Butternut Squash Instant Pot Chili

Enjoy this hearty, healthy, and EASY butternut squash Instant Pot chili — ready in just 20 minutes! This Instant Pot chili is vegan, GF, clean eating approved, and easily made paleo, too.

Butternut Squash Instant Pot Chili | How to cook butternut squash Instant Pot chili with canned beans and fresh butternut squash. Ready in less than 30 minutes! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Yes, it took me what feels like FOREVER to finally buy an Instant Pot.

Yes, I’ve been wanting to make butternut squash chili for like EVER.

Yes, I jumped for joy when I learned I could make butternut squash Instant Pot chili in under 20 minutes.

No, I didn’t believe the chili only had to be under pressure for 6 minutes.

Yes, I was wrong.  Again, amazed.

Yes, all hail the Instant Pot and this butternut squash Instant Pot chili right here.

It’s vegan, GF, paleo, clean, darn easy, and super fast.

Yes, I’m already planning out my next Instant Pot recipes (see more below on that!).

Whole butternut squash which is partially peeled using a vegetable peeler. Bowl of cubed butternut squash which has been peeled, removed seeds, and diced into cubes.

How to Cook Butternut Squash in an Instant Pot

Fortunately, cooking butternut squash in an Instant Pot is super easy and doesn’t take much time at all.  Here are the steps you’ll need to follow for how to cook butternut squash in an Instant Pot (instructions also below in this butternut squash Instant Pot chili recipe):

  1. Remove the skin of the butternut squash using a vegetable peeler
  2. Slice both ends off the butternut squash
  3. Slice the squash in half using a large, sharp knife
  4. Remove the seeds from the inside of the squash and then discard the seeds
  5. Lay the cut halves cut-side down on a cutting board and then dice into 1-inch cubes
  6. Place into the Instant Pot, along with the other ingredients for the chili
  7. Close the lid and set valve to Sealing
  8. Press the Manual/Pressure Cook button and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes
  9. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually

If you’re going to cook the butternut squash in an Instant Pot by itself for a recipe other than this chili, you’ll want to add a little liquid as well to help cook and steam it while it’s under pressure.

Various ingredients ready to add to the Instant Pot to make the Butternut Squash Instant Pot Chili, including the cubed butternut squash, canned black beans, bay leaf, paprika, diced red onion, and fresh tomatoes. View of the butternut squash instant pot chili which has been cooked and is ready to serve.

How To Convert an Instant Pot Recipe into a Slow Cooker Recipe

Don’t yet have an Instant Pot?  That’s ok!  It took me a while to jump on buying one, too. The good news is you can easily convert this Instant Pot chili recipe into a slow cooker recipe.

While you won’t be able to saute the same way in your slow cooker, you can either choose to saute the onion in a separate skillet and then transfer into the slow cooker or just skip that step.  Then, add everything into the slow cooker as you would the Instant Pot, cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for about 3-4 hours, or until the butternut squash is tender.

If you’re ready to get your own Instant Pot, this is the one I use and it’s been awesome!

Bowl of butternut squash instant pot chili from overhead, which is topped with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapeno pepper.

Bowl of butternut squash instant pot chili, where you can see the cooked, diced butternut squash, cooked black beans, tomatoes, and it is topped with fresh avocado, lime wedge, jalapeno, and cilantro.

More Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Now that I’m on the Instant Pot wagon and have seen how easy and quick it is to make awesome food, I’m planning to make all sorts of Instant Pot recipes.  Here’s what I have shared so far on the blog:

What Instant Pot recipes would you like me to make next?  Share in the comments below!

4.8 from 5 votes
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Butternut Squash Instant Pot Chili
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Enjoy this hearty, healthy, and EASY butternut squash Instant Pot chili -- ready in less than 30 minutes!
Categories: Clean Eating, Easy Weeknight Dinner, gluten free, Instant Pot, Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: butternut squash chili, butternut squash instant pot, instant pot butternut squash recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 149 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 small jalapeno, chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 15.5 oz. can black beans (no salt added) (do not add if paleo, as beans are not paleo)
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 4 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • optional: lime wedge, fresh cilantro, avocado (for garnish)
  1. Press the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil. 

  2. Once the oil is hot, add the red onion, garlic, jalapeno, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, and cumin. Cook until the onions are soft, around 3-4 minutes.

  3. Stir in the black beans, diced tomatoes, and the broth.

  4. Add butternut squash on top of the mixture; do not stir.

  5. Close the Instant Pot lid and set valve to sealing. Press the "Manual" button and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.

  6. Let the pressure release naturally and then release the remaining pressure manually.

  7. Remove and discard the bay leaf.

  8. Serve the butternut squash chili topped with a lime wedge, fresh cilantro, and diced avocado.

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Instant Pot Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.8g4%
Saturated Fat 0.4g2%
Sodium 425.2mg18%
Carbohydrates 27.9g9%
Fiber 8.9g36%
Sugar 4.5g5%
Protein 8.9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

11 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Instant Pot Chili

  1. This just fits into a small IP.

    The recipe needs to be proofed/edited:
    1) when to add the bay leaf? I put it on top of the squash
    2) drain & rinse the beans? (I did, after reading up online)
    3) how long to “release naturally” before “then releasing manually?
    4) how to adjust if using frozen squash?

    I don’t us salt so I used a whole jalapeño and a bit more of the spices.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe! We added cheese, cilantro, and crushed chips on top and it was just perfect for a cold night!

  3. 5 stars
    good recipe to have around…used a whole jalapeno and no salt added canned tomatoes also rinsed the black beans. A good no meat chili thanks for sharing.

  4. 4 stars
    I made this butternut squash chili today in the instant pot. It was very good, but we found it a little sweet. Next time I think I will put in an entire jalapeno. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so added a can of diced tomatoes.

  5. On your butternut squash instant pot chili recipe, are the can(s) of black beans rinsed or not? Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. Was great. I loved the heat from the jalepeno. Was nice to use vegetables from my garden.

  7. Hi! I am so excited to try this recipe – it looks amazing! I am just wondering, as I have never used an Instant Pot (it gets delivered tomorrow!!! SQUEE!!!) how much I should adjust the time if I am cooking from frozen?

    Thanks! (and wish me luck, ahaha)

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