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Cozy up to a bowl of this amazing and easy Instant Pot Turkey Chili! This recipe contains no beans for a Whole30 compliant and/or paleo dinner. 

a white bowl with turkey chili topped with green onions and cilantro

Love the taste of a pot of chili that has simmered all day, but want to cut the cooking time down to only 8 minutes? Yeah, you do!!

One of the best parts of this Instant Pot turkey chili is all the hidden veggies you’re shoving into it. If you have veggie-haters in your household they won’t even be able to tell how healthy this is! Suckers!

Instead of tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, you’re going to use a veggie juice blend. And then to top that off you’re adding a butt-ton of butternut squash in there!

If you are new to owning an Instant Pot, check out these Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners. Not only will you get more inspiration for other delicious meals, but I have a handy guide for getting started with your Instant Pot as well as a glossary of common Instant Pot terms.

Soup is pretty much my favorite thing. Whole30 soups are so delicious, comforting, and healthy that I actually put together a guide on 15 Whole30 Soups to keep you warm and cozy.

ground turkey, peppers, onions, and other ingredients for instant pot turkey chili

If you don’t want to make your own homemade bone broth, check out this post on where to buy bone broth. In a very dorky move on my part, I’ve created a free download where you can compare protein and sodium content as well as the price per ounce for various brands. #nerdalert


I’m blessed that we have a local butcher for buying organic meat, but we also have a monthly Butcher Box subscriptionButcher Box sources only organic and free-range meat for their customers and ships them to your home once a month. The Whole30/sugar-free bacon rules.

If you need more compliant bacon options, check out this post on Whole30 Bacon Brands.

two photos showing cooking bacon and ground turkey in an instant pot for instant pot turkey chili

two photos showing ingredients mixed in an instant pot for instant pot turkey chili

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you are unable to find chipotle in adobo sauce without added sugars and seed oils, try this recipe to make your own. Pro tip: since you only need a tiny bit of the whole can freeze the rest of the chipotle sauce for future recipes (like Chipotle Sauce or Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos). Alternatively, you can sub in 1/4-1/2 tsp of chipotle powder depending on how spicy you like your food.
  • For the vegetable juice blend, you can use compliant brands like R.W. Knudsen or Trader Joe’s Garden Patch. Both add delicious extra veggies and flavor. Use the leftover vegetable juice for Whole30 Beef Stew! You may also sub in 2 cups of tomato sauce but the flavor profile will change.
  • The chili will thicken the longer it sits, but if you’d like a super thick chili you can reduce the vegetable juice by 1/2 cup. Or, you may mix 2 tbsp of arrowroot powder (or cornstarch if you’re not doing Whole30/paleo) with 1.5 tbsp of water, add to the Instant Pot and stir.

a white bowl with turkey chili topped with green onions and cilantro

If you’re off round and looking for chicken chili, you’ll love our easy Instant Pot Chicken Chili. If you want a more traditional red chili, Butternut Squash Chili is the way to go.

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Doing a Whole30 round and need help getting started off on the right foot? Get my free Trader Joe’s Whole30 Shopping List and Whole30 Costco Shopping List. I have done all the work for you with checking ingredients and figuring out safe foods.


One serving has 5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

5 from 2 ratings

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Pressurizing/depressurizing time: 15 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
a white bowl with turkey chili topped with green onions and cilantro
This recipe contains no beans for a Whole30 compliant and/or healthy paleo meal. 



Instant Pot Instructions

  • Press "Saute" on your Instant Pot and allow it to heat up for a few minutes. Add the chopped bacon and cook until mostly browned (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the turkey and saute until cooked through. (about 3 minutes). Pro tip: ground turkey cooks insanely fast so watch it closely and stir often!
  • Add in the vegetable juice and deglaze (fancy term for "scrape") the bottom of the Instant Pot to remove any stuck on bits of bacon or turkey. 
  • Add the remainder of the ingredients. Stir.
  • Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to "Sealing". Press Manual>High Pressure>5 minutes. 
  • When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, it will beep and switch to ”keep warm". Allow it to sit with the lid on for 10 minutes and then do a manual release with the nozzle set to venting.
  • Unlock the Instant Pot lid, top your chili with toppings of choice, and enjoy!

Stovetop Instructions

  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan cook the chopped bacon on medium heat. Cook until mostly browned.
  • Add the turkey and saute until cooked through.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and cook with the lid on over low heat for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally


You may also sub in 2 cups of tomato sauce but the flavor profile will change.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 32gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 748mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5030IUVitamin C: 38.7mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. So I was all excited to make this, but I can’t find Butternut squash. I had hoped for frozen (#lazy), but when I couldn’t find that, I was willing to put on my big girl pants and prep the real deal. But I couldn’t find that either. So, I’m gonna make it with sweet potatoes cause I have some and I really want this!

    I’ll let you know how it turns out.

      1. This came out so good!
        Despite not having any Chipotle (couldn’t find a good brand in adobo sauce and turns out I didn’t have powdered like I thought…) and using sweet potatoes instead of bnut squash, we really liked it! It did have a slightly sweet flavor (um, thank you SWEET potatoes) , but we will be fighting over the leftovers so I’ll call that a win.

        But, I will be on the lookout for frozen Butternut squash and Chipotle in adobo sauce for the next batch.5 stars

  2. I made this more than month ago, but hadn’t left a review! This is SUCH a great dish, and an easy way to use up that Vegetable Juice from tortilla soup recipe <– love that recipe! It's full full full of flavor and great for the chilly weather we've had (haha). I love that it has all the b-nut in it too, so delicious and packed full of good vitamins. Thank you for another great recipe!5 stars

    1. Awww, so glad you liked it Becky! I do love the bnut squash in there for both the health factor and the flavor.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. 🙂