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Cheap Instant Pot Recipes

Saving money on food can be done in many ways, and one of the best is making budget-friendly Instant Pot recipes. These meals will surely please everyone in your household!

No matter if you’re in need of a filling dinner, quick lunch or light snack for the kids, these recipes will help get it on the table in no time.

Chicken Fajita Pasta

If you’re searching for an easy dinner that will please everyone in your family, this chicken fajita pasta is a must-try. Packed with tender pieces of chicken, bell peppers and an irresistibly creamy Mexican-flavored sauce that comes together in minutes!

This recipe is also budget friendly, since you cook all ingredients in one pot for less cleanup. Plus, you can prep vegetables and chicken ahead of time so you have them ready when needed for quick meals throughout the week!

This quick and delicious instant pot recipe is ideal for busy weeknights. Plus, it’s an excellent way to use up leftovers!

Beef Stew

Beef stew is a classic comfort food that’s must-have in cold weather. Not only is it simple to make, but packed with flavor.

A delicious stew should have just enough meat and veggies to fill you up without packing on too much fat or carbohydrates. Chuck beef works particularly well in stews because its connective tissues melt into the sauce, creating an incredible luscious gravy!

Begin by browning the meat in a large pot over medium heat in one layer. Doing this helps create caramelization on the exterior and create fond (little brown bits at the bottom of the pot), which will add incredible flavor to your stew!


If you’re a fan of meatloaf, then this easy Instant Pot version will surely please your palate. With everything needed to satisfy any meatloaf craving in under 30 minutes, this meal can be prepared and enjoyed!

Before you begin mixing the ingredients together, there are a few things to be mindful of. Most importantly, be careful not to overmix as this could lead to a tougher loaf.

Second, shape the meatloaf before baking it. Avoid overcompressing the meat or it will become tough.

Once all ingredients have been mixed together, form them into a loaf and place in an Instant Pot-sized foil bowl. Be sure that the sides of the foil are tall enough to prevent grease escaping during cooking.

Carrot Fries

Carrot fries make for a quick and healthy snack that takes only minutes to make with just a few ingredients. Not only that, they’re vegan-friendly and gluten free too!

This recipe is so quick and effortless, the kids can help you make it! It makes an ideal side dish or appetizer to accompany any of our Instant Pot recipes like Saucy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan or Sloppy Slow Cooker Burgers!

These air fried carrot sticks boast a crunchy exterior with soft interior that is baked until tender and golden. Seasoned with an assortment of spices, they offer just enough sweetness as well as crunch.


Chili is a hearty one-pot meal made with beef, vegetables and beans. You can make it spicy or mild by using various spices to enhance flavor and depth.

This Instant Pot recipe calls for ground beef that’s been browned in a pressure cooker with onions and garlic. Then it’s combined with fire-roasted tomatoes, beans, and plenty of spices.

This chili is sure to please any crowd! Plus, it’s an ideal make ahead and storage recipe.

You can reduce cooking time by soaking dried beans in 4 times their volume of water before using them in a pressure cooker. Most beans (pinto, black and white) will cook in less than 30 minutes at high pressure; green and brown lentils require only 15 minutes.

Minestrone Soup

A warming and comforting minestrone soup is the ideal dish to warm you up on a chilly night. Not only is it quick to make, but also inexpensive – serving it alongside several side dishes or with crusty bread for an entire meal is possible!

Italian peasants first created minestrone as a way of using up leftover vegetables, and it remains popular today due to its thick tomato-based broth and versatility in preparation. Typically made with carrots, tomatoes, kidney beans and celery for maximum flavor and nutrition.

Minestrone soup is incredibly versatile, and you can customize it to include whatever vegetables are fresh in your fridge. Enjoy this soup as-is or add in other vegetables like frozen corn or green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash or kale for an even healthier twist!

This vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free minestrone recipe takes only 30 minutes to make with no special ingredients or cooking time required.


Ziti pasta, native to Campagna in Italy, is a tube-shaped pasta commonly used in pasta al forno (baked dishes). Additionally, ziti can also be found in salads and stuffed dishes.

This recipe is sure to please, taking just 20 minutes from start to finish! Not only is it a one-pot wonder, but you can easily customize it according to your dietary needs.

Add some garlic, Italian seasoning and fresh basil for an irresistible baked ziti dinner that’s sure to please the whole family!

Chicken Tacos

Chicken tacos are one of the simplest meals to make in an Instant Pot. You can customize it by adding any protein (like chicken breast, thighs or ground turkey) and using tortillas of your choice.

If you’re on the search for a budget-friendly yet nutritious dinner, this recipe is ideal. All it requires are 8 ingredients and 17 minutes to cook!

To serve, place the filling in the center of a warmed tortilla and top it off with your favorite toppings!

If you’re searching for an inexpensive, straightforward dinner that’ll have your guests begging for more, these chicken tacos are the perfect choice. Guaranteed to become one of your family’s go-to recipes!

Fried Rice

Fried rice is an iconic Chinese dish that’s perfect for using up leftovers. Not only is it simple to make, but it tastes fantastic too!

For the ideal fried rice, use leftover long grain white rice. This type of grain is slightly dryer than same day cooked rice and results in fluffy separated grains that absorb less moisture when stir-fried.

Additionally, it is beneficial to rinse the rice before cooking in order to release some starch and prevent clumpy or sticky fried rice.

To cook a successful fried rice dish, you need to ensure the heat is high enough to fry both vegetables and rice thoroughly. No more than two or three servings of rice should be cooked simultaneously to prevent overcooking or burning of the grains.

Burrito Bowl

Burrito bowls are a beloved takeout dish at many Tex-Mex restaurants. These meals consist of seasoned meat and rice, vegetables, as well as toppings like salsas, guacamole, shredded cheeses, and sour cream.

Burrito bowls offer the great versatility to customize it according to your own tastes. You can add different fillings like sauteed fajita vegetables, grilled chicken, shredded beef or lamb and Mexican-style shredded cheeses.

Burrito bowls make for a quick and delicious dinner that everyone will love. Store them in your refrigerator or freezer for up to 3 months, depending on how long you keep them.

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