15 Top-Rated Instant Pot Recipes for Fall and Winter
Autumn is when our appetites turn back to hearty dishes that cook nice and slow, building big savory flavors. But who has time for slow simmers? Turns out, you can have your savory favorites and enjoy them without delay! The Instant Pot® makes it possible, transforming traditionally slow-cooked meals into instant classics. So go ahead, live your busy lives and enjoy your favorite hearty meals of autumn. Here are some of our absolute favorites for the fall and winter months!
Instant Pot® Chicken Cacciatore
This iconic Italian recipe has been translated into a quick and easy pressure cooker meal. "Using the Instant Pot®, you get an intensely flavorful meal made in minutes that will have your family thinking you simmered this all day," says Diana71. "Serve over spaghetti noodles, rice, cauliflower rice, or eat as a stew!" Want a thicker sauce? Remove the chicken pieces and bring sauce to a boil on saute mode. France C. raves, "This really does taste like it has simmered all day, and there is such depth of flavor. The herbes de provence really make this dish! Absolutely DELICIOUS!"
Instant Pot® Quick and Easy Outlaw Chili Beans
"These chili beans are delicious and so easy to make," says bd.weld. "Dinner is ready in 45 minutes or less! If your chili doesn't have beans it's not outlaw chili." Garnish with slices of fresh lime, chopped cilantro, diced onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, and diced avocado. Buckwheat Queen raves, "This method is too simple, just brilliant. I used a traditional pressure cooker, 7-quart. The flavor is exceptional and with all the garnishes this turned into a meal-in-one for the whole family."
Instant Pot® Lasagna
Lasagna in 30 minutes? Believe it? "You might feel like making lasagna in a pressure cooker is crazy," says Shauna James Ahern. "Don't you need an oven for those crunchy edges? Well, trust us -- this one is well worth making. If you have a 6- or 7-inch springform pan and you kept the trivet that came with your Instant Pot®, you can make a delicious layered lasagna pie in 30 minutes. And if you want to make it ahead, prep the lasagna, put it in the freezer, then put it right into the Instant Pot® for an easy dinner."
Instant Pot® Chicken Pot Pie (Crustless and Gluten-Free)
Here's a no crust, wheat-free, and gluten-free version of chicken-pot pie. "Make this delicious, flavorful, chicken pot (no pie) pie in your Instant Pot® pressure cooker," says Jane Cooks It Up. "Not necessary to pre-saute the chicken or onions. Serve in bowls." Lutzflcat added a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. "One thing that I really like is that the ingredients in this recipe are ones that I always have on hand," says lutzflcat, "so I could see this turning into a go-to recipe."
Instant Pot® Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas
It's mac-and-cheese as a meal! "Forget about the blue box (you know what I'm talking about) and make homemade mac and cheese for a weeknight dinner," says lutzflcat. "The ham, peas, and optional hot sauce add some pizzazz to classic mac and cheese. Adjust the consistency of the mac and cheese sauce to suit your personal preference."
Beef Stroganoff for Instant Pot®
"Fork-tender beef and mushrooms with egg noodles," says Lissa. You'll add the egg noodles at the very end for a truly one-pot meal! Many reviewers noted that they substituted Worcestershire Sauce for soy sauce.
Instant Pot® Keto Chicken and Kale Stew
"Try this quick, easy, and incredibly tender chicken stew cooked with diced tomatoes,' says Fioa. "I added kale for extra green power! Serve over cauliflower rice for a complete and perfect keto meal."
Instant Pot® Pepper Chicken
Chicken cooks under pressure with green bell peppers, yellow onion, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and black pepper. Diana71 raves, "A++++ for flavor, just loved this recipe in the Instant Pot."
Keto Instant Pot® Soup (Low Carb)
Here's an Instant Pot recipe for the low-carb crowd. Cauliflower, turkey bacon, cream, Dijon, and Cheddar cheese are the starring ingredients here! "I prechopped my veggies during nap time, so all I had to do was add them to the Instant Pot®!" says Carla.
Instant Pot® Moroccan Chicken
"This recipe calls for minimal ingredients, and is fast to make," says thedailygourmet. "If you can't find Moroccan seasoning, feel free to make your own, but the taste may be different. I've learned some Instant Pots® can throw a 'burn notice' but this did not happen for me. If you experience a burn notice, add 2 tablespoons more broth."
Instant Pot® Crispy Chicken Carnitas
"Chicken carnitas made in the pressure cooker are quick and easy!" says Margo. "We crisp them up in the broiler, and they are perfect to meal-prep and enjoy for the week! Serve with tortillas, diced onions, chopped cilantro, sauteed cabbage, lime wedges, and anything else you like!"
Instant Pot® Best Beef Stew
This beef stew is hearty, melt-in-your mouth comfort food. "I can't say enough about how good this is!" raves Jen Leo Friscia. "I love the spices. I have made this twice now. The first time I followed the recipe except I didn't have mushrooms or tomato paste. The second time I made a 2# roast and added whole peeled potatoes extra carrots and the mushrooms. Cooked for 45 minutes. Turned out great both times!"
Instant Pot® Chicken and Dumplings
"I wanted the richness of long-simmered chicken stew, but without the fuss of using a whole chicken," says Doughgirl8. "This compromise, using boneless skinless chicken thighs with bone-in chicken breast, gave me the richness of flavor and ease of preparation I was looking for! It's basically chicken pot pie made in a pressure cooker rather than an oven."
Instant Pot® Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Smoked bacon gives this creamy potato soup deep, smoky flavor. "This potato soup cooks in an Instant Pot® and is customizable with assorted toppings," says thedailygourmet. "I prefer to get my saltiness from the bacon, so I don't add extra salt. I also like a thicker chowder-like consistency; if you like yours thinner, add more liquid."
Instant Pot® Pot Roast
Beef chuck cooks in the Instant Pot with red potatoes, carrots, herbs, and beef broth. "Wonderful!" says cooperme719, "The potatoes were especially delicious - the Instant Pot infuses the flavor into the potatoes."