19 Fall Instant Pot Recipes

There are so many ways to use your Instant Pot, so I’ve rounded up 19 favorite Instant Pot recipes that will help you stay cozy throughout the fall season.

photo collage of instant pot recipes

Instant Pot Recipes

If you have an Instant Pot, you know how easy it makes getting dinner on the table. An electric pressure cooker cooks chicken in mere minutes, turns tough cuts of meat into tender bites in way less time it takes on the stove or in the oven, and cooks cozy batches of soup in a flash.

So, this time of year, when the leaves are falling off the trees, and you’re craving something hearty and comforting on a chilly night, an Instant Pot is the answer. Here, you’ll find lots of different Instant Pot recipes to make this Fall. Some of them are my favorite recipes, and others are delicious ideas from other blogs. There are big batch recipes and smaller two-serving recipes, and all of them are ones you’ll want to give a try. Enjoy!

beef tacos on a cutting board with lime wedges

Braised Beef Tacos

Tender seasoned beef wrapped up in tortillas with all the toppings, including a simple creamy salsa-inspired sauce, is totally doable on a weeknight, thanks to an Instant Pot. These beef tacos are easy to prep and are ready to go in less than an hour. This recipe makes enough for two hungry people with some leftovers for lunch the next day.

cashew chicken on a plate

Cashew Chicken

If you love a great homemade take-out fake-out, this cashew chicken needs to go on your must-make list. You’ll put both the high-pressure and saute settings on your Instant Pot to good use with this recipe, and in about 30 minutes, you’ll have a classic take-out dinner without having to wait for delivery.

Instant Pot Meatloaf


This meatloaf takes about half the amount of time it would if you cooked it the old-fashioned way, and Jennifer shares all of her best tips so no one would ever guess you didn’t crank up the oven to make it.

overhead photo of black bean soup

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

This hearty black bean soup with bacon, green chile, and spices cooks in about an hour in the Instant Pot. No need to soak or simmer the beans for hours – it’s so easy you can make it on a weeknight.

instant pot bbq pulled pork

BBQ Pulled Pork

These gorgeous pulled pork sandwiches can be yours, too, with just a few simple ingredients and an Instant Pot. Tiffany has all sorts of great suggestions about customizing the recipe to your own tastes, including how to combine your favorite store-bought sauces to create your own special BBQ sauce that will leave everyone wondering how you found the time to make your own.

Instant pot salsa chicken

Salsa Chicken

This super simple chicken dish starts in the Instant Pot and finishes under the broiler for an easy low-carb weeknight dinner.

Instant pot carnitas

Pork Carnitas

Carnitas are generally an all-day affair whether you cook the pork in the oven or the slow cooker, and that’s all fine and dandy when a) we remember to plan ahead or b) we don’t mind hanging around for hours on end for dinner. Enter the Instant Pot, which takes an otherwise tough cut of meat and, in about 40 minutes, transforms it into succulent pork carnitas. Just don’t forget the quick broiler step for the best results!

instant pot short ribs with polenta

Short Ribs with Polenta

Like the carnitas, without an Instant Pot short ribs are a labor of love requiring lots of time until they are falling apart tender. Sue shares how to use your Instant Pot to get them on the table in about an hour, along with a creamy rosemary polenta, which sounds like a match made in comfort-food heaven.

two bowls of salsa verde taco soup garnished with sour cream and guacamole

Salsa Verde Taco Soup for Two

Salsa verde taco soup made with fresh tomatillos, green chile, brown rice, and ground beef. It’s a small-batch recipe for two that you can serve with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream and a quick and guacamole.

Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken

There’s nothing better than a great pantry dinner that uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Add the Instant Pot in the mix, and you get a great Mediterranean-inspired chicken dinner you’ll want in your weekly busy-night dinner rotation.

instant pot pork tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin

I can see serving this tender pork loin for any holiday or special occasion dinner. Because it’s all done in the Instant Pot, you can save oven space for all the delicious side dishes you want to serve with it. I’m thinking macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and roasted veggies!

Instant pot butter chicken

Butter Chicken

This small-batch butter chicken, made with chicken thighs and lots of spices, is a quick 20-minute weeknight comfort food dinner. Serve it with rice or naan on the side to soak up the delicious sauce.

overhead photo of a bowl of spicy chicken ragu with bucatini

Spicy Chicken Ragu (Instant Pot)

This spicy chicken ragu for two cooks is an easy Instant Pot recipe for busy weeknights. There are no browning or pre-cooking steps required – everything goes into the Instant Pot, and dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Chili

Turkey Chili

With a quick 15-minute prep time and easy hands-off 20-minute cook time, this Instant Pot chili with turkey, sweet potatoes, and black beans is a low-maintenance and cozy dinner.

Instant Pot Old Fashioned Pot Roast

Old Fashioned Pot Roast

A classic pot roast is normally an all-day affair, but with an Instant Pot, this old-fashioned favorite comes together in just a couple of hours. This Sunday supper of veggies and tender beef topped with a rich gravy has never been so easy.

Adobo Chicken

Adobo Chicken

This recipe is a meal-prepper dream because you can prep and freeze all of the ingredients ahead of time. When a busy night rolls around, all you have to do is pop it all (straight from the freezer!) into the Instant Pot, and 25 minutes later, dinner is ready. Serve this tangy chicken with rice for a super easy dinner.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

This honey garlic chicken is so easy to make you’ll want to add it to your weekly dinner rotation. It takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

Instant Pot Veggie Stew

Vegetable Stew

Veggie lovers unite! This veggie-packed stew looks so hearty and comforting despite its lack of meat. You could let it simmer on the stove for hours, or you could cook all of it in your Instant Pot for 15 minutes. I know which one I’ll choose.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

If you’re craving a comforting and cozy pasta dish, this chicken cacciatore – otherwise known as a classic Italian comfort food dish – is one to add to your Instant Pot recipes list. Tender chicken in a rich sauce with pasta sounds like a delicious way to warm up on a chilly night.

I hope you found some new Instant Pot recipes to try! Be sure to let me know in the comments which ones you loved.

Happy pressure cooking,


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