Dinner in a Dash: 25 Instant Pot Creations for Busy Foodies

Introducing a delightful collection of Instant Pot creations for busy foodies! From classic comfort dishes like Chicken Cacciatore to hearty Lamb Stew infused with Guinness, these recipes offer a flavorful twist on familiar favorites. Explore various options, including succulent Pork Chops, zesty Sausage and Peppers, and a comforting Whole Chicken Soup. Whether you’re in the mood for spicy Jollof rice or a cozy Split Pea Soup, these Instant Pot recipes promise a delicious meal in no time.

Instant Pot Lamb Stew

Lamb stew in a crock with parsley as garnish
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Our Instant Pot Lamb Stew recipe is tender lamb cooked to perfection in a rich, Guinness-infused broth with veggies. This hearty dish is ideal for St. Patrick’s Day or a cozy family dinner. The robust flavor arises from the beer, beef broth, and seared meat. Opt for organic, grass-fed lamb for a less intense flavor that’s incredibly tasty. This comforting meal has become a regular favorite at our house. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Lamb Stew

Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast

A white deep bowl with shredded beef, potatoes, and carrots
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What’s great about this Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast recipe is that it’s really easy. With your pressure cooker, the meat comes out juicy, the gravy is delicious, and the vegetables cook right along with the meat, making them really flavorful. I like using grass-fed bottom round roast for this dish. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

A chicken soup with peas and carrots in a crock with two handles
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Growing up, Chicken Pot Pie was a top favorite. We’d enjoy those little pre-made pies, piling them onto mashed potatoes and tossing the little pie dishes aside. As I got older, I had the idea to transform this childhood memory into a soup. And it’s become my new favorite comfort food. It’s brimming with tender chicken, veggies, and a creamy, flavorful broth. Plus, it’s Whole30, dairy-free, and gluten-free – a comforting meal that’s both hearty and good for you. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Instant Pot Lentils

A tortilla filled with vegetables and lentils
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This quick Instant Pot Lentils recipe is a delicious and comforting meal for busy nights. It takes less than 30 minutes and keeps all the tasty flavors locked in. The ingredients create a slightly sweet and hearty dish that’s simply delicious. I prefer black lentils and always use Vidalia onion in this recipe. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Lentils

Instant Pot Pork Chops

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Get ready for some mouthwatering Instant Pot Pork Chops! The Instant Pot makes them tender and delicious, and they’ll be ready in no time. These boneless pork chops are juicy and full of flavor. They cook in a creamy mushroom broth that’s just amazing. And let’s not forget about the mushroom sauce – it’s delightful. You’ll have extra to enjoy it in different ways, like over mashed potatoes, toast, or as a base for brown rice. It’s a treat everyone will love! Get the recipe: Instant Pot Pork Chops

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Black beans and carrots soup in a crock with two spoons on a green napkin
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This quick Instant Pot Black Bean Soup is so easy and tasty that you might start favoring your pressure cooker over regular pots, but don’t toss them out just yet – they’re handy for other things. This soup is a personal favorite, perfect for craving comfort. While dried black beans make it even heartier, you can use canned black beans as a quicker option. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

a white plate with a creamy spaghetti with vegetables and chicken
Photo Credit: Pear Tree Kitchen.

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti, an Instant Pot take on a Southern classic, isn’t just for winter. It’s a year-round, light, and easy-to-make dish. You can use leftover chicken, experiment with various cheeses, and add different ingredients. This meal offers variety to ensure your family never tires of it. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

A blue platter with chicken wings piled up
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These Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings are tender and full of flavor. What’s great about this recipe is that the wings cook up quickly – in about 30 minutes –  in the pressure cooker (or Instant Pot), and after a short broil, they turn wonderfully crispy.  They’re soaked in a tasty soy-honey marinade, which adds a fantastic flavor. This simple dish is sure to become your go-to recipe for game day. Get the recipe: Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup

A ladle with the vegan orange soup in it over the pan of soup
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Make a quick and tasty Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup in under an hour. It’s a comforting Indian-inspired soup with veggies, lentils, and a coconut broth. Using the Instant Pot makes it even easier for a one-pot meal. Perfect for those moments when you want something warm and soothing without any fuss. Enjoy this simple yet flavorful dish! Get the recipe: Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup

Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

A white square deep plate with sausages, peppers and onions
Photo Credit: Pear Tree Kitchen.

