Our 10 Most Popular Fall Instant Pot Recipes

updated Mar 4, 2020
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Fall cooking isn’t when we dust off our slow cookers or Instant Pots. We use them all year long. But what goes into them changes as the seasons do — from vibrant vegetables to comforting classics. In the fall, the Instant Pot is perfect for delivering favorites like meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pulled pork, and tender pork chops. These are 10 of our most popular fall recipes for making the most of Instant Pot cooking as the seasons change.

1. Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

This pot-in-pot recipe cooks both the meatloaf and mashed potatoes at once, making cleanup a dream. When you’ve got to stagger dinner a bit, say some eaters are coming in late after football practice, use the Instant Pot’s “warm” function to keep both the potatoes and meatloaf ready to eat between seatings.

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2. Instant Pot Spaghetti

If you haven’t made this wildly popular Instant Pot Spaghetti yet, let me tell you why you should. First off, all the cooking gets done in the Instant Pot — no water boiling, no draining and dirtying a colander — and the results are so luscious! The starch from the pasta thickens the sauce making it the best classic spaghetti and meat sauce you’ll have. Trust me.

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3. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls

Talk about comforting weeknight meals! These burrito bowls have it all: spicy salsa, creamy rice and cheese, tender chicken and hearty beans and corn.

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4. Instant Pot Potatoes

September marks the beginning of baked potato season in our house. We eat them once a week, topped with leftovers and sprinkled with cheese. Everyone loves them. When meal prepping, you can make a big batch of potatoes in the Instant Pot and then crisp their skin in a warm oven, toaster oven, or even an air fryer during the week.

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5. Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Pork Chops

Pork chops are seemingly synonymous with fall apple and pear season (they are a delicious pairing) but I’d argue that this tender Instant Pot pork chops are even better with their silky onion gravy.

6. Instant Pot Ribs

Ribs are far from summer-only affair — hello tailgating season! And the Instant Pot is perfect for making them extra tender in record time. These ribs are delicious out of the pot, but if you glaze them and pop them in the oven or on a grill then they’re incredible.

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7. Easy Risotto in the Instant Pot

Risotto is one of those one-pot meals I often forget about until the weather cools off. This Instant Pot version is no-frills, but you can dress it up with any seasonal favorites you want, like roasted squash, end of summer roasted tomatoes, or garlicky greens.

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8. Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

No need to save chicken Alfredo for your neighborhood Italian restaurant. This pasta recipe starts by browning chicken breast and is finishes with a flurry of grated parmesan cheese — and oh, it only requires the Instant Pot.

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9. Instant Pot Turkey Chili

This turkey chili is also veggie packed and perfect for potlucks or tailgating or just a cozy Sunday at home. You can swap the turkey for any ground protein you like — or leave it out and go vegetarian.

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10. Easiest-Ever Instant Pot Pulled Pork

This recipe is just three ingredients and can used for everything from BBQ sandwiches to tacos for feeding a crowd. Plus it will teach you everything you need to know about cooking a hearty pork shoulder in the Instant Pot.