Copycat Hormel Chili

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Last Updated on December 16, 2023

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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46 thoughts on “Copycat Hormel Chili”

  1. This is definitely going in my Instant Pot! I actually have some beef in the fridge right now and was wondering what to cook. This will be a lovely dinner tonight!

  2. I am in the process of making this now. I noticed it doesn’t say when to add the tomato paste so I added it after the spices and with the water. Also is it really 1 whole tablespoon of salt? Or do you mean teaspoon? Hoping it comes out. Smells amazing!!

  3. does this really taste like hormel chili? I need to know this information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because yes hormel chili is how chili should be tasting. It is known.

  4. I grew up on the old Hormel Chile with bean recipe. I could not eat it again after they removed the fat. Does this recipe taste like the original? What brand of Chili Powder? You know that is vital information. Thanks

  5. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to make it. I have tried so many chilies looking for that taste for years. Will let you know how it went. Thank you for shearing!!!

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. Lol my dad was the Hormel guy, too. I’m excited to make this, but I’m wondering if the 20 minute time setting is for uncooked beans? It seems like a lot for canned beans which the recipe says to use…? I don’t want to end up with mush! Thanks! 😁

  9. I don’t have an instant pot nor a slow cooker but simmering it for a couple of hours on the stove made it hard to wait for dinner! We served it over Fritos, soooooo good! Thank you for the GREAT recipe, it will become a staple at this house.

    • You’re welcome! Yes, this Instant Pot Hormel Chili recipe is freezer-friendly. After preparing the chili, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bags. Make sure to leave some space for expansion when freezing. You can keep the chili in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave. Happy cooking and freezing!

  10. This recipe is fantastic. I will never make chili any other way again.
    I did have trouble with the Instant Pot giving a burn warning . This happened multiple times. I gave up,on the pressure cook and chose the slow cook option. Is cooking now and I am sure it will again be great.

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Hormel Chili was always my favorite growing up, but I’ve had to abandon it years ago since trying to lose weight and eat healthier. This tastes EXACTLY like what I remember, and I’ve modified my various chili recipes to reflect the seasonings in this one. Now I can’t wait to make chili, versus kind of tolerating it.


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