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Copycat Hormel Chili

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Last Updated on November 28, 2020

Love Hormel Chili? This copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing but it’s made from scratch with real food ingredients. You can make this in your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker!

gluten free instant pot copycat Hormel chili in a bowl with cheese sprinkled on top

Growing up we ate Hormel Chili.   My father would make this for us and I can see him know, with a can opener turning that red can around in a circle and then dumping the contents  into a pan on the stove.    He would later top his bowl with 20 saltine crackers and devour it.

Hormel chili was my first taste of chili so my taste buds have kinda been primed to believe that true chili tastes like Hormel.

Anyhow, now that I follow a Gluten-free diet, I had to recreate this recipe and I wanted to make it with my Instant Pot.  This recipe took me 2 years to figure out.

gluten free instant pot copy cat Hormel chili  close in a bowl with cheese on top

I know. It seems kinda crazy it took that long but it did.

Having said that I can say this with heart that this is the only chili recipe I will make for the rest of my long days! It’s that good.

What your need for this CopyCat Hormel Chili Recipe


If you don’t have rice flour, you can use cassava flour, wheat flour, etc.

Slow Cooker Option: Don’t have an Instant Pot, you can cook this in your slow cooker on low for 4 to 5 hours.

gluten free instant pot hormel chili copycat
Yield: 6

Copycat Hormel Chili

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

This Copycat Hormel Chili is perfect with cornbread for a simple dinner



  1. In your Instant Pot hit the SAUTE button and add the bacon fat, garlic and onions and cook until translucent, roughly 3 minuets.
  2. Add in the ground beef and brown. Add in all the spices, tomato paste, and the rice flour and stir until well combined. Add in the pinto beans. 
  3. Add in the water and turn off the Instant Pot. Seal with the lid and press the MANUAL Button and add time until you have 20 minutes. When the time is over, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then open the quick release valve.


Slow Cooker Option:

Place all the ingredients in your slow cooker on low for 4 to 5 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1478mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

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Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Made today with 1 can kidney and 1 can black beans (that’s what I had on hand) and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 19th of August 2021

This was delicious! I didn't have bacon grease, so I added some maple syrup and liquid smoke. So good!!

Kelly Bejelly

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

So glad you enjoyed it!

Paige Morales

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I am going to make this recipe but omit the beans. Do you recommend I still add 3 cups of water? Thank you!!

Kelly Bejelly

Thursday 15th of April 2021

You can reduce the water to 1 1/2 cups however you will need to reduce the spices added.

Corey L.

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Does this taste like original Hormel Chili or like the the stuff Hormel calls chili now?

Kelly Bejelly

Sunday 6th of December 2020

The original chili :)

Jean Hurley

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Can you use other flours that are Paleo approved instead of rice flour? Also, what changes, if any, if you want to go bean free?

Kelly Bejelly

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

You can use Cassava flour - but use half of what is suggest with rice. I would reduce the salt by half with no beans.

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