16 Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Meals

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As food prices rise, you might be on the lookout for budget-friendly meals that won’t cost an arm and a leg to make at home. These recipes will cut down on costs, but keep all the delicious flavor. They can be cooked for 2 or for a crowd, just expand the recipe as needed.

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Pulled pork, frozen meatballs, and chicken and broccoli. Budget-friendly Instant Pot Meals

You’ll be able to quickly whip up an amazing meal with these budget-friendly Instant Pot meals. Most of these meals take 30 minutes or less to make in the Instant Pot and can be paired with any side dish for a complete meal in a flash.

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Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Meals

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks
Cooking chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot is an incredibly fast and efficient way to get dinner on the table and they're so tender!
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Chicken Drumsticks with Glaze
Instant Pot Spaghetti
If you've never made Instant Pot Spaghetti, you absolutely should start using this method to make perfect spaghetti.
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A bowl of spaghetti
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
This Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe results in super flavorful pork.
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pulled pork sandwiches
Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers
Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers are packed with ground beef, rice, and onions, then cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot in just 15 minutes.
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instant pot stuffed peppers
Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
This Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta is the perfect meal for a lazy afternoon or quick dinner, made with ground beef, pasta shells, and all your favorite taco flavors.
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Cheesy taco pasta
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts
You can easily cook frozen chicken breasts in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, in just 10-12 minutes, which will enable you to get food on the table fast, with very little effort.
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Sliced Cooked Chicken
Best Instant Pot Pork Shoulder
Instant pot pork shoulder is a quick, tasteful, and convenient dish you can make in an hour. It is made with pork shoulder, spices, and vegetables. This dish is wholesome and a great option for feeding a large crowd.
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Shredded pork Shoulder
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Flavorful macaroni made with cheese, chicken broth, and mustard powder. This classic comfort food comes out creamy and delicious in under 30 minutes. 
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A bowl of mac and cheese
Instant Pot Whole Chicken
This Instant Pot Whole Chicken is so easy to make and it turns out tender and juicy.
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instant pot chicken
Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs
Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs is that go-to meal you can make in few minutes that is packed with flavor and all you need is meatballs, canned tomatoes, and some herbs.
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Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs
Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken
This quick shredded chicken is a snap to make in the Instant Pot and has so many uses.
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bbq pulled chicken
Easy Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken
Instant Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken is cooked to tender in the Instant Pot in just 10 minutes, then mixed with your favorite buffalo hot sauce and butter to make a flavorful shredded chicken.
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Simple Instant Pot Lasagna Soup
Instant pot Lasagna Soup has all the amazing flavors and textures of a lasagna in a bowl. All you have to do is brown the meat, then toss in the other ingredients and cook for 6 minutes on high pressure.
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Lasagna Soup
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Making Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup, with tender pieces of broccoli in a cheesy, creamy soup, if so quick you won't even believe it when you taste how good it is.
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Broccoli Cheese Soup
Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli
Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli is a great dinner when you're looking for an easy, savory, and delicious meal that will come together within an hour.
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Chicken and broccoli with rice
Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
This Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta copycat is so creamy and delicious, made with the original Olive Garden salad dressing, cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes.
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A plate of chicken pasta in front of the Instant Pot

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

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