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25 Delicious Instant Pot Dump Dinners for Easy Weeknight Meals

Easy doesn’t mean compromising on flavor with these Delicious Instant Pot Dump Dinners for Easy Weeknight Meals.

Delicious Instant Pot Dump Dinners for Easy Weeknight Meals

If you tried our Apple Spice Instant Pot Dump Cake that I shared a while ago and are looking for more dump recipes to make with your electric pressure cooker, then you’re definitely in the right place. You will love these dump-and-go dinner recipes. They are the easiest recipes to make and are perfect for weeknight dinners when I’m running low on time and energy.

First, bookmark this page. Then, when you need a simple, family-friendly pressure cooker meal that practically makes itself, come back and try some of these amazing recipes. These are truly the easiest, no-fuss and delicious Instant Pot dump dinners out there.

I love them because being able to add the ingredients to my Instant Pot and walk away while it makes our dinner frees me up to take care of other things, like helping the kids with homework or unloading the dishwasher, without the stress of trying to do everything at once.

These dump-and-start dinners are also the perfect recipes to start with if you’re still getting comfortable with using your Instant Pot. Scroll below and get inspired.

True Dump-and-Go Recipes

The recipes in this section are true dump recipes. As in, you put the ingredients in the Instant Pot, close the lid, push the start button, and wait for your dinner to finish.

1. Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

This delicious Instant Pot Sesame Chicken is a dump-and-start recipe, no sauteing is needed here. Cooked in a thick rich honey soy sauce this family favorite Chinese classic is perfect for those busy mid-week dinners.

Learn more: Little Sunny Kitchen

2. Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

Love nutritious easy dinners? This Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl is filled with chicken, beans, rice, corn and fresh vegetables to make you happy and satisfied.

Learn more: The Kitchen Girl

3. Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

You’re in for a treat with this tender and juicy Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast. This melt-in-your-mouth dish is the perfect recipe for instant pot as it will cook the meat into pull-apart tender hunks full of delicious flavor.

Learn more: Amanda’s Cookin’

4. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This scrumptious Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is ready in minutes! Hungry kids will especially appreciate not having to wait long for a bowl of extra creamy cheesy pasta.

Learn more: Spend with Pennies

5. Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

This flavourful Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken features juicy chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale all smothered in a savory and sweet balsamic glaze. How’s that for a delicious weeknight meal?

Learn more: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

6. Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Try making this hearty Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup for your family. This budget-friendly soup is cooked with dried beans, veggies, a leftover ham bone and rich stock for a comforting meal. I also love it made with smoked turkey legs instead of ham bone.

Learn more: A Mind Full Mom

7. Beef Gyros

Beef Gyros

This flavorsome Beef Gyros will soon become your family favorite. In this recipe, the perfectly cooked tender and flavorful beef is served in soft pittas with crisp fresh vegetables and homemade tzatziki sauce.

Learn more: Tastes Better from Scratch

8. Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

You can have this wholesome Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup finished in about 45-50 minutes from start to finish and it’s your Instant Pot that does most of the work. This hearty combination of chicken, wild rice and mushrooms is creamy, full of flavor and the perfect winter warmer.

Learn more: Foolproof Living

9. Instant Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce

Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce

My husband has been making Dr Pepper pulled pork for years. It’s a favorite at our house and it makes an easy potluck dish as well. I’m thrilled that we can now make this recipe in our Instant Pot in about an hour, as opposed to 5-6 hours in the slow cooker. Check out this delish spicy Instant Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce recipe that you’re sure to love.

Learn more: Unsophisticook

10. Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo

Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo

If your family is a fan of rich, creamy pasta dishes then this Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo is one must-try recipe. You have an option to make it with chicken or without, either way, it’s a winner.

Learn more: Simply Happy Foodie

11. Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew

Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew

Learn how to make this wholesome Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew. This true dump-and-go recipe is vegan, gluten-free and healthy spiced with cumin and hot paprika and topped with tasty gremolata topping.

Learn more: Rainbow Plant Life

12. Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned beef cooks up beautifully in the Instant Pot and this flavorful Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is the perfect example of this delicious recipe. Infused with aromatic pickling spices and lager, this tender and succulent meat is served with potatoes, carrots, cabbage wedges and mustard.

Learn more: Striped Spatula

Saute First – Then Dump and Push Start

The recipes in this section require using the saute function on your Instant Pot before dumping everything in and pushing start.  So, yes, you may have to brown the meat first or saute the onions and veggies. But don’t let this scare you off from these recipes.

I used the saute function for the first time on my Instant Pot last night after avoiding it for months. And, while it is another step, it’s still super easy! Trust me. I’m a lazy cook, and if it was too much “work” then I would NOT have included these recipes on this list.

Since you’re sauteing right in the Instant Pot, you’re still keeping dishes to a minimum and in most cases it only adds five minutes or so. When you finish sauteing, you can just dump and go and wait for your dinner.

13. Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Get cozy with this comforting Instant Pot Beef Stew. This hearty flavorful stew consists of perfectly tender beef pieces, veggies and cozy-to-your-core broth.

Learn more: Well Plated by Erin

14. Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

Add this Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs to your weeknight dinner collection. This recipe features tender meatballs made with a combination of beef and pork served with rich and creamy gravy garnished with dill and parsley.

Learn more: Damn Delicious

15. Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Tacos

These scrummy Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Tacos are a comfort food classic. In this recipe, tender and crispy chicken is marinated in a zesty citrus sauce and seasoned with cumin, chili and oregano. Serve in tacos, on top of nachos or in salads for a yummy meal.

Learn more: Diethood

16. Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Kids will love this cheesy Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta. This quick one-pot family favorite dish made with simple ingredients only takes about 30 minutes to make.

Learn more: Eating in an Instant

17. Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Forget takeout and make this delish Instant Pot Orange Chicken. This easy Chinese dinner features tender chicken in the most yummy Asian orange sauce. Serve over Instant Pot rice.

Learn more: Sweet & Savory Meals

18. Instant Pot Sour Cream Pork Chops

Instant Pot Sour Cream Pork Chops

If you love pork then you must try these tasty Instant Pot Sour Cream Pork Chops. This quick and easy recipe takes minutes to prep and is perfect when you have limited time to cook.

Learn more: Wholesome Recipe Box

19. Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Treat your whole family to this flavorsome Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie. This classic comfort food is made with tender chicken, plenty of veggies, delicious creamy sauce and crispy pastry.

Learn more: Marcellina in Cucina

20. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there a more soul-soothing meal than chicken soup? This heart-warming Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup made with chicken, noodles, vegetables and broth is just what you need after a long day.

Learn more: My Heart Beets

21. Ultimate Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Ultimate Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

This Ultimate Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa is full of bold mouthwatering flavors. And if you’re a fan of hearty Mexican recipes this dish of juicy and tender meat is wonderful to add to your dinner collection.

Learn more: The Chunky Chef

22. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Here’s another simple family favorite recipe. This tasty Instant Pot Chicken and Rice features tender juicy chicken thighs and jasmine rice flavored with aromatic herbs of oregano and basil.

Learn more: Amy + Jacky

23. Instant Pot Lasagna

Instant Pot Lasagna

Is it possible to make delicious lasagna in 30 minutes? Oh yes, with an Instant Pot, you can achieve Italian comfort food in a fraction of the time. This Instant Pot Lasagna is packed with flavor and the all-important gooey cheese. 

Learn more: iFoodReal

24. Instant Pot Beef Picadillo

Instant Pot Beef Picadillo

Excited to cook this awesome Instant Pot Beef Picadillo? This Cuban-style ground beef dish with tangy, sweet and salty flavors coming from spices, golden raisins and pimento stuffed green olives is another delicious recipe to make in your Instant Pot.

Learn more: Eating in an Instant

25. Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti

These comforting Instant Pot Spaghetti will soon become a staple in your house. This easy, convenient and family-friendly meal comes together fast in Instant Pot and is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Learn more: Kristine’s Kitchen

Tips for Keeping Dinner Simple

I hope these recipes give you some new go-to weeknight dinner ideas. Here are a few simple tips to keep dinnertime easy.

  • You can use frozen meat in your Instant Pot. So, no worries if you forgot to thaw something out ahead of time! Check the individual recipes for time adjustments for frozen meat versus thawed.
  • Grabbing pre-chopped veggies from the produce section is a great time-saver for busy nights. And, you can freeze them in freezer storage bags to pull out and use whenever you need them.
  • Keep leftovers in individual servings in the freezer to use in a pinch.
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Saturday 20th of April 2019

Will these recipes work in the 3 qt. mini Instant Pot or are they for the 6 qt. pot?


Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hi Deborah! These are primarily made in the 6qt Instant Pot, but you may still want to check the individual recipes to see if they have info on how to change the recipes for your 3 qt.


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Would not advise cooking Spaghetti in this pot, I did this and the spaghetti stuck to the bottom and ruined it all besides cooking spaghetti is easy on the stove. Makes great mashed potatoes and stews.


Thursday 21st of February 2019

If you don't make spaghetti with the instant pot, you are missing out. Sounds like you didn't put the spaghetti noodles on top of the sauce. Recipes are very specific about that.


Sunday 17th of February 2019

I am so glad I found your post on Pinterest! I just got the Instant Pot about a week ago and have been looking for ideas to try. It seems like a totally different way of cooking from what I usually use. I was almost overwhelmed by it so I haven't taken it out of the box yet. I have multi cookers, crockpots, love my cast iron and stainless steel but never used a pressure cooker.

These recipes make it look easy and I am trying the pizza pasta one for dinner tomorrow night (I already have a roast for tonight.) Thank you :)


Sunday 18th of November 2018

I just stumbled upon your site from Pinterest. Thanks to this post, two of your meals are now on this months meal plan. Can't wait to try the Alfredo and the Ham and Bean Soup! Thank you for a wonderful list. I especially appreciate the pictures. 😁