Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chili Mac

There’s so much to love about this pressure cooker chili mac! It’s unbelievably flavorful for such a simple recipe, lower carb and higher protein thanks to chickpea pasta, and requires one pot and about 30 minutes. 

I used a 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi to make this chipotle chili mac, but I’ve included notes for both Instant Pot and stovetop prep. I’ll walk you through the recipe and touch on ingredient modifications below. And you can find the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

A 30-minute pressure cooker chili mac recipe with lean ground beef, low carb chickpea pasta, chipotle peppers, and shredded cheddar. Every massive serving has 29 grams of protein with only 27 grams of carbs and 325 calories!

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Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chili Mac Ingredients

This recipe is really as easy as throwing things in the pot. You can break it down to three groups of ingredients:

  1. onion, garlic, ground beef, spices
  2. diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chipotle peppers, green chiles, beef or chicken broth
  3. the pasta 

Cook ’em up, top with shredded cheddar, and you’re done! 

banza pasta elbows, diced onion, minced garlic, spices, and canned goods for chipotle chili mac

As far as modifications go, feel free to customize spices and the vegetables you include. Just be aware that you’ll need enough liquid to cook the pasta in when pressure cooking.

Compare your chili mac before pressure cooking to the photos below and you should be perfectly fine!

Chipotle Chili Mac Recipe Walkthrough

Add the onion, garlic, ground beef, and spices to the pressure cooker and cook the beef completely using its sauté function. Nothing fancy here! 

The only thing you’ll need to do before adding the second group is to roughly chop the chipotle peppers. If you’d rather run them through a food processor like in my chipotle black bean chili or pineapple chipotle crockpot chicken, that’s perfectly fine. 

Hot tip: The spice in this recipe isn’t as strong as you’d think. The acidity in the tomatoes and volume of beef do a great job at balancing things out. Chopping instead of blending seems to tone it down as well.

Give everything a stir and add the pasta. Stir, seal, and cook on high for five minutes. 

Make sure the pasta is cooked to your liking before topping with cheese and broiling for two minutes (if you’re using a Foodi) or covering to melt the cheese. You can also reserve the cheese and top each serving individually. I’ve included the nutrition facts sans cheese in the notes below.  

Final Recipe Notes

If you’re unfamiliar with the Ninja Foodi, it’s an all-in-one pressure cooker, air fryer, slow cooker, and a few more things. You can use it for everything from crispy air fried rosemary parmesan potatoes and breakfast pizza to pressure cooker cheeseburger soup and 20-minute mac and cheese

I’ve found the Foodi’s pressure cooker function cook times to be almost identical to my 6-qt Instant Pot. You can learn more about the Foodi on my Amazon storefront

You might notice the recipe calls for 93/7 ground beef as opposed to 96/4 like I used in my recent ground beef and potatoes skillet or sweet chili ground beef and brussels sprouts. I went with 93/7 mainly because there’s really no other source of fat in the recipe. Feel free to use 96/4 to reduce the fat content in your chili mac. 

Okay, that should cover it. If you have questions about this chipotle chili mac, drop a comment below.

Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chili Mac

Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chili Mac

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A simple one pot chili mac with lower carb chickpea pasta, chipotle peppers, and shredded cheddar.


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef, 93/7
  • 2 medium White Onions, diced
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander (optional)
  • 2 15oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 C Beef or Chicken Broth
  • 7oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, roughly chopped
  • 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 4 oz can Diced Green Chiles
  • 8 oz Banza Pasta Elbows
  • 3/4 C (84g) Shredded Cheddar (optional)


  1. Set your pressure cooker to its high heat sauté function and spray the pot with nonstick cooking spray. Notes for stovetop prep included below.*
  2. Add the onion, garlic, beef, and dry spices to the pot. Use a spatula to break the beef into small crumbles as it cooks. Cook until no pink remains in the beef, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, green chiles, chopped chipotle peppers, tomato paste, and broth to the pot. Stir everything together evenly before adding the pasta and stirring again.
  4. Seal the pressure cooker and cook on its high pressure for 3 minutes with quick release pressure (vent as soon as it's finished cooking).
  5. Stir and make sure the pasta is cooked before topping with the shredded cheddar.
  6. If you're using a Ninja Foodi, use the broil function for 2 minutes. If you're using an Instant Pot or another pressure cooker, cover the chili mac and let the heat melt the cheese. (You can also add the cheese to each individual serving.)


Each serving has 8 Smart Points.

Nutrition facts without cheese (in case you want to top each serving individually): 290 calories, 26 grams of protein, 27 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fat, and 7 Smart Points

*For stovetop, follow the recipe as written, cooking over medium-high heat. Once you add the tomatoes and other ingredients, bring the mixture up to a simmer before adding the pasta. Cover and cook for around 8-10 minutes, testing the pasta for doneness along the way.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Servings Serving Size: 1 1/3 C (290g)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 29g

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28 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chili Mac”

  • I was looking for the serving size or how many servings total for this recipe and macros listed? I LOVE YOUR RECIPES!

    Thank you!
    Amy DeHaven

  • This recipe is so, so good! I used my crockpot because I don’t have an instapot and it turned out delicious!! I love anything chipotle so I had it make this ASAP. The creaminess and flavor is unreal. I would eat it everyday if I could! Everyone needs to make this dish!!

