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Loaded Veggie Scrap Chili

  • Author: Figuring Out 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups 1x




  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks of celery or 1 zucchini
  • 1 green bell pepper ( (any color will work))
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 lb ground pork or sausage ( *)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar ( (this gives a beer like flavor))
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 can chilies or 1 fresh jalapeno if you like a little spice


  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red chili

Delicious Topping Recommendations

  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • paleo sour cream


  1. Chop onions, garlic, celery (or zucchini), bell pepper and carrots into small chunks. I usually chop as small as possible to make them less noticeable. 
  2. Add chopped vegetables and ground beef (unless using already cooked) to Instant Pot and push the Saute function. Sprinkle with the 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and saute until meat is browned. 
  3. I like to keep my Saute function on here to keep my Instant Pot warm. Add the remaining chili and seasoning ingredients.
  4. Give it all a good stir. Stop the Saute function, put the lid on, close the valve and hit the Manual function. Press the + button until it reads 35 minutes. After 35 minutes, you can use the quick release or let the pressure release slowly. 
  5. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


*I made this chili once with sausage when I didn’t have any ground beef. I was forever hooked. Ground beef, ground turkey or leftover taco meat also work great!

You can substitute 5 tablespoons of your favorite taco or chili seasoning in place of the seasoning I listed. You may or may not still need some salt, depending on your seasoning and your broth/stock. 

I love adding fresh jalapeno, but my two year old won’t eat any chili that’s too “piceyyy.” I found a can of mild chilies adds a nice flavor without spice. 

I love adding this paleo sour cream to the top. 

This chili makes a great chili dog!

I haven’t tried this without the Instant Pot, but I think you can saute the meat and vegetables in a pan and add everything to a crock pot on low for 8 hours or so with the same results. Please let me know if you try!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes