Instant Pot Meals on a Budget

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If you’re trying to find ways to use your Instant Pot but don’t want to waste food if you mess them up, then why not try some of these delicious Instant Pot Meals on a Budget!

Many of these meals require less than five ingredients and because they are made in the Instant Pot they cook in no time! (Perfect for Summer activities)

Don’t forget to check out these Beef Recipes and How to Save Money on Beef

Instant Pot Meals on a Budget Supplies:

  • Instant Pot
  • Rice
  • Onions/Peppers
  • Seasonings
  • Pasta (a lot of the recipes call for some sort of pasta)

Instant Pot Mexican Ground Beef Casserole

This meal only takes 32 minutes from start to finish! It’s also a healthier recipe if you’re trying to eat different (minus the cheese which is optional).

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Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice

Red beans and rice is a diehard recipe that everyone raves over and now you can make them in your Instant Pot in no time! You can keep it meat free and just add your favorite seasonings OR add ham hocks like the recipe calls for. Recipe takes just 40 minutes to complete (if you’ve soaked the beans overnight).

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Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans (No Soak)

This is a recipe that doesn’t require you to soak the beans beforehand. Cooking beans in the Instant Pot helps reduce meal cook time and you can always freeze them and use in recipes later in the week! Recipe takes just 37 minutes to complete.

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Instant Pot Garlic Butter New Potatoes

Make your favorite potatoes with only five ingredients and 16 minutes! You can cook more than just main dishes in the Instant Pot! Potatoes are a beloved comfort food and go great with everything.

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Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto

Get a bit fancy with it and make you very own Cheddar Risotto in just 20 minutes! (This recipe also gives you the nutritional information if you need that).

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Best Instant Pot American Goulash

Goulash recipes will vary by area in the United States but one thing remains the same, it’s a classic cold weather meal. You can often make it into a dump dish where you use veggies that are leftovers from other meals.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti

You can make the best spaghetti in your Instant Pot for $6 or less! Plus this exact recipes makes 6 servings in 26 minutes total!

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Instant Pot Chicken Breast and Rice

Have a delicious dinner done with chicken and rice in just 28 minutes that costs just $5 to make! (If you don’t want to buy fresh chicken you can buy canned chicken).

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Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Skip the cost of take-out and make you very own sesame chicken at home! This recipe calls for some ingredients you likely already have at home and takes just 20 minutes to complete!

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Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Make your own type of hamburger helper with this Instant Pot version of cheesy taco pasta! This recipe only takes 25 minutes and makes 8 servings.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

You can create just regular mac and cheese as a side dish OR you can add meat into it and make it a complete meal. Recipe only calls for 6 ingredients and takes just four minutes!

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Vegan Street Tacos

No more hunting down the neighborhood street taco truck when you can make your own at home! Combine six ingredients and 30 minutes and you’ve got VEGAN street tacos that everyone is going to love.

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Instant Pot Red Potato Soup

If you need to feed a large family in a short amount of time this recipe is for you! Potato Soup is a popular winter comfort food and this recipe makes 8 servings in 55 minutes.

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Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

Pick up discount meat or meat that’s on sale to make this meal more budget friendly. This soup recipe takes one hour and makes 8 servings.

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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

If you’re burned out on regular old hamburger helper but love how frugal of a meal it is, try making it in the Instant Pot! This recipe only need 6 ingredients! (It looks better than the box hamburger helper!)

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Have any die-hard BBQ fans in the house? Find chicken on sale OR use canned chicken and combine it with BBQ sauce in the Instant Pot (and a few other ingredients) and it’s all done in 20 minutes or less!

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Instant Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry

Don’t have any Indian cuisine places nearby? Make your own at home in just 55 minutes. This recipe eve makes 4 servings so there’s plenty for leftovers too!

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Instant Pot Alfredo

RUN don’t walk to make this amazing alfredo! You only need seven ingredients and most of them you likely already have! Even better it only takes 25 minutes to make!

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Instant Pot Pork Chops and Mushroom Gravy

This recipe focuses on making it from scratch but also gives you the pre-made item ideas as well to help save you more time and money! Buy pork chops when they are on sale to help bring the price down on these too!

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Instant Pot Jambalaya

Jambalaya recipes will vary by region in the US so some may need to add some extra seasonings and spice to their recipe! This meal is always really filling and this recipe only takes 45 minutes from start to finish!

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