Cook With Manali's Instant Pot Butternut Squash Chili

Vegan Butternut Squash Chili made in the Instant Pot. Hearty meal for cold days!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Manali
4.8 from 5 votes


  • 1 tablespoon oil, I used avocado oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 15.5 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, I used fire roasted with green chilies
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 450 grams butternut squash, cubed, around 2 heaping cups, with each squash piece being at least an inch or bigger in size
  • juice of 1 lime

To serve

  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges


  1. Press saute button on the Instant Pot and add oil to it. Once the oil is hot, add bay leaf and onions. Cook the onions till they are soft, around 3 minutes.
  2. Add diced jalapeƱos, chopped garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the spices- chipotle powder, cumin powder, smoked paprika and mix. Cook the spices for 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in black beans, diced tomatoes and salt. Cook the beans and tomatoes with the spices for 2-3 minutes and then add vegetable broth (or water) and mix.
  5. Add butternut squash on top, do not stir.
  6. Close the lid and set valve to sealing. Press the manual/pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.

  7. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release by manually moving the pressure valve from sealing to venting position.

  8. Stir in lime juice and serve butternut squash chili with diced avocado, cilantro and lime wedge!