6 Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Recipes for Starters

About 2 years ago I read an article in Real Simple magazine about how the pressure cooker is making a comeback. And they promised it would be big.

When I read how you can cook an entire chicken in 30 minutes, I knew I had to have one. I got an Instant Pot for my birthday and by far it is my favorite item in my kitchen. I use it three times a week, if not more. It truly is a one-pot wonder.

So what is a pressure cooker?

It is NOT a slow cooker. The pot uses a valve to seal and keep all of the steam inside. It cooks extremely fast and gives food amazing flavor, like it’s been cooking all day.

What can you cook in a pressure cooker?

Just about anything you can cook in a slow cooker or in a pot on the stove–you can cook in your pressure cooker. You can also make rice, pasta, and yogurt. It’s ideal for soups, stews and chili, but it goes beyond that.

What makes it so special?

It cooks fast. It has a sautee feature so you can brown your meat or saute your vegetables. And it gives your food an unbelievable flavor.

Without further a’do–here are some of my favorite recipes to make in the pressure cooker.

Side note: I’m so sorry I don’t have pictures. I just got my camera and was going to take my time and post these recipes, but everyone got pressure cookers for Christmas and they have been asking for recipes–so here they are! 

Beef Stew

If you make your beef stew in a slow cooker–stop doing that!!!! It tastes about 10 times better in a pressure cooker. Here’s how to adapt your recipe.

1 – Brown your stew meat in your Instant Pot using the saute feature.

2- Add your chopped vegetables and seasoning (whatever you usually add).

3 – Add some water–not a ton of water.

Heres’ the thing about water in a pressure cooker. You don’t need as much water as you do when you use your slow cooker. Keep in mind that only a little of your liquid is going to escape when you cook. But you do need SOME liquid for optimal cooking since the pressure cooker uses steam. So when you are adapting recipes, keep this in mind. 

4 – Seal it up and hit the stew button. BOOM. Done.

Chicken and Dumplings

I love Ree Drummond’s Chicken & Dumplings recipe. This is how I adapt this recipe.

1 – Brown seasoned and dredged chicken in Instant Pot.

2 – Remove the chicken and saute vegetables for a little while.

3 – Add the broth and the chicken back into the pressure cooker and cook for 20 min, high pressure.

4 – Make the dumplings.

5 – When the chicken and vegetables are done cooking, add the dumplings. Seal pot and cook for another 8 min on high pressure.

Pasta & Meat Sauce

On nights when I’m having a HOLY-COW-WHAT-AM-I-GOING-TO-MAKE-FOR-DINNER moment, this is what I make. It’s so easy.

1 – Brown your ground meat with garlic and onions.

2 – Add a jar of your fav pasta sauce.

3 – Add in a box of pasta.

4 – Add 3 cups of water OR enough water to cover the pasta. Just make sure the pasta is covered with liquid.

5 – Seal that baby up and cook it for 12 min on low pressure.

I top this with cheese. BECAUSE cheese.


Making your favorite pot of chili has never been easier!

1 – Brown your meat.

2 – Add your vegetables, seasoning, sauce, beans, water, and whatever other hoopla you put in your family’s special recipe of chili.

3 – Seal it up and cook it on high pressure for 35 min.

Salsa Chicken

This was my favorite recipe for my slow cooker. But I’ve adapted it for the pressure cooker and I LOVE it. And brace yourself, because I use FROZEN chicken.

1 – Put your frozen chicken breasts in your instant pot.

2 – Cover with jar of salsa.

3 – Add packet of Taco seasoning.

4 – Dice an onion and throw that in too.

5 – Add 1 & 1/2 cups of water.

6 – Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.

You can do so much with this–serve it on tortillas and top with cheese for tacos, make burritos, use it for nachos or really anything else! It’s quick and so easy.

Beef Vegetable Soup

This is my great-grandmother’s recipe and my mother adapted it for the Instant Pot. This soup is so so so so so good y’all. My husband looked at me after I made it for the first time and asked me why I had never made it before. Big family favorite now!

My mother explains it so well–so I’ll let her do it.

Those of you who have Instant Pots–please share your favorite recipes with me! Also–I’m always posting my recipes on my Instagram story, so follow me and stay tuned for more recipes!

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  • Reply kim

    For the salsa chicken do you do NPR or quick release? thanks!

    December 30, 2016 at 8:53 am
    • Reply Deidra Romero

      I always do quick release. I’m impatient! Thanks for reading!

      December 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Joan Meyer


    December 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply Deidra Romero

      You are welcome!

      January 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Kim Champion Barnes

    Thank you for posting these. I received the insta pot for Christmas and haven’t used it because I just wasn’t sure what to make in it. I am going to try the soup this week, it looks so good. Hope your family is doing well, your children are beautiful. I know you don’t remember me but I used to babysit you when your were at your grandparents in Natchez. Your sweet grandparents were my pastors for many years and hold a very dear place in my heart.

    January 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    • Reply Deidra Romero

      Hi Kim! Thank you so much for reading! I just made the soup tonight actually and it was such a winner–again! Thanks again for stopping by and I definitely don’t remember being babysat but your name sounds so familiar! Best to you and yours!

      January 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply Deidra Romero

      Thank you so much for stopping by Kim!! I made that soup tonight and it was a winner–again! One of our favs. I definitely don’t remember being babysat but your name did sound familiar. Best to you and thanks again for reading!

      January 25, 2017 at 8:27 pm

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