Cheap instant pot recipes can really help you save a ton of time and money. They will keep you out of the drive-thru lane which your bank account will love. 

These cheap instant pot meals will need just a few ingredients and cook with limited work from you. Most of them cook in under 30 minutes or less.

10 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Chicken Tacos

To cook: Follow the recipe to cook the chicken. Shred the chicken return and to pot with additional seasonings. When finished- it’s ready for a taco shell and your favorite toppings. It only has 4 ingredients and takes 12 minutes to cook and prepare. For the full recipe click here from A Mom’s Impression.

Whole Roasted Chicken

To cook: Add the ingredients to the instant pot with the chicken to brown/saute. Once browned, add additional ingredients and finish cooking. This recipe only has 6 ingredients and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes from start to finish. Simple side ideas: White or brown rice, green beans, broccoli and cheese, mashed potatoes, or rolls. Click here for the full recipe from Snug and Cozy Life.

Chicken Lo Mein

To cook: Let veggies thaw while dicing chicken. Break up your noodles into 3 pieces. Add all ingredients to the instant pot and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool and enjoy! Click here for the full recipe from The Peculiar Green Rose.

Chicken N Dumplings

To cook: Cook chicken in an instant pot for 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and finish cooking for 12-15 additional minutes. Click here for the full recipe from Grace Like a Rain Blog.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

To cook: Add all ingredients (except chicken) to instant pot. Add the cooked chicken. Cook for 7 minutes and then allow the pressure to naturally release for an additional 10 minutes. Top with parmesan cheese and it’s ready to eat! Just 8 simple ingredients and 17 minutes to a delicious & cheap home-cooked meal. Click here for the full recipe from The Novice Chef.

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

To cook: Saute chicken in instant pot. Add rice and other seasonings. Cook for 8-10 minutes. While cooking, create the cheese sauce. After finished cooking, add cheese sauce and broccoli to chicken in an instant pot and stir well. In just under 30 minutes,  you’ll have a delicious cheap meal that your family will love. Click here for the full recipe from Flavor Mosaic.

Lemon Chicken

To cook: Season chicken and saute in instant pot. Remove chicken and saute onions. Add cooked chicken and additional ingredients and finish cooking. After it’s finished cooking, top with lemon juice and it’s ready to eat. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice. Click here for the full recipe from Nourish Plate.

Sesame Chicken

To cook: Dice onions and chicken. Add to instant pot with garlic and ginger. Saute. Add additional ingredients and cook for 3 minutes. Mix the last ingredients together and stir into instant pot until thoroughly combined. Serve with rice and additional sesame seeds and it’s ready to eat. You have a home cooked meal in just under 20 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from The Typical Mom.

Chicken Marsala

To cook: Saute sliced chicken breasts with olive oil in an instant pot. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and finish cooking. From start to finish, you can have homemade Chicken Marsala in right under 30 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from Savory Tooth.

Chicken and Rice

To cook: Add all ingredients (except rice) to the instant pot and cook. Shred chicken and then add in rice and serve. The meal will take you approximately 40 minutes to cook. Click here for the full recipe from Eating on a Dime.

10 Instant Pot Beef Recipes

Spaghetti & Meatballs

To cook: Add all ingredients to an instant pot and cook for 10 minutes. It’s now ready to eat and it only took 5 ingredients. Click here for the full recipe from Berry & Maple.

Taco Pasta

To cook: Saute beef and spices in an instant pot. Drain. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese) and finish cooking. Add cheese and melt for 5 minutes. You can add a dollop of sour cream to the top of each serving. It only takes you 13 minutes from start to ready to eat. Click here for the full recipe from The Typical Mom.

Beef Tips and Rice

To cook: Saute seasoned beef tips. Remove and saute the onion. Add all of the ingredients back to the instant pot and finish cooking. Add to the top of cooked white rice (can use instant). From start to finish it will take just under 50 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from Soulfully Made.

Roast & Potatoes

To cook: Add all ingredients to the instant pot and cook for 40 minutes. It’s ready to enjoy! Click here for the full recipe from Berry & Maple.

Beef & Broccoli

To cook: Saute the beef in the instant pot. Add in more ingredients and cook for 10 minutes. Then add broccoli, cornstarch, and water. Finish cooking and enjoy. It just takes 10 ingredients and 25 minutes to cook! Click here for the full recipe from Corrie Cooks.

Beef Stroganoff

To cook: Brown ground beef in the instant pot. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and finish cooking. Total prep and cooking time is 30 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from Skinny Comfort.

Mongolian Beef

To cook: Place ingredients in an instant pot and cook for 8 minutes. Let the instant pot naturally release for another 10 minutes. Stir and serve over rice. Click here for the full recipe from Eating. on a Dime.

French Dip Sandwiches

To cook: Cook all of the ingredients into the instant pot and cook for 60 minutes. Shred beef. Put on sandwiches with a slice of cheese. Click here for the full recipe from Eating on a Dime.

Beef Curry

To cook: Saute onion, garlic, and ginger. Add additional ingredients and cook for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. It’s now ready to eat! Click here for the full recipe from One Pot Recipes.

Beef Enchilada Casserole

To cook: Saute ground beef and drain. Layer the enchilada casserole into the instant pot and cook for 20 minutes. Once finished, top with cilantro and/or sour cream. Click here for the full recipe from 365 Days of Crockpot.

5 Instant Pot Pork Recipes

Mississippi Pork Roast

To cook: Add all ingredients to the instant pot and cook for 70 minutes. Then, let it release naturally for 15 additional minutes. Remove meat. Cook gravy in the instant pot with the remaining juices and it’s ready to eat. Click here for the full recipe from Simply Happy Foodie.

