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Instant Pot Six Gun Chili is an insanely good Gluten free chili recipe made with dried Pinto beans and Six Guns Chili Fixins seasonings. The flavor of this chili is outstanding and gets better and better as leftovers.

No Soaking the dry beans either. The pressure cooker cooks the beans unsoaked in 25 minutes. How cool is that ? 

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili

It’s all done in one pot in an hour and a half. Ok. NOW you can fall in love with your Instant Pot.


Instant Pot Six Gun Chili is My very first creation in my brand new instant pot. It has many advantages for cooks with very little kitchen space and very little time.

Homemade chili made in the instant pot

I bought my Instant pot after my crock pot pottery insert cracked for the third time in under two years. I use my crock pot ALL the time. But the crockery inserts are not holding up like they used to.

I started looking for options to the crockery pot and found the Instant Pot. I was immediately interested. After reading the reviews and joining the Instant Pot Community FB Group I knew this tool is for me.

The Instant pot advantages:

  • The instant pot has a stainless pot that goes from the instant pot to the fridge without cracking or warping.
  • The insert pot has a much smaller footprint in my fridge
  • The Instant pot also takes less room (although it is taller) than my crock pot did.
  • Food is cooked safely and nutritiously
  • It has a DELAY function so I can set it and forget it. AND a warm function in case I’m not home when it’s done. 
  • The warm function is also helpful for party recipes. The pot will stay warm 24 hours!
  • The instant pot slow cooks, makes yogurt, steam veggies, cooks rice and large hunks of meat and even does saute’ right in the pot.
  • Food made in the pressure cooker has better flavor (not kidding) and is more nutritious too!
  • Finally this little jewel is a money saver since it saves power. Also, you can replace other kitchen appliances like a slow cooker and yogurt maker saving money, fuss and counter space.
Instant Pot Six Gun Chili from dried Pinto beans in under two hours.

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili from dried Pinto beans in under two hours. Notice the insert in the background. It has a glass lid on it I bought separately. This lid is so handy for storing food in the insert pot right in the fridge and slow cooking.

For more info go to the affiliate link and read the reviews on Instant Pot and it’s nifty accessories.

Looking for more instant pot recipes? Check out our Instant Pot recipes. I’m adding new ones all the time.

For Instant Pot Six Gun Chili Recipe you will need an instant pot. If you don’t have an instant pot and want to make chili try our crock pot Game Day Chili for an easy Chili recipe made out of the pantry.Six Gun Chili

OK Now we will talk about this Instant pot chili recipe with dry beans 🙂

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili Recipe Notes:

I use this Six Gun Chili Fixin Seasonings mix because it’s an easy way to flavor up a chili with a delicious, authentic chili flavor our family has loved for decades! I think most grocery stores have this seasoning mix but click the link if you can’t find it.

Warning! the affiliate link is for a LOT of this seasoning. But this link is a good start to see what this company sells and get the reviews. You can jump to a single pack from this link after you get on the page. It’s good stuff!

NOTE: I do NOT use the White Thickener Packet in this recipe. It’s unnecessary here.

six gun chili ingredients

Here is the ingredient list for Six Gun Chili Seasonings:

Ingredients: Stone-ground masa flour, ground chili pepper, a pinch of salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, dehydrated onion, garlic powder and oregano. There are NO additives and it is Gluten free.


  • You can make this recipe with either ground beef or stew meat. The stew meat will be a bit tougher.
    • Brown and season stew meat first on the sautè function and add five minutes on the cooking time.
  • You can also use black beans in place of the pinto beans if you prefer.
    • The cooking times are in your instant pot manual if you decide to substitute your beans.
  • Preferred garnishes for this chili are sour cream, chopped green onions and salsa or your favorite chili sauce.

chili ingredients

How to make Instant pot Dried Beans:

I went for a LONG time without using dried beans. They are such a pain to work with because they require overnight soaking and several hours of boiling on the stove before they are ready for your recipe. Right?? 