Whip up this cozy family favorite with the Instant Pot! Try the delightful Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers. It’s a go-to for chilly nights, delivering both warmth and flavor. We opt for zesty Italian sausage to elevate the taste. This one-pot wonder can be served as is or transformed into a hearty sandwich filling. Plus, you’ll appreciate the ease of cleanup afterward. It’s a win-win! Get the recipe: Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Soup

a close up of chicken soup with orzo and carrots in a grey bowl on a blue napkin
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Making this Instant Pot Whole Chicken soup is a breeze. Just load up your pressure cooker, set the timer, and soon, you’ll savor its comforting goodness. Chicken soup is known for its healing touch, perfect for any time you feel under the weather. Yet, it’s a tasty delight that suits all seasons, even when feeling your best. Sometimes, we overlook just how tasty it can be. It’s incredibly easy to whip up, and using the Instant Pot, clean-up is a snap. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Whole Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

a plate with sloppy joes on a bun with carrots, and peppers in the back
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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes are a breeze to prepare, and they beat the canned version hands down! I prefer this Instant Pot recipe to the stovetop; the meat turns out more tender, and there’s more delicious sauce. You can adjust the flavor to your family’s taste. If you’re avoiding refined sugars, try honey for a caramelized twist. It’s not just tasty; it’s also an economical meal! Get the recipe: Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

A white deep bowl with pasta, sauce and sausage
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This recipe is designed for the Instant Pot or any pressure cooker, but you can also make this Spaghetti Sauce, which I like to call gravy, on the stovetop. It’s quick and can be ready in less than an hour. Making it on the stove takes much longer, especially if you cook the sausages in the sauce, but trust me, it’s worth it. The sausages end up incredibly tender and flavorful! Get the recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup

a crock with two handles filled with the potato soup with crumbled herb on top
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Use your Instant Pot for a quick and delicious Potato Leek Soup. This combo is a classic in soups, and the Instant Pot makes it even easier. No need for milk – I just use and immersion blender for a creamy, satisfying dish. It’s comfort food at its best, ready in no time. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup

Instant Pot Jollof

jollof rice on a brown plate
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Nigerian Jollof rice is a flavorful favorite. Now, there’s an Instant Pot version for those in a hurry! This spicy dish is made in under 30 minutes with the Instant Pot or a pressure cooker. Jollof has a kick, but you can tone it down by using less habanero pepper. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Jollof

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

A crock with pea soup with ham in it, along with ground pepper and a spoon
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Warm up with a bowl of Instant Pot split pea soup! It’s a cozy meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes. This soup is packed with tender split peas, smoked pork shoulder, and fresh veggies, giving it a creamy and rich flavor. The smoky taste of the pork shoulder adds an extra delicious touch that I find special and comforting. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Black Beans

a small white bowl with black beans in it
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Replace expensive canned beans with this hassle-free, budget-friendly Instant Pot black beans! Add broth, spices, and veggies for extra flavor, and you’re set for all your favorite recipes. These beans taste amazing – perfectly cooked, with a burst of herb and spice goodness. They’re a superb match for enchiladas, burritos, or a hearty burrito bowl. Enjoy the rich flavors without the fuss! Get the recipe: Instant Pot Black Beans

Instant Pot Posole

an avocado slice in on a tomato-based soup in a bowl with chips on the side
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This instant pot posole is a hearty and flavorful dish, perfect for lunch or dinner. While traditionally made with pork, a meatless version can be just as tasty. If you haven’t tasted this Mexican classic before, you’re in for a treat. The key ingredient, hominy, gives the soup a unique earthy flavor and a wonderful texture. It’s a must for an authentic posole experience. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Posole

