22 Cheap Instant Pot Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

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For those of us on a budget, making simple meals that the whole family will enjoy can seem like an impossible task. However, if you own an Instant Pot, you've already made it that much easier for yourself! Think of the Instant Pot as an upgrade on a classic slow cooker, with way more possibilities for dinners than you can ever imagine. With a little bit of planning, it's easier than ever to make delicious, budget friendly meals that will satisfy everyone in your family. From classic family comfort foods to more adventurous fare, family dinners will be a cinch with these cheap Instant Pot recipes.

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Caprese Chicken Thighs
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Caprese Chicken Thighs

The delicious combination of tart cherry tomatoes and creamy mozzarella cheese make these caprese chicken thighs a big hit and easy on the wallet.

02
Beef & Broccoli
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Beef & Broccoli

Upgrade a classic takeout favorite with this healthier version of beef and broccoli. And if you already have rice in the pantry, that's a few less dollars you have to spend.

03
Beef Stroganoff
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Beef Stroganoff

If you didn't think you could make noodles in an Instant Pot, think again! Add this beef stroganoff to your weekly dinner rotation for a delicious and cheap dinner.

04
Cashew Chicken
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Cashew Chicken

Another takeout favorite, this Instant Pot cashew chicken has the perfect combination of crunchy and soft textures.

05
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Add a bit of Louisiana flair to your family dinners with this easy chicken and sausage jambalaya.

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Chicken Noodle Soup
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup doesn't just have to be for sick days! This chicken noodle soup will become a family favorite in no time, and with basic but delicious ingredients, it won't break the bank.

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Mongolian Chicken
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Mongolian Chicken

You probably have most of the ingredients for this Mongolian chicken already in your pantry!

09
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Few meals are as comforting as spaghetti, but with this Instant pot version of spaghetti and meat sauce, you won't spend hours over the stove.

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Stuffed Peppers
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Stuffed Peppers

With just five ingredients, it's hard to get simpler (or cheaper) than these stuffed peppers.

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Tomato Basil Soup
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Tomato Basil Soup

Skip the canned tomato soup and instead opt for this homemade tomato basil soup.

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Baked Beans
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Baked Beans

These baked beans are perfectly sweet, salty, and comforting, and will be beloved by the whole family (and your wallet).

13
Chicken and Dumplings
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Chicken and Dumplings

For nights when you want comfort food without all the effort or time commitment, try this Instant Pot chicken and dumplings.

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Creamy Shells and Beef
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Creamy Shells and Beef

Take your mac and cheese routine to the next level (without the cost) with this creamy shells and beef recipe.

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Meatballs
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Meatballs

Don't be intimated by making your own meatballs! This Instant Pot version is easy, healthy, and affordable.

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Chicken Teriyaki Bowls
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Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

Whether served over rice or rice noodles, these chicken teriyaki bowls are sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

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Split Pea Soup
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Split Pea Soup

Soup is the perfect Instant Pot meal, and this split pea soup is sure to satisfy your family's taste buds with its sweet and salty flavors.

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Pork Chops With Mushroom Gravy
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Pork Chops With Mushroom Gravy

Gravy is the perfect way to sneak some vegetables into your kids' diets, and these pork chops with mushroom gravy are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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Ranch Chicken Pasta
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Ranch Chicken Pasta

This ranch chicken pasta will be equally beloved by adults and children with its rich, creamy flavor!

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Chicken Curry
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Chicken Curry

If your family is on the adventurous side, this chicken curry is a great way to use up some pantry and freezer staples.

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Broccoli Mac and Cheese
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Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Whether your children are craving mac and cheese or you are, this broccoli mac and cheese will satisfy your cravings and your wallet.