Instant Pot Black Bean and Barbacoa Beef Chili

If you are looking for a beef and bean chili recipe, but want something a little different, then this barbacoa and black bean chili could just be your new go-to favorite.

Barbacoa Beef, which is a slow cooked recipe originating in Mexico, brings a lot to the party. The beef is combined with smoky chipotles (smoked jalapeño peppers) in adobo sauce, tart apple cider vinegar and spices such as cinnamon, cumin and oregano. The slow cooked beef comes out tender and full of flavor.

The black beans, which we also cooked in an Instant Pot (without soaking) combine together with the beef to make a rich hearty base for our chili. We add a few more spices and cook the whole thing together so that the flavors mingle together. 

The chili is made into your perfect creation with the addition of toppings that you crave when you think of the perfect chili, like sour cream, crunchy tortilla strips, fresh cilantro and diced onions or jalapeños for more texture and fresh flavor.

For something different, try the chili topped with our Pickled Red Onions, a traditional topping when making Barbacoa Beef Tacos. 

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Yield: 6 Cups

Instant Pot Black Bean and Barbacoa Beef Chili

Instant Pot Black Bean and Barbacoa Beef Chili

Black Bean Chili with Barbacoa Beef. We made homemade no soak black beans in an Instant Pot, and combined them with our Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef to make an unforgettable rich hearty chili that will taste like you have been cooking for hours.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Toppings on the Side

  • Diced Tomato
  • Diced Onion
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Jalapeño Slices
  • Sour Cream
  • Hot Sauce


  1. Add cooked beans to Instant Pot and set to "Sauté.
  2. Add chile powder, garlic powder, and cumin to beans and mix well.

Saute Method

  1. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add barbacoa beef, stirring gently.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, or until all ingredients are hot.

Pressure Cooker Method

  1. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and Seal
  2. Make sure the Sealing Knob is set to "Venting"
  3. Set the Instant Pot to "High" (Manual) for 15 minutes
  4. After the cooking time is complete, allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.

Finishing the Chili

  1. Adjust the spices to your liking.
  2. Serve in individual bowls, allowing guests to add there own toppings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 9.6 gSaturated Fat: 2.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 900mgCarbohydrates: 34gNet Carbohydrates: 34gFiber: 8.4gSugar: 4.2gProtein: 16g
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