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Instant Pot Chocolate Chipotle Chili

This easy vegan Instant Pot chili recipe is filled with spicy and smoky chipotle peppers, pinto beans and unsweetened chocolate lending this vegetarian chili a unique and flavorful twist.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Coming to Pressure Time for Instant Pot15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • Instant Pot
  • Red Chile Powder
  • Pinto Beans
  • 100% Chocolate


  • 1 tablespoon olive coconut, or avocado oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon red chile powder not to be confused with chili powder, see suggestion below under ‘Shop This Recipe’
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups dry pinto beans soaked for 3 hours prior
  • 5 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened 100% chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • sea salt to taste
  • Optional to garnish: pumpkin seeds, salsa, nutritional yeast or cheese


  • Press the ‘Saute’ button on your Instant Pot. Add oil, onion, pepper, garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in chipotle peppers, tomato, and spices. Saute for 1 minute longer.
  • Press ‘Cancel’. Stir in broth/water, pinto beans and chocolate.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before opening the vent.
  • Stir in maple syrup/honey, and salt to taste.
  • Optionally, garnish with pumpkin seeds, salsa, nutritional yeast or cheese.
  • Enjoy!



Also see: 22 Amazing Side Dishes for Chili.
Please see ‘Tips’ above in the blog post for suitable substitutions, storage advice and more!


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg