The Best Recipes To Make With Your Instant Pot

If you don't have an Instant Pot in your kitchen, what are you waiting for? This handy appliance speeds up the cooking process of many types of food without losing any of the flavors that you know and love. Considering that most of its parts are even safe to clean in the dishwasher, an Instant Pot also saves you effort when it comes to cleaning up. If you seem to always be short on time, get one of these things and you can whip up yummy meals on a daily basis.

While an Instant Pot is mostly known for its use as a pressure cooker, it can actually do much, much more. According to Taste of Home, the most popular type of Instant Pot is not only a pressure cooker, but it can also be used as a slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and so on.

We've gathered the best Instant Pot recipes that can be found on Mashed. All 11 of these recipes will result in delicious food that will please many, not least yourself for the Instant Pot's nigh-wondrous ease of use.

Instant Pot chicken

Right after you purchase your Instant Pot, a great way to begin to understand its power is to make some chicken. This Instant Pot chicken recipe is sure to blow your mind. After only five minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cook time, you will have scrumptious chicken right at your fingertips.

For this recipe, all you need is chicken breasts, chicken broth, black pepper, and salt. Once the Instant Pot is finished doing its magic, you can turn it into shredded chicken or you can simply grab a fork and dig in. The chicken will be unbelievably flavorful no matter how you decide to present it at the dinner table.

Instant Pot beef stew

On a cold winter's night, nothing can warm you up quite as quickly as beef stew. This recipe for Instant Pot beef stew makes a stew so tasty that this is sure to become one of your go-to meals. Even though it's all cooked in the same pot, you'll be amazed that everything from the potatoes to the meat has the perfect texture.

This recipe also includes healthy baby carrots and onions. And if you're fretting about degraded vitamins in those vegetables, don't worry, as veggies cooked in the Instant Pot are just as nutritious as vegetables cooked using any other method.

Instant Pot ribs

There's no need to fire up your smoker and wait hours upon hours for your ribs to be done. This Instant Pot ribs recipe will have your slab of baby back ribs ready to eat in less than one hour. Yes, seriously. You'll be surprised how easy these ribs are to make, how much time you can save, and how great they end up tasting after all of that. You can even opt to use your favorite dry rub and barbecue sauce as part of this recipe that's sure to impress everyone at your next dinner party.

Instant Pot carnitas

Another meat dish you can make easily in your Instant Pot is carnitas. If you've never had it before, this classic Mexican dish is made with pork shoulder and is extremely popular well beyond its original Mexican home. Follow this Instant Pot carnitas recipe once and you will completely understand why just about everyone loves carnitas.

Once the meat is done, you can add it to burritos, tacos, guacamole, nachos, or anything else you can imagine. If you don't have a base to take on the carnitas, then, well, there's nothing wrong with eating them straight out of your Instant Pot. We won't tell.

Instant Pot pozole

Pozole, not to be confused with menudo, is another favorite from Mexican cuisine that you can create in an Instant Pot. Like carnitas, pozole is made using pork shoulder. While other versions of this dish may end up looking red or white due to the various ingredients they call for, this Instant Pot pozole recipe results in a hearty green soup that tastes even better than it smells. And it smells pretty fantastic, believe us.

In addition to pork shoulder, this recipe draws upon many yummy ingredients including tomatillos, green chiles, white hominy, oregano, and lime juice. Your green pozole will be so authentic-tasting and mouth-watering that you'll eat bowl after bowl of this stuff.

Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs

Can you make pasta in an Instant Pot? Yes, not only is it possible, it's a great way to save time without sacrificing any taste. Spaghetti and meatballs has become an American classic that's appropriate for any occasion, from a midafternoon snack to a fancy dinner. And this Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe is nothing less than a game-changer. In less than half an hour, you'll go from zero to culinary hero in your own household. If you're looking for a quick meal to feed a hungry family that will result in ear-to-ear smiles, then look no further.

Instant Pot zuppa tuscana

Another Italian-inspired dish you can make in your Instant Pot is Zuppa Toscana. If you like the Olive Garden's version of this soup, you will adore this version. The recipe for Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is straightforward and the soup it makes puts all of Olive Garden's soups to shame.

The meats in this Zuppa Toscana are hot Italian sausages and bacon. Along with the kale and the heavy cream, the meat is what will stand out the most.

Instant Pot loaded mashed potatoes

When you're thinking of making a side order in your Instant Pot, one option is to use your Instant Pot as a rice cooker to quickly make a big bowl of rice. However, sometimes you need more pizzazz than rice has to offer. That's where this recipe for Instant Pot loaded mashed potatoes comes into play. You'll be thrilled with these mashed potatoes that are supercharged with bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, and more. It's a memorable side that will leave your taste buds in awe.

Instant Pot baked beans

Another side dish that you will surely enjoy is Instant Pot baked beans. This recipe is perfect for everything from a picnic outing to acting as a hearty companion for a juicy burger. You start with dry great northern beans and you end up with mouthwatering baked beans — with no baking required!

Sometimes, baked beans can have a dull taste. With this recipe, thanks to the addition of brown sugar, spicy mustard, barbecue sauce, ketchup, and bacon, being boring is never an issue. If you want to kick things up another notch, the recipe even includes the option of adding cayenne and jalapeno pepper for a spicy kick.

Instant Pot pumpkin pie

Don't be one of those people who overlook the fact that an Instant Pot is a great way to make dessert. This recipe for Instant Pot pumpkin pie produces a sweet treat beyond what you thought was possible with this kitchen gadget. Yes, it's really true that pumpkin pie which looks and tastes like its oven-baked cousins can be made right on your countertop, with your Instant Pot doing all the heavy lifting. You'll be amazed to find that the texture of it is arguably superior to the version you can bake in your oven or find in your local bakery.

Instant Pot snickerdoodle French toast casserole

For another imaginative sweat treat, follow this scrumptious recipe to make an Instant Pot snickerdoodle French toast casserole. The name may look intimidating, but don't let that stop you from trying your hand at this Instant Pot creation. The bliss you'll experience when this treat enters your mouth is well worth the effort. You can eat this Instant Pot creation as a French toast replacement for breakfast or serve it as a dessert your entire family is sure to love. As is, this recipe makes six servings, so you should even have more for seconds.