11 Best Budget Instant Pot Recipes for Fall & Autumn [Cheap Pressure Cooker Meal Ideas]

Check out these best instant pot recipes if you’re on a budget. Vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly recipes, as well as simple meat options.

Best Budget Instant Pot Recipes

Unless you have been hiding out in a cave somewhere, I am sure you have heard of Instant Pots. If you aren’t aware of them yet, Instant Pots are electric pressure cookers. And they are everywhere! Don’t worry, they are safe! No need to be terrified of them. Instant Pots are definitely an improvement over the pressure cookers from the past!

Have you joined the Instant Pot community yet? Do you regularly use your Instant Pot? By using your electric pressure cooker regularly, you can save time cooking! Although these pots are not really “instant,” they are still time-savers—no need to stand by the stove and stir regularly while your food cooks. You have far better things to do than that!

Your Instant Pot can save your food budget as well! We all can use some help with that. Your Instant Pot can help you create flavorful, delicious meals from inexpensive ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Scroll through the recipes listed below for some tasty, budget-friendly meal ideas!

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

If you like macaroni and cheese, you will love this recipe. Fast, easy, and all in one pot! What’s not to like? And it is made in the Instant Pot. No waiting around for the water to boil, then cooking the pasta, then finishing the dish.

This recipe uses white cheddar cheese, but you can substitute yellow cheddar if you prefer. What makes it healthy? Broccoli!

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Peanut Tofu

Peanut Tofu

Tofu is at the heart of so many of the best vegan curry recipes, and it’s not hard to see why. The versatile Chinese bean curd soaks up flavor superbly and replicates the mouthfeel of meat seamlessly. For this recipe, it’s paired with a peanut sauce for a strong flavor hit.

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5-Ingredient Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili

5-Ingredient Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili

You will be amazed at how easy this chili is to put together! Using sweet potatoes in chili gives a unique touch of color, flavor, and texture. Salsa, sweet potatoes, and black beans are the basis for this recipe. Robyn’s recipe includes instructions for using either an Instant Pot or a slow cooker. Either way, meal prep for this recipe is minimal. Prepare your tastebuds for deliciousness!

Greek Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Greek Chicken and Rice

This Instant Pot take on Greek chicken will have you eating a complete meal in no time at all! The recipe includes chicken and rice, of course, but also your vegetables: peppers and zucchini.

The Greek flavors come from lemon, olive oil, oregano, garlic, and onion. Layer your ingredients in the proper order into your Instant Pot, pressure cook for 4 minutes, add the veggies, let it all sit and soak up more flavor, and dinner is ready! 

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Korean BBQ Beef

Freezer Meal Korean BBQ Beef

Have you done freezer meals before? Freezer meals allow you to do all the recipe prep in advance (when you have extra time) and freeze. When it is time to cook, remove your prepared meal from the freezer, add to your Instant Pot, and cook. No mess, no hurried food prep. Just dump and cook.

This recipe features the flavors of chuck beef. Delicious! If you have never had Korean BBQ beef, you really need to try this recipe. It’s slow-cooked in sesame oil and soy sauce for a rich mouthful. If you like a kick of spice, try adding some homemade gochujang to the pot.

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Vegan Pasta Marinara

Vegan One Pot Pasta Marinara

This dish will surprise you with how simple, delicious, and nutritious it is, making it one of our favorite vegan pasta recipes. If you have the time to saute the veggies for just a few minutes (in the Instant Pot, of course), you can up the flavor even more. Veggies, pasta, and a tomato-based sauce work together to bring you a quick and healthy meal that even picky kids will enjoy

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Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes cooked in the Instant Pot come out fluffy and creamy in less than 30 minutes. Wash your potatoes, prick them with a fork, and go! And while the potatoes are cooking, you can prepare anything else you plan to eat with the potatoes. Again, dinner in 30 minutes or less!

Eat these baked potatoes as a side dish, or smother them with a variety of topping. Either way, Instant Pot baked potatoes are potato perfection.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf

Have you been craving comfort foods these days? Meatloaf is one of those foods that remind us of home, moms, grandmas, and simpler times. Combine those memories with recent technology, and you are ready for this Instant Pot Meatloaf.

This meatloaf recipe is full of flavor, easy to assemble, and stays moist as it cooks in your Instant Pot. The recipe also includes a tasty glaze to brush over the meatloaf.

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Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

If you have wished for delicious vegan Indian cuisine? This recipe is for you! Instead of using any meat products, the recipe uses cauliflower. Spices, tomatoes, cauliflower florets, onion, garlic, and ginger all come together in this flavorful recipe. With minimal prep time and very little cook time, you will have dinner ready in short order!

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5-Ingredient Cheesy Egg Bake

5-Ingredient Pressure Cooker Cheesy Egg Bake

Invite your Instant Pot to breakfast. Or breakfast-for-supper. Whatever time you eat this Cheesy Egg Bake, you are sure to love its flavor and simplicity. Using eggs, cheese, bacon, hashbrowns, and even some vegetables, this recipe is sure to satisfy any hungry appetite. The fact that the recipe comes together quickly and easily adds to its appeal.

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Vegan & Gluten-Free Dump and Start Mexican Quinoa

Vegan & Gluten-Free Dump and Start Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

The recipe describes this as a “dump-and-start” dish. As in, dump the ingredients into the Instant Pot and start! If you are looking for a flavorful, easy, quick, and versatile recipe, this is for you! Add the fact that this is healthy, full of protein and grains, and you have a winner! It’s an inventive way to use quinoa that is packed full of spice and flavor.

This recipe uses quinoa, corn, peas, black beans, salsa, peppers, and onions to provide a mouthful of flavor. And did I say versatile? You can use this as a meal on its own, as a Mexican quinoa bowl, in a burrito, or even on nachos!

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