40+ Instant Pot Dump Dinners That Practically Make Themselves
Love slow cookers but don't necessarily love the, well, slow part? Set your sights on the Instant Pot, a pressure cooker that has all the convenience of a slow cooker but gets things done in a fraction of the time. If that sounds good to you, and you like meals that are fast, delicious, and low on the effort scale, you'll absolutely adore these dump dinners. And the best part is you're the chef here, so if you want to add more, less, or something else entirely to the pot, it'll still taste good! These quick and easy dinners also make for impressive and delicious leftovers. Keep reading for Instant Pot ideas that will be your new go-to recipes.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Erin Cullum
Instant Pot 5-Spice Beef Stew
This beef stew is the comfort food you've been searching for. Serve it with a side of cornbread or French bread to make your meal complete.
Get the recipe: five-spice beef stew
Instant Pot Balsamic Pepperoncini Pot Roast
Put a spin on the traditional pot roast with this balsamic pepperoncini sauce. It packs a big punch of flavor without being overpowering.
Get the recipe: balsamic pepperoncini pot roast
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff Soup
If you're craving something rich and comforting, look no further than this beef stroganoff soup. It's hearty and tasty, and will warm you up from the inside out.
Get the recipe: beef stroganoff soup
Instant Pot Better-For-You Chicken and Spinach Ramen
Want restaurant-level ramen without leaving home? This recipe has got you covered. With the rich broth and tasty toppings, each bite is a blessing.
Get the recipe: better-for-you chicken and spinach ramen
Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Packed with all the southwestern flavors you can imagine, this chicken enchilada casserole is stuffed with the goodies you've been searching for. Top it off with avocados and spicy salsa.
Get the recipe: chicken enchilada casserole
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Timeless, classic, and always tasty, this easy chicken noodle soup recipe will save the day every time you need to get a quick dinner on the table.
Get the recipe: chicken noodle soup
Instant Pot Chicken Pho
This impressive chicken pho recipe delivers restaurant-quality results to your own kitchen. If the smell of the broth doesn't make your mouth water, we don't know what will.
Get the recipe: chicken pho
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Saucy and savory all in one, this tasty recipe will give you your Indian food fix in no time. Garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro to complete it.
Get the recipe: chicken tikka masala
Instant Pot Chicken With Mushroom Gravy
For a great weeknight dinner, opt for this chicken with mushroom gravy recipe. It's got all the feels of comfort food without the time-consuming work.
Get the recipe: chicken with mushroom gravy
Instant Pot Chili Garlic Noodles
This sweet creation combines chili garlic, red peppers, scallions, and peanuts to make a sticky noodle dish that you won't be able to get enough of.
Get the recipe: chili garlic noodles
Instant Pot Jambalaya
Get cookin' with this flavorful jambalaya recipe. You can substitute the protein and rice for any kind you choose, or if you really want to, you can add several kinds together!
Get the recipe: jambalaya
Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken
Turn up the heat on weeknight dinners when you make this flavorful kung pao chicken. Complete with juicy chicken and fresh ginger notes, you'll be craving this every time dinner rolls around.
Get the recipe: kung pao chicken
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
An all-time classic, you can't go wrong with mac and cheese. This delicious recipe gives you a dinner that's mouthwatering, no matter how many times you have it.
Get the recipe: macaroni and cheese
Instant Pot No-Meat Bolognese Sauce
You'll want pasta night to be every night when you try this recipe. The rich Bolognese sauce pairs well with any kind of noodle, so don't be afraid to stray from your usual go-to.
Get the recipe: no-meat Bolognese sauce
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Make taco lettuce wraps in no time with this quick recipe. It only requires five simple ingredients, but feel free to add more to it if you so choose.
Get the recipe: salsa chicken lettuce wraps
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
You can make this Chinese takeout fave right in your Instant Pot, and then you have the satisfaction of making your own dinner and saving a few extra bucks.
Get the recipe: beef and broccoli
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup
This recipe takes your favorite side dish and turns it into a hearty soup.
Get the recipe: buffalo chicken soup
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
You'll be blown away by how easy it is to throw the ingredients for mac and cheese into the Instant Pot and just set it to cook.
Get the recipe: butternut squash mac and cheese
Instant Pot Carrot Soup
We love a simple soup that feels so much more indulgent than it is, which is exactly what this carrot soup is.
