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5 Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes

5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes are handy to have when you’re in a rush! Quick and easy pressure cooker dinners & desserts you can make in no time at all in one pot.

5 ingredient instant pot recipes

Ready for a bunch of 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes you can throw together this week? I am all about easy family friendly meals that are cheap too. Try a few of these and let us know which quick Instant Pot recipes are your favorite. (originally published 11/19, affiliate links present)

5 Ingredient Recipes

#1 let me start with saying that I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot for these and all future pressure cooker recipes. It’s a Game Changer y’all. Another is that if you have a Ninja Foodi pot you can make all of these. It doesn’t matter what brand your machine is.

I don’t use unusual items either, I want everyone to have what they need as far as seasonings in their cupboard. As far as proteins chicken, pork and beef is pretty much it. I have kids so unusual things aren’t going to go over well here.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

6 Ingredients or Less Instant Pot Recipes

We started this whole thing after making this Crockpot 5 ingredient chili time and time again. We made this into Instant Pot chili and kept going from there…

Looking for lots of Instant Pot dinner recipes? I have a ton, several of them have only a few ingredients to them.

  1. Instant Pot Dump Cake is a fabulous dessert
  2. Get some sauerkraut and make Instant Pot Brats for dinner tonight
  3. Pressure cooker frozen chicken wings are so good using the CrispLid to crisp them.

Kraft mac and cheese in a pressure cooker is the only way we make it now!

macaroni cheese kraft

5 Ingredient Ninja Foodi Recipes

  • Let me tell you how they qualify for this category:
    • I don’t count water as an ingredient
    • Seasonings aren’t counted either
    • 5 ingredients to me means anything other than those

If you’re looking for a few super easy and healthy Instant Pot recipes? We have a few to choose from below.

Super cheap and tasty Instant Pot Salsa Chicken I love because you only need 3 ingredients.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Recipes with 5 Ingredients

If you’re new to using a pressure cooker I would make our spaghetti first. It is super simple and requires NO boiling. If you’re anything like me it will change your life and you’ll never make it on the stovetop again.  You can use ground beef of course but a roll of spicy sausage is a GREAT alternative I tell you.

  1. Make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken or salsa verde chicken tonight
  2. Our Instant Pot spaghetti is our most popular recipe!
  3. Cheesy and easy Instant Pot macaroni and cheese
  4. Instant Pot chicken cacciatore is a healthy pressure cooker meal that can be packed with veggies, served on top of rice, in hoagie rolls, or as is.

Instant Pot split pea soup from homemade is great because it only takes 17 minutes!!

instant pot split pea soup

Love Instant Pot casseroles? If you don’t count the seasonings many of them only need 5 ingredients to make. 

For dessert make this fat free Instant Pot angel food cake.

instant pot angel food cake 2

Pantry Ingredient Pressure Cooker Recipes

Looking for more easy Instant Pot recipes? We have over 101 on The Typical Mom blog! Look on our menu bar and bookmark our site because we add 1-2 new ones each week! They’ll keep you busy for 365 days with very little overlap.

  • Pressure cooking is the wave of the future. Between that, my air fryer and and my slow cooker I rarely turn on my oven anymore.

You can even make Instant Pot steak if you don’t want to turn on your barbecue that day. With a little olive oil you can sear the outside and cook it with potatoes and all. And Instant Pot pot roast has never come out more tender this way.

Then you’ve gotta’ try our Instant Pot beef tips and gravy.

beef tips instant pot

5 ingredient Instant Pot meals

  • Tip to remember: When cooking a large hunk of meat in your pressure cooker allow the steam to naturally release. A quick release will not yield a piece that is as tender. Simple but important trick to keep in mind.

You can be pretty creative. Love vegetables? Add a cup of mixed frozen veggies into the mix. Want to double the batch and make dinner for a large crowd? Most of these can do that, especially if you have an 8 quart pot.

Our Instant Pot tilapia is great too and super healthy. You can cook vegetables with it too at the same time. Same goes for our Instant Pot fish recipe.

instant pot tilapia recipe

What are the best things to cook in an Instant Pot?

Pot Roast comes out incredibly tender! You can cook it with some vegetables inside at the end too for a one pot meal.

instant pot chicken noodle soup

But don’t stop there! We have a ton that are close to 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes but maybe have 6 like our Instant Pot apricot chicken. A favorite dinner with Instant Pot brussel sprouts amongst my girls.

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5 Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes

5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes are here. Can be all made in a Ninja Foodi or crockpot express pressure cooker brands quickly and with few ingredients too.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword 5 ingredient, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 70kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Set pot to saute and add olive oil and meat. Saute until no longer pink on the outside. Turn pot off. Use wood spatula to scrape any stuck on meat off bottom of pot.
  • Pour in all other ingredients and stir together. Seal lid and steam valve shut to closed and set to high pressure for 10 minutes with a quick release.
  • Serve 5 ingredient chili with cheese on top.
Nutrition Facts
5 Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.4g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 425mg18%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 ingredient instant pot recipes
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Cindy Rookey

Thursday 7th of November 2019

i am a widow and it is so hard to cook for one but i do love all your recipes simple and every day food thank you for putting the up


Saturday 26th of September 2020

You could always make a batch and then freeze individual size meals :) ❤️

The Typical Mom

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Thank you, glad I could help

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