Instant Pot Refried Beans

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This instant pot refried beans recipe is quick, thanks to the pressure cooker. It’s not only speedy but incredibly tasty. Once you try these, you won’t settle for canned beans. I discovered this gem during my time at the Mexican restaurant. Surprisingly, ‘refritos’ doesn’t mean ‘refried,’ but rather ‘well fried’ or ‘well cooked.’ It signifies that they’re cooked to a soft texture. While I don’t cook beans to that extent, you can easily mash them up after they’re done. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Summer Soup

A grey bowl filled with a vegetable soup with a spoon and on a grey napkin
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Enjoy a delightful instant pot summer soup filled with vibrant veggies, hearty grains, and tasty broth. This recipe showcases the magic of your pressure cooker. It results in a light, flavorful, and satisfying dish. The fresh taste and harmonious flavors will make you savor every spoonful. It won’t leave you feeling overly stuffed. Pair it with some crusty bread, even in colder seasons, for a tasty meal. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Summer Soup

Instant Pot Meatballs

A white deep bowl with curly pasta with meatballs and gravy
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Short on time but craving delicious meatballs and sauce? Try this instant pot meatball recipe using ground beef. In just 12 minutes of pressure cooking, you’ll have incredibly tender meatballs in rich red sauce. They’re perfect for a hearty meatball sub or served over pasta for dinner. What’s great about this recipe is that it cooks the meatballs and sauce together, saving time and effort while ensuring juicy, flavorful results. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Meatballs

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

A pan of chicken thighs in a cream sauce
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In the Instant Pot, chicken thighs are cooked with mushrooms, onions, and chicken broth until they’re super tender. Then, they’re mixed with a creamy sour cream sauce, making this meal a winner for meal prep or quick weeknight dinners. But what truly makes it unique is the sauce. Make extra sauce because it’s not only great with the chicken but also perfect for drizzling over-baked potatoes, pasta, or whatever your heart desires. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

A blue-green plate with a saucy beef on it with parsley sprinkled on top
Photo Credit: Corrie Cooks.

This recipe is excellent for beginners or busy folks. Just make sure the beef slices are the right size, toss everything into the Instant Pot, set it, and carry on with your day. This Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is the simplest beef recipe you’ll find on Corrie Cooks! No need for complicated steps or techniques. Just let the Instant Pot do its thing with all the ingredients. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

an overhead view of a two-handled soup bowl filled with the soup with beans, chicken and tortilla chip strips on top
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This mouthwatering Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup is a quick and comforting meal, ready in just 20 minutes. Packed with tender chicken, tasty veggies, and a blend of flavorful spices, this soup hits all the right notes. It’s sure to become your top go-to side dish for Mexican food. If you prefer, you can skip the tortilla strips to make it gluten-free. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

A blue green deep dish filled with pasta with chicken and red gravy over it
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This Instant Pot chicken cacciatore recipe is a quick and easy take on the classic Italian dish. The pressure cooker helps make the chicken tender and juicy. The chicken thighs are braised in a flavorful gravy and frequently served over pasta or rice for a satisfying weeknight dinner. Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

23 Fall Cocktails You’ve Never Heard Of

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As the weather chills and the leaves turn, fall cocktails are the perfect way to warm up. From classic apple cider bourbon smashes to decadent apple dumpling cocktails, there are fall cocktails for everyone. So mix up one of these drinks and enjoy a cozy night in or a festive gathering with friends. GET THE RECIPES

17 Side Dishes That Will Elevate Any Meal

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Whether planning a family dinner, a holiday feast, or just looking to add some pizzazz to your daily meals, these delectable side dishes will surely please your taste buds and impress your guests. From classic comfort foods like creamy mac and cheese to inventive options like vegetarian stuffed zucchini, our curated list offers diverse flavors and textures. GET THE RECIPES

25 Appetizers You Need for Sunday Football

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Sunday football is a time for family, friends, and delicious appetizers. Whether you’re hosting a party or just watching the game at home, there are plenty of easy and delicious options to choose from. From classic finger foods like wings to more creative options like bacon-wrapped mushrooms, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. GET THE RECIPE

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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  1. I see some of my favorites in this collection, but there are a few I’ve never heard of and I can’t wait to try them out. Another great post, Elaine! Thanks.

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