Pressure Cooker Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chicken Chili
A hearty, chili loaded with good for you ingredients – colorful sweet potatoes, protein rich quinoa, fiber rich black beans, and antioxidant rich tomatoes.
This Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chicken Chili recipe is a pressure cooker version of Gaby, What’s Gaby Cooking, Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili. I pinned Gaby’s recipe and my pin has been repinned over 5,000 times. Someone even commented that this was the “best vegan chili I’ve ever made!!!” I decided I’d better give her chili a try too.
Making Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chicken Chili in an Instant Pot
In addition to changing it in to a pressure cooker recipe, I also added chicken. I knew my family would like it better if it had a little meat it in. However, feel free to omit the meat and use vegetable stock if you want to keep it vegetarian. If you like your chili a little more mild, you might want to cut the chili powder in half.
My family enjoyed this chili, although they wondered if it should be called a soup instead of chili because of the addition of quinoa and the thin broth. There’s a lot of liquid in this chili, but the quinoa will soak up the broth as it sits. You could also make a cornstarch slurry and thicken the broth at the end of the cook time if you’d rather.
Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chicken Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock
- 1 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast, uncooked and diced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- avocado, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, optional
Select Saute and add oil to the pressure cooker pot. When oil is hot, add the sweet potato and onion and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
Stir in chili powder, chipotle, cumin and salt. Add chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes, quinoa, and chicken and stir to combine.
Lock lid in place, select High Pressure and 4 minutes cook time and start. When timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker, wait 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
Stir in the lime juice and add additional salt as needed. If necessary, let chili rest unplugged for several minutes uncovered and the quinoa will absorb additional liquid.
Garnish individual bowls with avocado, cilantro, sour cream or shredded cheese.
More chili recipes you might like:
Quick White Chicken Chili
Quick Black Bean and Chicken Sausage Chili
Pressure Cooker Cincinnati Chili, Dad Cooks Dinner
This was delicious!! Great flavor and texture! My husband loved it! The only think I changed was subbed the chipotle pepper for the TJ chili lime seasoning like some others commented. Make this!!
Has anyone tried switching the quinoa out with rice before?
Hi Madison – I haven’t tried it, but it should work with no changes. Let me know if you try it.
You can sub rice for quinoa and vice versa in anything. Same cook time!
Just made this without chicken. Put some vegan sausage thing in instead. Turned out quite nice. Thanks.
Great – thanks Brad!
Just made this recipe and it was so spicy that my mouth felt like it was burning. So just a note to people who don’t like super spicy food I would eliminate the chipotle pepper and add the chili powder starting with 1 tablespoon and add more to desired level of spiciness.
Hi Janice – sorry it was too spicy for you. The chipotle pepper adds more smokiness than heat I think, but definitely reduce the chili powder if you don’t like spicy.
Hi Barbara, this is one of at least half a dozen of your recipes that is in constant rotation at our house! If you (or any of your readers) live close to a Trader Joes, I *highly* recommend sprinkling some of their Chile Lime Seasoning Blend on top – it’s a perfect match.
Thanks Ruth! I’ll have to look for the Chile Lime Seasoning blend next time I’m at Trader Joes.
Omg! I used the TJ chili lime in place of the chili powder for this recipe – so delicious! I make it all the time 🙂
Sounds like a delicious addition. Thanks for sharing Lauren!
Hi….trying to make this recipe tonight for my family, but I’m missing a few things…
If I use chicken thighs, should I cook for 8 minutes? Also, if I’m omitting the tomatoes, think I should add more liquid? Thanks for your suggestions and can’t wait to try it!
Hi Ro – if your chicken thighs are diced, you shouldn’t need to increase the time. You shouldn’t need to add more liquid when omitting the tomatoes. Enjoy!
Could this recipe be done with dry beans (soaked overnight)? How would that change the liquid amounts and cooking time? Would love to try it tomorrow but the only ingredient we don’t have is the can of beans.
Hi Janessa – since quiona cooks so quickly, you’d want to pressure cook your beans first. Here’s a good chart https://www.hippressurecooking.com/pressure-cooking-times/#beans
Can you post nutrition data for this recipe, please?
Hi Dylan – I use this site for figuring nutritional information https://www.verywell.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4129594
Made this with 1.5# ground turkey (93%) for weeknight dinners. Added mushrooms and red bell peppers too. Delicious! Will definitely make again.
