These Dinners Practically Make Themselves — All You Need Is an Instant Pot
Some days (most days, if you're me) when you get home from a long day of work, you just really don't feel like sweating over a stovetop to make dinner. This is truly where your Instant Pot comes in handy. It's genuinely there to make your life easier and help you cook faster. For those nights when you have better things to do than spend hours cooking, get your Instant Pot ready to do all the work for you with one of these tasty dinner recipes. We've got more than 30 options to choose from with a variety of meat choices and even some veggie options if meat's not your thing. Keep reading to see them all.
Pesto Chicken and Potatoes
No joke: cooking chicken in an Instant Pot takes eight to 10 minutes. Add just a few minutes to dinner prep to make the homemade pesto, and you've got a balanced meal in no time at all.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot pesto chicken and potatoes
Juicy shredded beef gets a Korean spin with soy sauce, garlic, grated ginger, and apple.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Korean beef
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: Instant Pot vegetable soup
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: Instant Pot chicken piccata
Spicy Creole sauce and juicy shredded chicken combine for this warming dinner that you can ladle into bowls or serve over rice.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot chicken Creole
French Dip Sandwiches
Slow-cooked beef meets buttery rolls and provolone cheese in this recipe for french dip sandwiches.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot french dip sandwiches
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: Instant Pot vegetarian chili
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
Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
You'll be blown away by how easy it is to throw the ingredients for butternut squash mac and cheese into the Instant Pot and just set it to cook.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot butternut squash mac and cheese
Pasta and Meat Sauce
This simple pasta recipe is a real crowd-pleaser and so easy to make.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot pasta and meat sauce
Wow your friends with this easy recipe that requires very little effort on your part.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot pot roast
Chicken Noodle Soup
A solid chicken noodle soup recipe is something everyone should have in their repertoire, and this one is simple to make.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot chicken noodle soup
White Chicken Chili
This white chicken chili recipe is so tasty, your whole family will love it.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot white chicken chili
The Instant Pot is a great resource for making fast and easy pasta dishes, and this recipe is easy to master.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot spaghetti
Kung Pao Chicken
Re-create this takeout favorite right in your Instant Pot in no time at all.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot kung pao chicken
Chicken Tikka Masala
Make this chicken tikka masala for a dinner party and your friends will never want to leave — it's that good.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot chicken tikka masala
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: Instant Pot 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: Instant Pot chicken enchilada casserole
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: Instant Pot potato corn chowder
This pasta dish looks so much fancier than it is. You can impress any guests with it, we promise.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot beef ragu
This dish comes together in only about 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot chicken pho
Salsa Chicken Tacos
You'll never believe how easy it is to whip up these tacos!
Get the recipe: Instant Pot salsa chicken tacos
This one-pot dish is perfect for busy weeknights when you don't feel like cooking.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot teriyaki chicken
Defrost a frozen sirloin and crank up the Instant Pot to get a gorgeous plate of beef stroganoff just like Grandma used to make.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot beef stroganoff
Creamy Shells and Beef
Nothing says "sit back and relax" like this creamy shells and beef — a seriously upgraded version of Hamburger Helper.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot creamy shells and beef
Persian beef stew
Thanks to a delectable mix of spices, this Persian beef stew is the best centerpiece when basmati rice and a handful of mint and basil leaves are involved.
Get the recipe: Persian beef stew
Garlic Chicken Soup
This garlic chicken soup is a warm and fun option. Added bonus: no rolls necessary.
Get the recipe: garlic chicken soup
Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Soup
The sweet potatoes really shine in this flavorful soup recipe.
Get the recipe: sweet potato, chickpea, and red lentil soup
Broccoli Cheese Soup
A gloomy day calls for the perfect cup of soup — like this broccoli cheese option.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Soup
This soup lives up to its name, because it includes whatever you have on hand. It comes together in no time with your Instant Pot!
Get the recipe: Everything but the Kitchen Sink Soup
Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili
The sweet potatoes in this chili recipe really shine, thanks to the tomato base of the soup.
Get the recipe: Instant white bean chicken chili