Good news, Instant Pot fans: you can now add the word cheap to the looooong list of benefits that cooking with Instant Pot provides. I have put together 25 Cheap Instant Pot Recipes that are all super easy, inexpensive and totally delicious!
Yeap, each of these Instant Pot recipes 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 there are even a few legitimate ‘dump and start’ dishes included.
From main dishes, soups and sides, to breakfast and dessert, this collection has 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!
KITCHEN TOOLS, UTENSILS & APPLIANCES NEEDED
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Here are some of the items you will need to make these Dump and Start Instant Pot Recipes.
- 8 qt Instant Pot.
- 3 qt Instant Pot or 6 qt Instant Pot depending on family size.
- Use this convenient cutting board.
- I use my favourite trivet in the instant pot.
- These awesome tongs are great for removing the food from the pot.
- I use these measuring jugs or cups for measuring out liquids.
- Measuring teaspoons.
- Use these handy bowls with covers.
- For storing your leftover food.
- Meat thermometer.
- Use please this to check the internal temperature meats cooked in your Instant Pot.
- Meal Prep.
- I love these perfect sized meal prep bowls for make-ahead healthy lunches and more.
- This freezer is great for storing your prep ahead meals.
- You can’t go wrong with this microwave for reheating your leftovers.
Instant Pot Main Dishes:
This flavourful Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa is a healthy, versatile and super affordable dish.
Instant Pot Bacon Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. Rich, creamy and full of bacon goodness, this family-friendly and inexpensive dish is a perfect easy weeknight meal.
Kids and adults alike will loooove this creamy, cheesy mac and cheese made in the Instant Pot. Choose from 5 different tasty and budget friendly preparations.
This recipe for Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti is made with just 8 everyday pantry essentials. A hassle-free dump and start recipe that is cheap, satisfying and delicious.
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 server in just a few minutes.
Instant Pot Chicken Recipes:
Yeap, you can cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot! This budget-conscious recipe takes less than 45 mins and gives you a super moist, super flavourful rotisserie-style chicken.
Easy to make and easy on your wallet, this Instant Pot chicken breast recipe produces flavourful, tender, perfect chicken breasts using fresh or frozen chicken.
This cheap and easy recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Thighs turns out perfect every time. You will absolutely love these moist, tender and flavourful chicken thighs.
These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are fresh, flavourful, inexpensive, and sooooo simple to make. Your Taco Tuesdays just got a whole lot easier!
These 7 Instant Pot Chicken Breast Marinades are quick, easy and bursting with flavour. These handy and inexpensive homemade marinades are the perfect way to take your Instant Pot Chicken to the next level.
Instant Pot Soups:
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.
This Instant Pot Lentil Soup recipe is a budget-conscious dish that is vegan, gluten-free and bursting with bold flavour.
Make delicious Hungarian goulash quickly in your Instant Pot for a meal the whole family will love. This is one hearty yet inexpensive supper that is sure to satisfy.
This recipe give you everything you love about a classic comforting bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup, made quickly and cheaply in the Instant Pot!
Comforting, warming, and delicious Instant Pot Chilli with 2 secret ingredients! It’s an inexpensive and easy Instant Pot recipe that’s ready to serve in just 25 mins.
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 favourite chili recipe!
Instant Pot Sides:
These dreamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, fluffy, and come together in just about 30 mins. Easy to make and easy on your wallet, this just may be the best Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe ever.
With these 4 awesome and inexpensive Instant Pot rice recipes, you’ll never need to make rice any other way again!
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.
These easy and affordable Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are cooked to tender perfection in a creamy, cheesy sauce with a golden crunchy top.
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.
Making iced tea in the Instant Pot is easy and affordable! Save time and money by making 3 delicious flavours of refreshing Instant Pot Iced Tea.
Instant Pot Breakfasts:
You will love this easy Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole Recipe. It’s a great protein packed meal that requires almost no effort and packed full of everyday, affordable ingredients.
This easy and cheap Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal is rich, decadent and oh-so-delicious. Equally perfect served for breakfast or dessert!
Instant Pot Desserts:
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.
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.
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-thu 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.
More Great Instant Pot Recipes:
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