This was awesome! I made it without chicken and I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes. In lieu of salt I used fish sauce (you can’t taste the fishiness). This recipe is definitely a keeper.
Thanks Alice! Glad you made it your own.
Did you keep the same cooking times even though you omitted chicken?
This was awesome !!! We loved it. How many calories per serving is this ? Would love the. Nutrition infor
Thanks Ann! Glad you loved it. Here’s a site you can use to get nutritional info https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
I want to double this recipe and will be using 4 boneless skinless chicken breast. Do I need to double the time to cook? Thank you. In fact I will need to always double these recipes because I have a big family to cook for or for potlucks, do I need to double the cook time for other recipes? How will I know? I’ve been also using the slow cooker recipes and one of the slow cooker pot roast recipes I used the potatoes and carrots were still at little under cooked and I added about 2 hours to the time. Thank you so much.
Hi Terry – generally in the pressure cooker you do not need to increase the cook time when you increase the volume. If the size (thickness) of the meat is larger, a 5 lb. roast instead of a 2 lb. roast, then you do need to increase the cook time. Some recipes you can’t double – anything that foams, pasta, steel cut oats, applesauce, you don’t want to fill the pot more than half full. I don’t really ever use the slow cook function, so I’m not much help with that.
Thank you for the quick reply, will be making the Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chicken Chili tomorrow for a football potluck, can’t wait!
awesome recipe the two tablespoons of chilli was a little hot tried this three times yum
HOLY SMOKES! This was DELICIOUS. Not usually a huge chili fan but I can see myself making this over and over. Thank you!
Thanks!! So glad you loved it 🙂
This will be my first recipe to try in my new Instant Pot. I was wondering do I cut the chicken up into bite size pieces or just put them in whole. If in whole do you cut or shred them after it is done.
Hi Ma – you do dice the chicken in to bite size pieces before cooking them. This is a great, easy first time recipe. Enjoy!
Any estimate on how big a serving size is for this recipe?
Hi Sarah – I haven’t measured it, about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
If I wanted to double this recipe, how would that affect the cook time? (I apologize if someone asked already and I didn’t see it).
Hi Nick – sorry I’m slow to respond. No, you don’t need to increase the cook time when doubling this recipe in the pressure cooker. It will take longer to come to pressure, but that isn’t figured in the cook time. Just be sure and not exceed the maximum fill line. Enjoy!
Holy moly….I just had to let you know that this was my second recipe in my Instant Pot and we thought we had died and gone to heaven. It was absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t find a sweet potato locally so we used a few tiny little potatoes. I think I like this better than traditional chili. It was the first time I have ever used quinoa and even my picky husband went back for seconds.
Thank you so much for your recipes. I look forward to cooking myself though all of them!
What a great comment – really made me smile. I’m so glad you loved it. Thanks Jojo!
Hi Barbara! This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Can I substitute the quinoa for couscous?
Thanks Lauren! I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work fine. Let me know if you try it.
Hi Barbara! This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Can I substitute the quinoa for couscous?
Would timing be the same for those of us with the jiggly thing on top? Thanks!
Stove top pressures cookers generally reach a higher PSI and may cook slightly faster, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it on most recipes unless it’s a super quick time like vegetables or a long cook time. Enjoy!
I love my Instant Pot and I’ve definitely got to try this. I’ll be adding the chicken, too.
Made this tonight and it was delicious.
Thanks Judy – so glad you enjoyed it!
With all the candy making I’ve been doing, I’m looking at healthier dinner options. I love sweet potatoes and black beans. Quinoa? I’ m learning to adapt to the texture of it, but it is healthy. Pinned!
This looks so healthy and delicious! I’d love a bowl for dinner tonight.
I need to put this on my menu next week! It looks healthy and delicious, perfect comfort food that’s good for you!
I love using my pressure cooker! Looks like a hearty and delicious chili!
Mmmmmm-we love chili…and any way I can get Bob to eat sweet potatoes I’m ALL FOR. This looks delicious, Barbara.
What a hearty, warming, perfect meal for this week. I am going to make it this weekend. I love adding quinoa, it makes me full for so long.
Do you rinse your quinoa?
I’ve heard that you should so wondered what you do.
Hi Deloris – I have a large Costco size bag of quinoa that says it’s pre-washed, so I didn’t rinse it. If yours isn’t, you’ll want rinse it.