Sweet Potato and Black Bean Instant Pot Chili

Baby girl loves chili!

Baby girl loves chili!

Do you have an Instant Pot, but you don’t really know where to start? Try this recipe! It is so easy and a great beginner recipe for the Instant Pot (or just an easy recipe for anyone with an Instant Pot). This is one meal I make almost weekly.  It's one of the few things I can guarantee my toddler will eat and my baby loves this as well.  It's super easy.  I almost always have cans of black beans on hand (thanks to Costco) so I just need to make sure I have sweet potatoes.  This is a great recipe for babies following a baby led weaning approach (easy to pick up) or purees (mashes really easily).  I usually buy a bag of organic sweet potatoes from Trader Joe’s, and while I am chopping them for this recipe, I chop an extra potato or two for these muffins or these cookies.  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Instant Pot Chili


  • 1 tbsp oil (such as avocado, canola or olive)

  • 1/2 medium sized yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1" cubes

  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (salt free if you are trying to watch your salt intake)

  • 2.5 cups water or low sodium broth

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp corriander

  • 1 tsp basil

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder


  1. Press the sauté function on the instant pot and add oil. Once hot, add onion and sauté for about 2-3 minutes (if you are short on time, you can skip this step and head to step 2 directly).

  2. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot and stir.

  3. Set pot to "stew/ chili" (cook time should set to 30 minutes)

  4. Once done, allow to natural release for 10 minutes, then quick pressure release until pressure has fully released and quick valve has dropped.

  5. Enjoy with your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, avocado or greek yogurt.

P.S.  This freezes really well!  Free in an ice cube tray, pop into a ziplock freezer bag and write the date and name of the dish on the bag.  Lasts about 2-3 months in the freezer.