  • Has so much flavor and good portion sizes. If you want it EXTRA spicy you can add the liquid from the Chipotle Peppers (did it not realizing I wasn’t supposed to and it was a bit too spicy for me). Added plain Greek yogurt to cut down on the spice and it was perfect!

  • I made this last week, and it was delicious. 10 servings did come out of it, and did take a little longer since I did do it on the stove top. The one thing I would do differently would be adding less Chipotle peppers, since it came out a tad spicier than I was hoping. It tastes better when it’s reheated! 8/10

  • I made this with the same Banza pasta and really liked it. Super friendly for weight watchers and heats up great for when I do it at the start of the week. Like that I can adjust the flavor a little based on if I use mild or medium diced Chiles

  • This is so yummy! The only change I made was using adobo spiced canned tomatoes since I couldn’t find the actual canned Adobo peppers. It had plenty of spice for us & found it to be a good substitute.

  • Another day, another Mason recipe. I made this on the stovetop, following the directions (add everything, simmer, then add the pasta). After I split and weighed everything out, I added the cheese. The cheese melted once I reheated it for dinner tonight. I added mini club crackers, because why not? Definitely one of my favorites so far (although that list is getting rather long).

    I’m here for any and all things Banza pasta – keep em coming!

  • 5 stars! I used rotel tomato can instead of adding additional green Chile. I also left out the chipotle in adobe sauce since I’m expecting and those cans are not bpa free. I used adobe chili powder as substitute along with regular chili powder. This recipe was delicious and will be making again.

  • I added the adobo peepers chopped and all the juices. I’m on fire! And I’m a good Cajun girl who likes spicy. This is whole ‘nother level. Adding yogurt and broth…. any other ideas.??

    Aside from the heat, it’s delicious!

    • Oh no! I thought this one was pretty toned down compared to my usual chipotle recipes. Did you use half the can or a whole can? Sounds like you’re on the right track with yogurt and broth. The only other things that come to mind would be more acidity like lime juice when serving or maybe more tomato paste. Hope that helps!

  • This is such a delicious, easy, and cheap recipe and I made it on the stove top (hoping for an instapot for christmas!) I meal prep lunches for myself and my boyfriend and this is one of his favorites because the portions are huge and its “enough food” for him. Thanks again, Mason, for making easy to follow/easy to make and cheap recipes.

  • This is seriously the best recipe I’ve ever had…. my local restraint tried to make something like this but it contained more fat than I should consume in one week. This taste even BETTER.. i LOVE pasta more than life and then to include chili. Amazing is an understatement! If you’re trying to be healthy AND enjoy it, this is for you!!! RUNNNN

  • Tried the Chipotle Chili Mac stovetop style and it was delicious. It has a nice smoky flavor because of the chipotle peppers. It was really easy to make and you get a pretty big serving size! It’s nice to know that I can watch my macros but still really enjoy my food! I did sub the beef for lean ground turkey, but otherwise everything stayed the same. We will add this to our weekly/bi-weekly rotation and try more recipes!

  • I tried this in my instantpot and it was SO GOOD! The whole house smelled delicious as it was cooking! It definitely has a kick to it, but I like it spicy so it was perfect for me. You could always top it with some sour cream or greek yogurt to cut the heat a bit.

  • This dinner is a fav in our house – so quick and easy and love the protein content 🙌🏼 I tend to ease on side of caution with spicyness – so omitted some of the peppers and it tasted great!

  • Love the flavor in this dish. Ours came out as more of a soupy chili instead of a “mac” but it’s still delicious!

  • I made this recipe from my Madeline Moves Tighter Together cookbook resource and man was it amazing! Not only was it easy and quick, but the serving size is surprisingly big. This was my first time using a chickpea pasta and it was a game changer- I’ll only buy that or lentil pasta now! Definitely would recommend this recipe.

  • I got this recipe from doing Madeline Moves Tighter Together last January, and it was such a hearty protein packed dish! I count macros and always struggle to meet my protein, so the macros for these were amazing. It did come out spicier than I anticipated but it was still good and I’d definitely make it again.

  • Hey Mason, really want to make this. However I don’t have any chipotle peppers, any subs? Or can I just skip? I have cayenne, green chili’s, and some jalapeños but no chipotle!

    • You could probably double up on the tomato paste and add some spice with jalapeño peppers or some ground chilis. For future reference, I like to keep some ground chipotle on hand in case I ever want that smoky flavor and don’t have them on hand.

  • I wish I would of read the reviews about spiciness, because it is a tad spicy. BUT it’s delicious! My husband and I devoured it. Would definitely make again without as many peppers.

  • I love a good heart meal with a surprising kick to it! It was super simple to make and not a lot of dishes is always a plus! Such a good size serving for pretty awesome macros! Love it and highly recommend!

  • I did this over the stop stop and it came out perfect. I topped with some chili fritos cause I had the macros and I highly recommend doing that lol

  • So excited to try this recipe, especially after reading the comments! I loooooove a good spicy meal! However, I usually use ground turkey when I am making anything that calls for beef. I looked through the comments but did see that anyone had tried it. Does it change any of the cook time or will I need to add any extra liquid?

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