Maple Bourbon Instant Pot Chili

A sweet and spicy soup with a kick, this Maple Bourbon Sweet Potato Instant Pot Chili is the perfect autumnal vegan and gluten-free family meal.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
4.88 from 8 votes
Sweet Potato Chili
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Chili
Servings: 4
Calories: 239 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 (15) ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15) ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • a few fresh springs of cilantro
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 3 small corn tortillas, toasted and sliced (optional)
  1. Turn your Instant Pot to sauté, add oil, and let it heat up for 30 seconds. Once the oil is hot, add onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and fragrant. 

  2. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.  

  3. Add cubed sweet potatoes, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper, stirring until vegetables are well coated. 

  4. Add vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, maple syrup, and bourbon. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set the mode to "soup". Set a timer for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off, lid should release itself. If it doesn't, turn the air valve to "venting" until the pressure has been released. Remove lid and check to make sure the sweet potatoes are tender. 

  5. If using tortillas, lightly oil a cast iron skillet and pan-fry the tortillas on each side for 2-3 minutes until crispy. Remove from heat and let cool before cutting into thin strips. 

  6. Serve with cilantro, green onions, and toasted tortillas. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can make this chili in a soup pot. You'll want to cook the chili for about 30 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender. 

Nutrition Facts
Maple Bourbon Instant Pot Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 597mg26%
Potassium 589mg17%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20270IU405%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.