Get the recipe: carrot soup
Instant Pot Chicken Creole
Don't be alarmed by how long the ingredient list is for this recipe — we promise it's still quick and easy and so delicious.
Get the recipe: chicken Creole
Instant Pot Chili
There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of chili. Make a big batch of this lentil-based recipe, and reheat it at dinner — whenever you've got a craving.
Get the recipe: chili
Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
If you want a quick one-pot meal, this pasta dish is it. Everything is made right inside your Instant Pot!
Get the recipe: creamy tuscan chicken pasta
Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Chicken
The recipe for this flavorful teriyaki chicken is approximately two steps and requires a handful of pantry staples, so it doesn't get much easier.
Get the recipe: honey teriyaki chicken
Instant Pot Baked Chicken Thighs With Rice
How mouthwatering does this baked chicken thighs with rice recipe look? The chicken thighs come out superjuicy!
Get the recipe: baked chicken thighs with rice
Instant Pot Beef Ragu
Easy and incredibly filling, this easy beef ragu will quickly become a staple in your household.
Get the recipe: beef ragu
Instant Pot Chicken Piccata
Because of the sauté feature on an Instant Pot, you're able to brown the chicken piccata on all sides before finishing it in chicken broth and adding lemon juice and capers.
Get the recipe: chicken piccata
Instant Pot Classic Pot Roast
Perfect for leftovers, a classic pot roast is easy to freeze for lunches down the road!
Get the recipe: classic pot roast
Instant Pot Corn Chowder
Add bacon bits and avocado slices to this yummy corn chowder recipe. Trust us, you won't regret it!
Get the recipe: corn chowder
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Slow-cooked beef meets buttery rolls and provolone cheese in this recipe for French dip sandwiches.
Get the recipe: French dip sandwiches
Instant Pot Golden Chicken and Rice
This golden chicken and rice recipe is utterly packed with veggies. There's nothing like putting your own spin on your go-to takeout dish.
Get the recipe: golden chicken and rice
Instant Pot Korean Beef
Juicy shredded beef gets a Korean spin with soy sauce, garlic, grated ginger, and apple.
Get the recipe: Korean beef
Instant Pot Orange Chicken
You'll love digging into this savory orange chicken. Add a side of broccoli to sneak those veggies in!
Get the recipe: orange chicken
Instant Pot Rice With Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables
Loaded with the good stuff, a rice with teriyaki chicken and vegetables is perfect for families craving takeout!
Get the recipe: rice with teriyaki chicken and vegetables
Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole
Once you make a big batch of Instant Pot salsa verde chicken, use it to make this easy salsa verde chicken casserole.
Get the recipe: salsa verde chicken casserole
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos
Tacos are a staple in many households, and your kids will love building their own shredded chicken tacos with this recipe! Bring on the sour cream.
Get the recipe: shredded chicken tacos
Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
This easy recipe allows you to take a few shortcuts, like using frozen vegetables, for a light and comforting soup that takes little effort to make.
Get the recipe: vegetable soup
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
Instead of simmering chili in the slow cooker for up to eight hours, you can make a hearty chili in the Instant Pot in less than 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: vegetarian chili
Instant Pot Lentil Curry
Your family will love this recipe's wealth of flavors — ginger, garlic, curry powder, turmeric — and you'll love how well it keeps as leftovers.
Get the recipe: lentil curry
Instant Pot Pasta and Meat Sauce
This simple pasta recipe is a real crowd-pleaser and so easy to make.
Get the recipe: pasta and meat sauce
Instant Pot Pork Chops
If you want an easy and delicious pork chop recipe, this is it.
Get the recipe: pork chops
Instant Pot Spaghetti
You might actually be blown away by how absolutely easy it is to make this staple dinner in your Instant Pot with so few ingredients.
Get the recipe: spaghetti
Instant Pot Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Soup
Perfect for a cozy night in, this soup is rich in plant-based protein and fiber, which can help keep you fuller longer.
Get the recipe: sweet potato, chickpea, and red lentil soup
Instant Pot Vegan Pad Thai
This vegan pad Thai is as tasty as takeout and far healthier — it's loaded with colorful, nutrient-rich vegetables like carrots, pea pods, and peppers.
Get the recipe: vegan pad thai
Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf
You need only a few ingredients to make this yummy dish (the stars: mushrooms and pine nuts), but it'll look like you spent hours prepping it. Simply reheat it for a stress-free side at the holidays.
Get the recipe: wild rice pilaf