Cheap Instant Pot Recipes Under $10

This Collection of 47 Cheap Instant Pot Recipes is full of delicious meals that cost under $10 to make! Thanks to the Instant Pot, it’s never been easier to feed your family great-tasting food while sticking to a budget.

Includes recipes that are suitable for gluten free, low carb, and vegan diets. Weight Watchers points also included in some recipes.

Good news, Instant Pot fans: you can now add the word cheap to the long list of benefits that cooking with Instant Pot provides. That’s because I have put together a collection of Cheap Instant Pot Recipes that are all super easy, inexpensive, and totally delicious!

Yeap, each of these 47 easy Instant Pot meals costs less than $10 to make and will feed at least 4. Perfect for those of us looking to feed our family great-tasting meals while sticking to a budget.

Oh, and did I mention that they are all super quick and easy to make? Most require just a handful of everyday ingredients and a few simple steps to make.

And I’ve even included a few ‘dump and start’ easy Instant Pot recipes. These cheap Instant Pot meals help you save money and save time!

And if you’re looking to stretch your dollar even further with the Instant Pot, you’ll want to learn how to make Instant Pot Iced Boba Coffee, this easy homemade Instant Pot Yogurt, and my DIY Instant Pot Vanilla Extract.

Instant Pot Recipe Binder

This awesome 30-page Instant Pot Recipe Binder Printable gives you everything you need and all in one place.

It contains all sorts of easy-to-use tools and helpful information to give you a truly organized and easily accessible Instant Pot recipe collection.

Friends, this list of frugal dishes made in the Instant Pot includes main dishes, soups, sides, breakfast and even dessert! Yeap, I think it’s safe to say this collection of tasty food has totally got you covered.

There’s even a section dedicated to the very best – and cheapest – Instant Pot Chicken Recipes.

Your tastebuds and your wallet are about to be a whole lot happier, thanks to these tasty and frugal Instant Pot Recipes!

Happy cooking 🙂

Cheap Instant Pot Recipes Materials


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Here are some of the items you will need to make these Dump and Start Instant Pot Recipes.

Are you ready to save money and learn how to make these awesome Instant Pot Cheap Recipes?! Then read on!

Instant Pot Main Dishes

1. Instant Pot Rice and Vegetables

top down view of the finished instant pot

You need just a few ingredients to make this quick Instant Pot Rice and Vegetables recipe.

This is one of those meatless meals that is super tasty, super easy, affordable, and so versatile.

Pair it with some tortilla chips and your favorite toppings for a simple meal that’s sure to please.

2. Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

dump and start instant pot mexican quinoa served with cilantro and lime wedges

This flavourful Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa is full of great color and flavor.

A simple meal that is healthy, versatile, and super affordable.

3. Dump and Start Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta served in a ceramic bowl with a large spoon

Need a quick dinner for those busy weeknights? This Instant Pot Bacon Pasta is it!

The combination of pasta, bacon, and an easy cream sauce is the ultimate comfort food.

Rich, creamy, and full of bacon goodness, this is a family-friendly, inexpensive, and totally tasty meal.

4. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese – 5 Ways

five white bowls with different varieties of instant pot mac and cheese on a countertop

Kid friendly mac and cheese that the adults will also love? Yes, please!

Creamy and delicious mac and cheese made in the Instant Pot is a savory meal for the entire family.

And with 5 different tasty and budget-friendly preparations, you’ll never run out of affordable dinner ideas.

5. Instant Pot Garlic Butter Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti served on a blue ceramic plate with a silver fork and cloth napkin

Affordable and easy recipes don’t get much better than this Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti.

Made with just 8 everyday pantry essentials, this is one of those great ideas you’ll want to reach for whenever you need to whip up easy meals.

This a hassle-free dump and start recipe for the novice chef as well as seasoned pros that is cheap, satisfying, and totally tasty.

