the night and she seems like a pretty sane human being. Plus, she looks like Andy (the past bachelorette that dumped Nick) and obviously Nick is down for that.

And Raven from Hoxie looks like a dolled up version of Wednesday Addams. I wonder if she knows that. She needs to take on that roll for Halloween at some point.

Ok, I have to go shovel myself out of our house and I’m not happy about it. This 4 degree weather is not my friend. I need these trips to warmer weather to be here sooner!

PaleOMG Instant Pot Smoky Bacon Chili

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Instant Pot Remake – Smoky Bacon Chili

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  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 6 slices of bacon, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For garnish


  1. Place bacon in the basin of your instant pot then press the saute button and cooking until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon and leave behind bacon fat (I left it all but you don’t have to, you could just leave behind 2 tablespoons in you prefer). Then add garlic cloves, onion, and peppers and saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Lastly, add all the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes then add the bacon back to the instant pot and mix to combine.
  3. Press the keep warm/cancel button then secure the lid, close off the pressure valve then press the Bean/Chili button. This will cook for 30 minutes. Once the chili is done cooking, you can let it naturally release or do a quick release then stir together.
  4. Mix together coconut cream and ranch dressing then plop a scoop on the chili and garnish with fresh cilantro!

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  1. Bridget says:

    This was really good!

  2. Lisa W says:

    Hi there,
    New to IP. If I double or triple the recipe, do I double/triple the time?

    1. juli says:

      i’m not sure, i haven’t tried doubling it myself and haven’t messed around with that much

  3. Cameron Pierce says:

    Juli- I made this last night and it was a huge hit with my husband! Will definitely be revisiting this recipe in the near future.

  4. Audra says:

    Hi Juli,

    Can’t wait to try this! One thing though – my instant pot doesn’t have a Bean/Chili button. Should I just do it on manual for 30 minutes? I’ve got a Meat/Stew button…

    Thank you,

    1. juli says:

      manual for 20-30 should work great!

  5. Angela M says:

    5-stars! This recipe is super simple and packed with flavor. My husband and I LOVED it and will definitely be adding this to the regular rotation. Definitely don’t skip the garnishes – they totally make the dish!

    1. juli says:

      so glad you liked it angela!

  6. James Thayer says:

    Do you brown the meat prior to adding it to IP?

    1. juli says:

      nope! it would say that if that was part of the recipe!

  7. Morgan says:

    This is so yummy! I brought my lil instant pot over to my parents house to make this meal and am happy to say this recipe was a crowd pleaser for all of us paleo and not! They started asking questions about Paleo and if it was hard etc etc HOW FREAKING CUTE! Thanks so much for another banger Juli! <3

    1. juli says:

      that’s so awesome!! so glad everyone liked it!!

  8. Theresa says:

    LOVE this chili!! I’ve had this recipe printed for quite a while on my list to make so yesterday was the day. I haven’t used smoked paprika much but after using it in this chili, I love the flavor! This is another of my go-to recipes for my family… like so many of your recipes! I need to name my kitchen ‘Juli’s kitchen’ since most of what I cook each week are your recipes lol. Thanks for sharing this one!!

    1. juli says:

      so happy to hear you love this recipe Theresa!

  9. Laura Quere says:

    Hi! I’m so excited to try this! It will be my FIRST instapot meal ever! Just one question. The recipe 8 oz can of tomato sauce but the link leads to a 15oz can, and I can’t find a 8 oz can. Just want to know if that was a mistake or if I should just use half the can. Thanks so much!

    1. juli says:

      nope, 8oz is the correct size. i’ve found that size at every grocery store and online as well! it’s just linking to the incorrect size.

  10. Bridgette says:

    Hi, can this be cooked on the stove And are the instructions the same? Thanks!

    1. juli says:

      you won’t need to cook it quite as long!