The name isn’t pretty, but “dump dinners” are kind of genius—just dump everything into a pot and go about your business until dinner is done. But now, the Instant Pot is making things even easier. Presenting our 15 favorite recipes for lightning-fast weeknight meals.
15 Dump Dinner Recipes to Make in the Instant Pot
Chili Garlic Instant Pot Noodles
Don’t even think about takeout. These noodles are even faster, easier and tastier.
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Bonus: This recipe works even if you forgot to defrost the chicken breasts. Throw it right from the freezer into the pot.
Instant Pot 20-minute Chicken Burrito Bowls
Meet meal-prep magic. We love to make a big batch on Sunday and take them for lunches all week long.
Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki
Serve over steamed brown rice (or eat it straight from the pot, no judgement).
Vegetarian Portobello Pot Roast
Why should meat eaters have all the fun? This recipe has all the savory goodness of a pot roast, with plenty of extra umami from the mushrooms. (Yum.)
Instant-pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos
All of our Taco Tuesday dreams just came true. Make extra pineapple salsa and serve it on a salad or with tortilla chips.
Instant-pot Asian Noodle Bowls
Made with brown rice noodles and plenty of fresh veggies, this nutritious weeknight meal is about to become a new standby.
Instant Pot Minestrone
On a rainy day, there’s nothing better than this comforting, belly-warming bowl. Dump in a pile of veggies with tomato sauce, beans, bulgur, parsley, garlic, smoked paprika and Parmesan (yum).
Classic Chicken Soup
We recommend making a pot of this as soon as you start to feel the sniffles coming on. It’s easy and quick enough to make when you’re under the weather, and a steaming bowl will chase the germs away.
Instant Pot Chickpea Curry
Tip: Assemble all of the ingredients and freeze ahead of time. When you get home after a long day, you’ll have a quick meal at the ready.
Instant Pot Fettucine Alfredo
A restaurant-quality dish with five ingredients, and it’s ready in only 15 minutes. Sign us up.
Instant-pot Mediterranean Rosemary Salmon
Easy and healthy? We call that a major weeknight win. (Use frozen, wild-caught salmon to keep it extra convenient and nutritious.)
Instant Pot Southern Macaroni And Cheese
Honestly, this is easier than the stuff in the blue box. And about a thousand times tastier.
Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken And Vegetables
We love that everything cooks together in one pot. (Feel free to leave out the sauté step for a true dump dinner.)
Instant Pot Honey Chipotle Chicken
A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Just the way we like it.