6. Instant Pot Meatballs

These Instant Pot Meatballs are so flavourful and juicy, you’ll never want to make meatballs any other way!

A frugal and effortless meal that is ready to serve in just a few minutes.

P.S. To really get the most bang for your buck, buy ground beef on sale and then check out this post to learn how to freeze meatballs.

7. Instant Pot Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

a bowl filled with instant pot pumpkin mac and cheese ands garnished with toasted pecans

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is creamy, cozy, and chock full of flavorful pumpkin and spices.

It’s everything you love about classic mac and cheese, with a frugal and flavorful fall twist.

This is one of those easy, affordable, and savory meals that you’ll want to make all season long!

8. Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef

the finished barbacoa beef inside the instant pot

Barbacoa Beef is full of flavor, and pressure cooking means it’s ready in under an hour and turns out perfectly tender every time.

9. Instant Pot Rasta Pasta

close up view of the finished Instant Pot Rasta Pasta inside the Instant Pot insert

Instant Pot Rasta Pasta is bursting with bold flavor and color! An easy-to-make twist on the popular dish, This Caribbean Instant Pot recipe is perfect for quick dinners or as part of your weekly meal prep solution.

10. Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

the completed Instant Pot Beef Tips served in a ceramic bowl

Instant Pot Beef Tips is a delicious, satisfying, and budget-friendly comfort food meal that’s ready in just about 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

11. Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast

the completed instant pot frozen chicken breast recipe served in a ceramic dish

Cooking frozen chicken breast Instant Pot style is incredibly easy and turns out perfectly moist and tender every time.

This means you can buy chicken breast in bulk and when it’s on sale, then simply stash them in the freezer until needed.

They go from frozen to ready to serve in just minutes, which saves time and saves money.

12. Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Learn how to EASILY cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot in less than 45 mins. This is a simple and easy-to-follow Instant Pot recipe that can be modified to suit your needs. Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 diet friendly. #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #instantpotwholechicken #pressurecookerwholechicken

Yeap, you can cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot!

This budget-conscious recipe takes less than 45 minutes and gives you a super moist, super flavorful rotisserie-style chicken.

13. Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Overhead shot of a salad with slice chicken breast, salad greens and pomegranate

Easy to make and easy on your wallet, this Instant Pot chicken breast recipe produces flavorful, tender, perfect chicken breasts using fresh or frozen chicken.

14. Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

overhead shot of instant pot chicken thighs on a plate

This cheap and easy recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Thighs turns out perfect every time. You will absolutely love these moist, tender, and flavorful chicken thighs.

15. Instant Pot Chicken Mac and Cheese

a bowl filled with instant pot chicken mac and cheese with a spoon stuck inside

Instant Pot Chicken Mac and Cheese is an inexpensive meal that the whole family will love. It’s so easy to whip up this creamy and satisfying dish with less than 10 minutes of effort.

16. Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

assembling instant pot chicken tacos

These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are fresh, flavorful, inexpensive, and sooooo simple to make. Your Taco Tuesdays just got a whole lot easier!

17. Instant Pot Chicken Nachos

a hand removing some of the instant pot chicken nachos from a tray

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a totally crave-worthy combo of Mexican and BBQ flavors.

18. Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta

top down view of the chicken alfredo instant pot

It’s so quick and easy to make delicious and satisfying Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo. A one-pot meal that’s a perfect busy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

19. Instant Pot Chicken Tenders

one of the finished instant pot chicken tenders being removed from the instant pot with tongs

These delicious, budget-friendly Instant Pot Chicken Tenders go from fridge to table in about 15 minutes.

20. Instant Pot Chicken Marinades

These 7 Instant Pot Chicken Breast Marinades are quick, easy, and bursting with flavor. These handy and inexpensive homemade marinades are the perfect way to take your Instant Pot Chicken to the next level.

Instant Pot Soups

21. Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup

overhead view of cauliflower soup in bowls one big and one small

Mexican Spiced Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup is easy, comforting, and deliciously creamy. Made with only a handful of ingredients, it’s a great no-fuss, flavourful and frugal weeknight dinner.

22. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

This Instant Pot Lentil Soup recipe is a budget-conscious dish that is vegan, gluten-free, and bursting with bold flavor.

23. Instant Pot Goulash

bowl of instant pot goulash with a spoon sticking out sitting on white towel

Make delicious Hungarian goulash quickly in your Instant Pot for a meal the whole family will love.

This hearty stew is an inexpensive and easy meal that is sure to satisfy.

24. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

instant pot chicken soup in a serving bowl with spoon sticking out

This recipe gives you everything you love about a classic comforting bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup, made quickly and cheaply in the Instant Pot!

25. Instant Pot Chili

overhead view of instant pot chilli in a large pot

Comforting, warming, and delicious Instant Pot Chili with 2 secret ingredients! It’s an inexpensive and easy Instant Pot recipe that’s ready to serve in just 25 minutes.

26. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

pot of white chicken chili recipe garnished with radishes next to a white towel

This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe is a budget-friendly meal that tastes great and is simple and easy to make. Be prepared for this to become your new favorite chili recipe!

Instant Pot Sides

27. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Overhead shot of Instant Pot Mashed Potato in a bowl, with spring onions and a cloth

These dreamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy and fluffy and come together in just about 30 minutes.

Easy to make and easy on your wallet, this just may be the best Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe ever.

28. Instant Pot Rice – 4 Ways

Bowl of instant pot white rice next to instant pot with seasoning and spoon

With these 4 awesome and inexpensive Instant Pot rice recipes, you’ll never need to make rice any other way again!

29. Instant Pot No Knead Dinner Rolls

completed instant pot dinner rolls served in a bowl lined with a cloth towel

Making delicious homemade dinner rolls just got a whole lot easier. Mix and proof the dough right in the Instant Pot – no kneading required!

30. Dump and Start Instant Pot Black Beans

the finished instant pot black beans stew inside the instant pot

Make versatile and delicious black beans from scratch in the Instant Pot in less than an hour, and no soaking is required.

31. Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

An instant pot baked potato in a bowl with some butter and a spoon

Make perfect baked potatoes in the Instant Pot and serve up this affordable and versatile dish for quick lunches and easy dinners. Just don’t forget the sour cream!

32. Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Maple mashed sweet potatoes are a frugal side dish that’s perfect for casual weeknight meals and as part of your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu.

33. Instant Pot Baked Beans

top down view of the completed instant pot baked beans recipe

Baked beans are full of flavor and super versatile. They pair well with all sorts of main dishes and are an affordable dish that is a perfect meal prep solution.

A great way to use up leftover ham and save even more money!

34. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob garnished with lime zest, cilantro and salt and ready to be served

Just 2 simple ingredients and 3 minutes are all that’s needed to have perfectly cooked sweet and tasty Instant Pot corn on the cob.

This is an easy and budget-conscious side to accompany all sorts of different main dishes.

35. Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

These easy and affordable Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are cooked to tender perfection in a creamy, cheesy sauce with a golden crunchy top.

36. Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans

cooked instant pot pinto beans inside the instant pot

Smoky and creamy Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans is a go-to pantry dish that is filling, tasty, easy, and cheap. And with no soaking required, they’re ready to serve in under an hour.

37. Instant Pot Potato Salad

Top down view of completed Instant Pot Potato Salad in a blue ceramic dish with silver spoon

Instant Pot Potato Salad is the ideal side dish for your holiday party, backyard barbecue, or summer picnic! This is a quick, easy and inexpensive recipe with potatoes and eggs cooked to perfection right in the Instant Pot.

38. Instant Pot Iced Tea

3 glasses of instant pot iced tea on a table with garnishes

Making iced tea in the Instant Pot is easy and affordable! Save time and money by making 3 delicious flavors of refreshing Instant Pot Iced Tea.

