I woke up today, feeling energized. I realized it was a new month when I saw “July 1st, 2021” on my phone’s screen. I decided to start the new month in a remarkable way by making one of my favorite recipes in the whole wide world: Instant pot chilli mac!

(By the time this post goes up, it will likely no longer be July 1st. Haha!)

I made this recipe with turkey (ground) and veggies like bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and kidney beans. I wanted it to be gluten-free, so I used gluten-free Barilla elbows. The result? A hundred percent!

This meal is delectable. I promise it will make its way to your top 3 favorite foods!

Let’s make this instant pot chili mac recipe!

Instant Pot Chili Mac

This recipe is perfect for busy week nights and you can make it in just 25 minutes. All thanks to the instant pot!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 488 kcal


  •  2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground lean turkey or lean ground beef
  •  1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup of kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 ½ cups of uncooked gluten-free elbows
  •  2 teaspoons of chili powder
  •  ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 (14oz) can of tomato sauce
  •  1 (14 oz) can of mildly diced tomatoes
  • 1 ⅓ cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
  • Cilantro


  • Set Instant Pot to sauté. When it is hot, add in the olive oil.  Sauté the ground turkey until nearly cooked through.
  • Add in onions, bell peppers, and saute for a couple minutes until the veggies soften. Then add garlic and zucchini, cook for an additional minute. 
  • Mix seasonings and salt into tomato sauce, then set aside.
  • Set Instant Pot for 3 minutes (if you are using a corn based pasta, do 2 minutes)  After cooktime, do a quick release.
  • When it’s safe to open the lid, give your Chili Mac a good stir, then add cheddar cheese. 
  • Garnish with Cilantro. Serve hot and give yourself a pat on the back!
Keyword Gluten-free Chili Mac, Instant Pot Chili Mac

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I used Cheddar cheese for this recipe. You can try other gluten-free cheese like Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Provolone. I have used all these and they were great! Feel free to substitute.  However, I have never used goat cheese in my Chili mac.

Have you ever used goat cheese? Please let me know what you think about it. I will love to try it soon.

I hope you make this instant pot chilli mac soon. I am rooting for you.