Pulled Pork

To cook: Add all ingredients to the instant pot and cook for 60 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes. Put on a bun and top with your favorite bbq sauce and enjoy! Click here for the full recipe from The Recipe Rebel.

Sour Cream Pork Chops

To cook: Saute onions and butter. Add pork chops. Cook a little bit more. Add remaining ingredients and finish cooking pork chops. Remove pork chops and create gravy. Then it’s ready to eat! Click here for the full recipe from Wholesome Recipe Box.

BBQ Pork Chops

To cook: Lay out pork chops about 20 minutes prior to cooking. Season and saute in instant pot. Remove pork chops. Add and mix additional ingredients. Put pork chops back into the instant pot and finish cooking. From start to finish will take about 45 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from Dear Crissy.

BBQ Ribs

To cook: Mix the dry rub ingredients together. Rub onto ribs. Cook and then coat with bbq sauce. Cook a few minutes longer and then you’re done. It will take about 40 minutes from start to finish. Click here for the full recipe from Lemon Blossoms.

10 Instant Pot Side Dishes Recipes

Macaroni and Cheese

To cook: Add all of the ingredients (except for the heavy cream and cheese) to the instant pot. Cook for 4 minutes. Add in heavy cream and cheese. Stir thoroughly. It’s ready to eat! All in all it takes just 9 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from The Chunky Chef.

Hibachi Fried Rice

To cook: Add rice, water, and a pinch of salt to the instant pot. Cook for 4 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally. Cook the eggs, fry the rice, and combine everything. Click here to get the full recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen.

Mashed Potatoes

To cook: Peel and quarter potatoes. Add to the instant pot and cook for 10 minutes. Mash them and add remaining ingredients. Click here for the full recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Baked Potatoes

To cook: Scrub potatoes. Add the potatoes and water to the instant pot. Cook the potatoes from 10-20 minutes (depending on size). Allow the pressure to release naturally. Click here for the full recipe from Shugary Sweets.

Broccoli

To cook: Add broccoli and water to an instant pot and cook for 0 minutes at high pressure. For softer broccoli- cook 1 minute at high pressure. It will take 5-10 minutes to reach high pressure. Click here for the full recipe from Dishing Delish.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

To cook: Pressure cook the peeled and diced sweet potatoes with water. Remove sweet potatoes and saute other ingredients. Add the sweet potatoes to the saute mixture and mash together. Add optional topping if you desire. Enjoy! Click here for the full recipe from Sweet & Savory Meals.

Brown Rice

To cook: Rinse rice, water (or broth), and salt into an instant pot and cook for up to 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and it’s ready to serve. Click here for the full recipe from Recipe Rebel.

Corn on the Cob

To cook: Break corn cobs in half. Add all ingredients into the instant pot and cook. It just takes 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes to enjoy home cooked corn on the cob. Click here for the full recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Black Eyed Peas

To cook: Rinse peas and dice bacon. Saute bacon in an instant pot. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 30 minutes. Let it release naturally for up to 15 minutes and it’s ready to eat. Click here for the full recipe from Will Cook for Smiles.

Asparagus

To cook: Add all of the ingredients to the instant pot. Cook for 0 minutes at high pressure. It will take 5-10 minutes to get to high pressure. Once it’s there, do a quick release, and you’re done! Click here for the full recipe from Eating Instantly.

10 Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Tortilla Soup

To cook: Toss all of the ingredients into the instant pot and cook on high for 30 minutes. Shred the chicken and it’s ready to eat. Click here for the full recipe from Eating on a Dime.

Beef & Vegetable Soup

To cook: Saute onion, ground beef, and garlic. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and finish cooking. It takes 40 minutes to prep and cook and then you’re ready to eat! Click here for the full recipe from Boulder Locavore.

Beef Stew

To cook: Cube beef and saute in pot. Add remaining ingredients and finish cooking. It will take you about 1.25 hours from start to finish before you’re ready to eat. Click here for the full recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen.

Brunswick Stew

To cook: Saute the onions in the instant pot. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, and crushed tomatoes. Cook. Then add the remaining ingredients and finish cooking. Click here for the full recipe from Nashtastic.

Egg Drop Soup

To cook: Add chicken broth, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic in the instant pot. Cook on high for 1 minute. Whisk eggs and green onions. Add to the top of soup and enjoy. Click here for the full recipe from Whole Lotta Yum.

Cheesy Potato Soup

To cook: Scrub and peel potatoes. Throw them in the instant pot with water and cook for up to 20 minutes. Remove water and potatoes from the pot. Saute butter. Then add milk and bullion. Saute for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mash together. Then it’s ready to serve. Click here for the full recipe from Foodies Terminal.

Chicken Noodle Soup

To cook: Saute seasoned chicken. Remove from pot. Add vegetables to pot and saute 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and finish cooking. From start to finish it’s ready in under 20 minutes. Click here for the full recipe from That’s What Che Said.

Taco Soup

To cook: Saute meat and onions in an instant pot. Drain meat. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes. Serve with Fritos, sour cream, and/or avocados. Click here for the full recipe from Oh Sweet Basil.

Lasagna Soup

To cook: Saute sausage, onion, green pepper, and garlic in the instant pot. Drain the meat and add the remaining ingredients and finish cooking. Top with cheese and enjoy! Click here for the full recipe from Shugary Sweets.

Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup

To cook: Add all ingredients to the instant pot and cook for 45 minutes. It’s ready to enjoy! Click here for the full recipe from Six Sister’s Stuff.

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