39. Instant Pot Artichokes

3 cooked artichokes in the instant pot

Two simple ingredients and minimal prep work are all that’s needed to get tasty and perfectly cooked artichokes that can be served as an appetizer or side dish.

Instant Pot Breakfasts

40. Easy Instant Pot Pancake Bites

instant pot pancake bites served on a white plate with syrup and fresh fruit

Instant Pot Pancake Bites are the perfect on-the-go breakfast bites for busy mornings. They’re easy to make and are ready to serve in about 10 minutes.

41. Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole

pressure cooker breakfast casserole

You will love this easy Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole Recipe. It’s a great protein-packed meal that requires almost no effort and is packed full of everyday, affordable ingredients.

42. Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal

pumpkin oatmeal served in a white bowl with a cloth napkin

Hearty and nourishing, this tastes-like-fall pumpkin oatmeal is easy to make in the Instant Pot and totally budget-friendly. 

43. Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal

close up of a bowl of instant pot oatmeal

This easy and cheap Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal is rich, decadent, and oh-so-delicious. Equally perfect served for breakfast or dessert!

44. Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls

a plate of 3 instant pot cinnamon rolls ready to be served

Making these delectable cinnamon rolls at home is easy thanks to the Instant Pot. Perfect for serving at weekend brunches or as an anytime treat, everyone will love these tasty treats made with affordable pantry ingredients.

45. Instant Pot Iced Coffee Concentrate

close up of instant pot iced coffee concentrate in a glass and a bottle with flowers

Skip the coffee shop and make this Instant Pot Iced Coffee Concentrate instead. With just 2 ingredients and 5 minutes of effort, you can enjoy delicious iced coffee at home.

Instant Pot Desserts

46. Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche (Rice Pudding)

two servings of Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding) served with gold spoons and cinnamon sticks

Making Arroz Con Leche in the Instant Pot is an affordable and fuss-free way to indulge in a traditional sweet treat. This recipe comes together quickly and easily and with just a few everyday ingredients.

47. Instant Pot Baked Apples

You’ll love these inexpensive yet indulgent Instant Pot Baked Apples that need only 4 ingredients to make. Healthy baked apples are a super tasty Winter and Fall dessert.


Does An Instant Pot Save You Money?

In a word, yes! Pressure cooking is fast and simple, which makes it easy to cook more meals at home. And when you go out to eat less or stop relying on takeout, you save money.

It’s also very energy efficient, so using the oven or stove top less is also a great way to save money.

How Does The Instant Pot Help You Eat Healthy?

Cooking a fresh, healthy meal in the Instant Pot takes less time than hitting the local drive-thru or ordering takeout. It really is faster than fast food! 

It’s soooooo easy. Add your healthy ingredients to the Instant Pot and then just set it and forget it while the Instant Pot does the rest of the work.

Meal Prep is a breeze! The Instant Pot makes it so quick and simple to whip up all sorts of dishes in advance so you can eat healthy all week long.

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Even More Great Instant Pot Recipe Collections

Instant Pot Recipe Binder

This awesome 30-page Instant Pot Recipe Binder Printable gives you everything you need and all in one place. It contains all sorts of easy-to-use tools and helpful information to give you a truly organized and easily accessible Instant Pot recipe collection.

What This Instant Pot Recipe Binder Includes:

  • 1 Instant Pot Recipes Binder Cover
  • 1 Instant Pot Recipe Page
  • 9 Recipe Category Cover Pages (mains, appetizers, desserts, sides, drinks, 15-minute meals, pantry recipes, frugal and a blank page for you to customize)
  • 7 Specialty Category Cover Pages (low carb, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, keto, Weight Watchers, gluten free)
  • 1 Kitchen Conversion Sheet
  • 3 Inventory Sheets (pantry, fridge, freezer)
  • 2 Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheets
  • 2 Pre-Filled Instant Pot recipes (that can be made right away!)
  • 1 Notes and Tips Page

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