16 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Cost You Next to Nothing
Food can get pretty pricey, but if you plan ahead for your meals and get a little bit strategic, you'll find you can save money in the long run — especially if you've got an Instant Pot. We already know that not eating out and properly meal prepping is the first step toward saving money, but what about those times when you're really craving your favorite Mexican place or Chinese takeout? Let us help you. We have options for that! And they'll all end up being cheaper than going out to eat, plus you'll get the satisfaction of putting your own meal on the table.
With an Instant Pot, your meals come together so fast, it's almost unbelievable. And by planning ahead, you're not only saving valuable time, but you're saving money, which just leaves you extra cash to buy the important things — like new shoes. Keep reading for 16 inexpensive Instant Pot recipes that'll help you start your new shoe fund!
We bet you didn't even realize you could make this side dish in an Instant Pot, but you can make a huge batch in no time at all.
Get the recipe: mashed potatoes
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
Garlic Chicken Soup
Every garlic-lover will swoon over this soup that has 40 (yes, really) cloves of garlic. When sauteed in an Instant Pot and cooked down with broth, they become soft and tender, adding creaminess to the soup without any actual cream.
Get the recipe: garlic chicken soup
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
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This casserole is easy to throw together in your Instant Pot and will cost you so much less than grabbing Mexican takeout twice a week.
Get the recipe: chicken enchilada casserole
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
Honey Sesame Chicken
The best part about this supersimple chicken recipe is that you can freeze it after you've cooked it and reheat it any time.
Get the recipe: honey sesame chicken
There are a million and one ways to make chili, but this is the fast and cheap way with your Instant Pot.
Get the recipe: chili
By far the quickest and best way to make hard-boiled eggs is in the Instant Pot. The best part? They peel effortlessly with no shell residue in sight.
Get the recipe: hard-boiled eggs
Shredded Chicken Tacos
These tacos are the perfect appetizer for any party, and the chicken comes together so quickly in your Instant Pot.
Get the recipe: shredded chicken tacos
Potato Corn Chowder
This ultimate comfort food can be pulled together with a lot of ingredients you already have on hand in your kitchen and will hit the spot on any slow day.
Get the recipe: potato corn chowder
You can even make this perennial favorite in your Instant Pot, and no one will ever know how fast and easy it was to make — unless you tell them.
Get the recipe: pot roast
Once you've made a batch of this simple Mexican rice, you can pair it with anything else you've got planned for the week.
Get the recipe: Mexican rice
This pasta dish looks so much fancier than it is. You can impress any guests with it, we promise.
Get the recipe: beef ragu
4-Ingredient Barbecue Chicken
You can cook this barbecue chicken in a slow cooker or in the Instant Pot. Bonus: the Instant Pot allows you to reduce the runny sauce on the high setting after you remove the chicken until it becomes thick and glaze-like.
Get the recipe: four-ingredient barbecue chicken
This delicious recipe requires so little time and is so delicious.
Get the recipe: pork chops