Electric Pressure cookers cook DRIED, UNSOAKED beans of all types in about a half hour. Now get out those bags of dried beans you always meant to use. 

pinto beans

Pressure Cooker Chili dry beans:

Making Chili with dry beans is SUCH a cheap easy dinner idea. And the flavor is SO much better too. I’m serious. The pressure cooking really enhances the beans. All you do is:

  1. Rinse the beans and make sure no stray rocks are in them.
  2. Throw the beans in the pot with the proper amount of liquid and 1 Tablespoon of oil.
  3. Set the instant pot to manual high pressure for 30 minutes or so
  4. Seal the vent and walk away.
  5. The pot will ding when it’s done. You can quick release it or natural release. Do whatever works best for you. But if you have the time let it natural release to fully set the flavor in the beans.

We show you how to cook dry pinto beans in your instant pot for cheap healthy recipes in this post.

  • Instant pot chili dry beans recipes are flavorful and make the best chili recipes.
  • And the nutrients are all there. They don’t get lost in processing.
  • This is an easy healthy dinner idea for LOTS of different recipes.

I have also made four bean beef stew and Bean and Sausage soup in my instant pot with dry beans. So good.

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili from dried Pinto beans in under two hours.

Homemade chili made in the instant pot

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili
Yield: 15 servings

Six Gun Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Instant Pot Six Gun Chili is made with dried Pinto beans and Gluten free Six Guns Chili Fixins seasonings. The flavor of this chili is outstanding and gets better and better as leftovers. No Soaking the beans and it's all done in an hour and a half. Ok. NOW you can fall in love with your Instant Pot.



  1. Pour the dried Pinto beans, water and 1 Tablespoon oil into the instant pot. pinto beans recipe
  2. Close the lid.
  3. Push the vent button to SEAL.
  4. Push the manual button and press the + button until the number read out says 30 minutes. instant pot pinto beans setting
  5. After pot is done-Natural release for best flavor and total doneness.
  6. Remove beans, clean the pot and dry it. instant pot pinto beans
  7. Set the Instant pot on Saute function on HI. Leave uncovered or use your tempered glass lid for sautè.
  8. Cook the hamburger and bacon. Add the onions, garlic, celery and peppers. Cook 4 minutes.
  9. Return all the cooked pinto beans to the pot with diced tomatoes, The contents of the Six gun chili spices packets (omit the white packet) and remaining oil.
  10. Pressure cook on high-manual setting for 12 minutes.
  11. Natural release and serve chili


This recipe is written to use ONLY the instant pot. That is so easy and makes this a one pan dinner.

However, you can speed up the time even more by sauteing the hamburger and bacon, onions, garlic, celery and peppers on the stove and adding them into the instant pot after the beans cook.

Now add remaining ingredients, set the IP to manual and finish the recipe!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 428Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 64mgSodium 1089mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 26g

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Monday 6th of January 2020

How long do I allow the Insta Pot to naturally release? Mines starts counting up until I cancel it. Thank you!


Monday 6th of January 2020

Hi Irene, Natural release means you let the pot reduce the pressure naturally until the valve drops on its own. At least, that is how mine works. If you need a time to natural release before manually releasing the pressure try 15 minutes. That should give the pot enough time to finish the beans. Let the pot cook the chili and then natural release at least 10 minutes before manually releasing the pressure. Now your ready to serve. Please let me know how it goes for you and have a great evening.


Saturday 7th of July 2018

Do you drain the beans? Before you return them to the sautéd ingredients.


Saturday 7th of July 2018

Hi Carol, I do Not drain the beans. There will be very little water in them. If you want to rinse and drain the beans add about 2 cups water to the pot before you pressure cook the chili. Please let us know how it turns out for you. and thanks so much for the question!


Friday 20th of January 2017

This sounds good, going to try it out, bit noticed you add the cooked bea Diced tomatoes Spices Remaining oil What quantities?


Friday 20th of January 2017

Hi Tim, Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I have corrected the printable recipe to be more clear and accurate. I hope you come back and let me know how this works for you. We love the flavor of cooking chili in the instant pot and six gun chili seasoning mix is a delicious chili seasoning mix. Enjoy!