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Instant Pot Wendy’s Copycat Chili

This is not my Chili Recipe but I wanted to share it. It is so good and it’s the only chili I have been making since I got my Instant Pot. You can also make it on the stove or on a crockpot but this way is so fast.


1 T Olive Oil
2 t Minced Garlic
1lb Ground Beef
1 Large Onion Diced
1 Large Green Bell Pepper Diced
3 Celery Sticks Chopped
1 Package McCormick Chili Seasoning
1 C Water
1 15 oz Can Bush’s Southwest Style Beans
1 15 oz Can Rotel Tomatoes Original
1 15 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
1 15 oz Can Tomato Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

First, set Instant Pot on Sauté. Add oil, onions, celery, garlic and ground beef. Chop and brown ground beef. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once it is cooked through, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot.

Drain the kidney beans but don’t drain the Southwest beans! This is where a lot of the flavor is added.

Stir all together and set the Instant Pot to Manuel 10 minutes. Seal and let it cook. After it beeps, let it natural release for at least 20 minutes. I like to make it early and let it sit on Lo for a couple of hours.

If you like it spicy, you can add cayenne pepper or jalapeños. I like mine with a little cheddar cheese and Ritz Crackers. This chili is awesome!

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Instant Pot Ham and Pinto Bean Soup

Wondering what to do with your leftover Easter Ham? Try this Pinto Bean Soup! I make this every time we have ham. I usually always make it in the crockpot but I wanted to try it in my instant Pot this time and let me tell ya, this is the way to make this recipe!

This is a very economical meal to make.

I started by soaking one pound of dried Pinto Beans. You can soak them overnight but I prefer the fast method. I rinsed and covered one pound of dried pinto beans with water in a medium pot. I put them on the stove and brought them to a boil. Let them go for about 2-3 minutes then remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let them sit in the water for about an hour. Then rinse and drain.

Here’s my ingredients:

  • 1 lb dried pinto beans soaked
  • 5 C Water
  • 2-3 cups of chopped up ham (if you have a ham bone, throw that in for extra flavor. I didn’t this time)
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 3-5 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 T Chili Powder
  • 1 t Oregano
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper

Add all ingredients to instant pot. Close lid and seal. Choose manuel for 26 minutes.

After 26 minutes, let instant pot naturally release for about 30 minutes. If you had a bone, remove it.

These are so good with additional chopped raw onions and cornbread.

Here’s my cornbread recipe: