Instant Pot Recipes from a Chef's Wife and IP Enthusiast

Mom's Crockpot Beef & Gravy Dump Dinner (Non-IP Recipe)

Start to Finish Cook Time: 6 hours
Effort Level: Low!!
Servings: 4-5

My mother hand 4 children, so when she cooked it was as little effort as possible. I remember having this growing up and it's still a go to in adulthood because it's so easy! True dump dinner. Usually I will pair with white rice (highly recommend using me Foolproof IP Rice recipe) and a bag of frozen veggies thrown in the microwave. Double if feeding several mouths.

If you want to jump straight to the recipe, no need to keep scrolling it's right below. If you want step-by-step pictures though, I've included those below the recipe. And as my Chef husband says, "Food is love". Enjoy!

  • 1 lb stew meat, precut into chunks
  • 1 can Campbell's cream of mushroom soup (don't add water)
  • 1/2 tbsp Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried onions

Recommended Pairings

  1. Add in your Crockpot all ingredients listed above and mix.
  2. Set to low for 6 hours.
  3. When you have half hour left, this is a good time to cook your rice and veggies to pair.
  4. Mix crockpot and serve over rice with side.
  5. It's that easy, enjoy!
Add all ingredients in Crockpot and set to 6 hours on low.
Once cooked, mix before serving over rice and or veggies.

Instant Pot Easy Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

Start to Finish Cook Time: 98 minutes (1 prep + 6 saute + 14 pressurizing + 65 high pressure + 10 natural release + 2 saute *If using one pot add 33 minutes to this recipe, if using 2 pots you will finish in 98 minutes)
Effort Level: Medium
Servings: 7

Fall is upon us and to me that means FALL FOOD. Roasts, stews, casseroles... Thanks to Instant pot you can do this with a lot less time and effort. I've had a few attempts with roasts or large cuts of beef where the consistency wasn't quite right, but this recipe got Chef's approval for softness and texture of the roast. You could serve potatoes without mashing, but let's face it mashed always tastes better.

Do note I've included instructions for completing all in one Instant Pot, or using two Instant Pots. If using 2 Instant Pots, you will need a steamer basket. If you want to jump straight to the recipe, no need to keep scrolling it's right below. If you want step-by-step pictures though, I've included those below the recipe. And as my Chef husband says, "Food is love". Enjoy!


Roast Ingredients
    • 1 cup water 
    • 1 beef bouillon cube
    • 1 packet McCormick Slow Cookers Savory Pot Roast Seasoning
    • 1 yellow onion
    • 1/4 tsp diced garlic
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 3-3.5lb chuck roast
    • Cornstarch mix (5 1/2 tbsp cornstarch and 8 tbsp meat broth)

    Potato Ingredients
    • 24 oz Honey Gold Bite Size Potatoes
    • 10 tbsp half and half or whipping cream
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 cup water (if following 2 IP instructions)
    • 1 beef bouillon cube (if following 2 IP instructions)

    Carrot Ingredients
    • 1/2 bag baby carrots
    • 1/8 tsp salt 
    • 1/2 tsp oil
    • Dash Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning

    1. Cut onion into wide slices and cut in half. Cut meat roast into 3 equally sized pieces. 
    2. Set Instant Pot to High Saute for 6 minutes. Add oil, diced garlic, chopped onions, and cut beef. Cook for those 6 minutes, just browning meat. Turn off high saute.
    3. Add 1 cup water, 1 beef bouillon, and seasoning packet in a measuring cup. Mix until blended. Pour onto beef.
    4. Seal and set to high pressure for 65 minutes, be sure the vent is in the sealed position and keep warm is selected. Allow for 14 minutes for it to reach pressure before timer starts. Once fully cooked, allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release before releasing any remaining pressure.
    5. If you have a second instant pot, you can prep that other pot (if you only have one pot I have listed instructions to add vegetables after below). Add potatoes and carrots to steamer basket. Pour 1 cup water to your IP and beef bouillon, then set for 3 minutes high pressure. Be sure steam vent is set to sealed and keep warm is on. Allow 17 minutes to build pressure. Once complete, allow 10 minutes natural pressure release before releasing remaining pressure. Remove basket and discard liquid in your vegetable IP.
    6. If you have only 1 instant pot, add potatoes and carrots to your beef mixture one fully cooked (do not add more water or bullion). Set for 3 minutes high pressure, when your beef IP is showing only 20 minutes left until ready. Be sure steam vent is set to sealed and keep warm is on. Allow 17 minutes to build pressure. Once complete, allow 10 minutes natural pressure release before releasing remaining pressure.  Remove vegetables.
    7. In a container, mash potatoes with masher and add: whipping cream, milk, 1/4 tsp garlic salt,  1 tsp salt, 1 and tbsp olive oil. Set aside. In a different container mix carrots with 1/8 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp oil, and dash of creole. Set aside.
    8. Once beef is cooked, remove and set on plate. Turn your IP with leftover seasoning from roast to high saute. While that is reaching boil, combine 5 1/2 tbsp cornstarch with 8 tbsp beef broth and mix until fully combine. Once beef broth is boiling, add cornstarch mix and stir until thickened. Then turn off pot, this will be your gravy.
    9. Plate crumbling beef on plate with potatoes and carrots. Top beef with gravy and enjoy!
    Cut meat into 3 sections.
    Add oil and set to high saute. Brown meat, onions, and garlic. 
    Turn off and add packet of seasoning, beef bouillon, and water.
    Set to high pressure for 65 minutes, allow 14 minutes to reach
    pressure and then 10 minutes to depressurize after cooking. 
    See instructions depending on if you are using one pot or two pots. If using 1, you
    would add veggies on top of beef without adding extra liquid. If using 2 pots,
    add in a separate IP water, beef bouillon, then lower steamer basket with
    veggies. Set to 3 minutes high pressure, allow 17 minutes to build pressure and
    10 minutes natural pressure release after.
    Remove all meat and or veggies from the pot. Set to high saute.
    In small bowl mix 5 1/2 tbsp cornstarch and 8 tbsp broth. Mix until blended.
    Once broth is boiling, add starch mix and stir until thickened. Turn off. 
    Break down beef into chunks for serving, it should crumble easily.
    In a bowl or your second pot, add your potatoes.
    Mash potatoes and add salt, olive oil, milk, half and half, and garlic salt. 
    Toss olive oil, salt, and dash of creole to carrots in bowl.  
    Please carrots, mashed potatoes and meat. Top with gravy and enjoy!

    Instant Pot Chili Cook-Off Champion Recipe

    Start to finish cook time: 37 minutes (1 prep, 9 suate + 12 pressurize + 15 high pressure)
    Effort Level: Low 
    Servings: 4 bowls

    My husband would compete in a chili cook off each year and after he won, I decided to challenge him and enter myself the following year... And I won!! Trust me, there was no help from him- competition is fierce in our household. He still won't admit my recipe was better, but the judges and attendees agreed I was the winner. There are few greater feats for a chef's wife, than outlooking them at a dish. The year I won I cooked in a crockpot, this was before the days of Instant Pots, so I have adapted this recipe to be IP friendly. This batch is sized for our household for a couple bowls of chili or chili dogs, but if you were cooking for an event/cook-off or large family then I recommend doubling the recipe (do note this may change pressurization time).

    If you want to jump straight to the recipe, no need to keep scrolling it's right below. If you want step-by-step pictures though, I've included those below the recipe. And as my Chef husband says, "Food is love". Enjoy!

    Source: Loosely inspired by Hillbilly Housewife.

    • 1/2 lb ground beef
    • 1/2 lb hot sausage
    • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced fine
    • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced fine
    • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced fine
    • 3 1/4 tsp chili powder
    • 1 3/4 tsp ground paprika
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
    • 1 tsp Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning 
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 tsp vinegar
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 (6 oz) can of Hunts tomato paste
    • 1 (9 oz) can Hunts tomato sauce
    • 1 (15 oz) can Hunts petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
    • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1/4 cup water

    Optional Garnish/Serving Ingredients
      • Shredded cheddar cheese
      • Chopped green onions
      • Mini oyster crackers
      • Sour cream
      • Hot dog in a poppy seed bun (if doing chili dogs)
      • Bread bowl

      1. Set your Instant Pot to high saute for 12 minutes. 
      2. While it's warming, fine chop the onion and bell peppers. Add chopped vegetables and ground beef to pot and cook until beef is brown. Turn off pot and drain excess fat. 
      3. Add seasoning, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes, and beans to your meat. Mix until blended.
      4. Add water and scrape the bottom of your pot with a wooden spoon to get any remnants off the bottom of the pot that could cause burning. 
      5. Add tomato sauce and then tomato paste, but DO NOT MIX (to prevent burn notice).
      6. Seal and set to 15 minutes high pressure, making sure the valve is in the sealed position. Allow for 12 minutes to reach pressure. 
      7. Once it's beeped it's done, quick release pressure. 
      8. Mix with a wooden spoon. 
      9. Garnish with shredded cheese, oyster crackers, and or green onions if serving as chili bowl. Or top on hot dogs or fries to make chili dogs or chili fries.

      Fine chop onions, green pepper, and red pepper.
      Set on high saute and add onions, peppers, and ground beef.
      Cook until beef is brown and onions translucent. Turn off
      and drain excess fat.
      Add all seasoning, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and
      undrained diced tomatoes, and kidney beans. Mix.
      Add water and use wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of pot.
      Add tomato sauce and then tomato paste. DON'T STIR.
      Seal and set to 15 minutes high pressure, allow 12 minutes
      to reach pressure.
      Quick release pressure once done and mix.
      Plate to your liking. Bowl of chili can be topped with many
      different garnishes (sour cream, cheese, green onions, and or
      oyster crackers). Or pour on top of a hot dog or french fries.

      Fresh Instant Pot Pink Lemonade

      Start to finish cook time: 21 (8 prep, 6 pressurize + 5 high pressure + 2 post prep) *prepare 2 hours ahead of serving so you can chill in fridge*
      Effort Level: Low - Med 
      Servings: 1/2 pitcher

      There is nothing more summer time than a glass of ice cold fresh lemonade. I personally prefer pink and strawberry lemonades. I will rely on just crystal light for a quick fix, but when you are having a gathering or bbq there is no substitute for the real deal. I recommend doubling the recipe for a full pitcher, depending on the size of your group.

      You can get as creative as you want with fruit to add- sliced lemons, strawberries, raspberries ect. Be sure to make a few hours ahead so you can really let it chill and serve with cups full of ice.

      Do note you will need a lemon zester (looks like a small grater) and net strainer for this recipe. If you want to jump straight to the recipe, no need to keep scrolling it's right below. If you want step-by-step pictures though, I've included those below the recipe. And as my Chef husband says, "Food is love". Enjoy!

      • 5 lemons 
      • 3/4 cup sugar
      • 3/4 cup water (for syrup base)
      • 4 cups water (for juice)
      • 3/4 cup cranberry fruit juice cocktail
      • 1/8 tsp Crystal Light Liquid Strawberry Lemonade
      • Optional: sliced fruit


      1. Add 3/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup sugar to your Instant Pot.
      2. Using your lemon zester, grate off the outside layer from your lemons (just the shiny parts so the light yellow skin underneath shows). Put the shredded lemon zest in your pot (feel free to zest over your pot to make this easier).
      3. Once all lemons are zested, cut lemons in half and squeeze the juice out of each lemon side into your pot. IMPORTANT squeeze 4 1/2 lemons, the last 1/2 lemon is to slice up and put in your lemonade. 
      4. Mix contents of your pot. Set to 5 minutes high pressure, allow 6 minutes to reach pressure and be sure the vent valve is sealed.
      5. Once done, quick release pressure. 
      6. Using a strainer, strain liquid into a pitcher so that the seeds and zest are filtered out.
      7. Mix with your sugar lemon mix your water, cranberry juice, and crystal light. Add sliced fruits. 
      8. Allow to sit for 1-2 hours in the fridge, until chilled. This will let the flavors bloom.
      9. Serve with lots of ice and enjoy!
      Zest the outsides of your lemons into your pot. 
      Once completed your lemons should look like this, the shiny part
      Cut lemons in half. You will slice just one half of lemon into strips, to add to your
      pitcher for looks/flavor. The remaining halves you will want to squeeze into your pot. 

      Once squeezed, your lemons should look like this. 
      Add 3/4 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup of water. Stir. Set to High
      pressure for 5 minutes, allowing 6 minutes to reach pressure.
      Once completed, quick release steam.
      Strain liquid into your pitcher through mesh strainer, so seeds
      and zest don't make it into your pitcher. Add to your pitcher
      the 4 cups of water,  3/4 cup of cranberry juice, and 1/8
      tsp Crystal Light Liquid Strawberry Lemonade mix. Add any
      sliced fruit into pitcher, store in fridge for 1-2 hours.
      Serve in chilled glasses with lots of ice and straw. Enjoy!

      Instant Pot Kielbasa Kraut Dump Dinner

      Start to finish cook time: 43 minutes (8 prep + 7 saute + 21 pressurize + 7 high pressure + QR)
      Effort Level: Low
      Servings: 13

      I'm of no German decent, but living in the Chicago area you learn to love good German food! It's a staple of Chef's home cooking, so it got me thinking if stove top versions are easy just imagine how the Instant Pot versions would be... And I was right! This is a true dump dinner, low effort and tastes just like stove top! 
      If you want to jump straight to the recipe, no need to keep scrolling it's right below. If you want step-by-step pictures though, I've included those below the recipe. And as my Chef husband says, "Food is love". Enjoy!

      • 2 packages Kielbasa, quartered 
      • 3 cups Sauerkraut
      • 6 small-medium sized russet potatoes, skinned and squared
      • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into strips
      • 3/4 head cabbage, sliced into squares 
      • 1/2 cup water (optional you can do 1/4 water and 1/4 kraut juice)
      • 2 tbsp olive oil
      • 1 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1/4 tsp black pepper

      1. Quarter Kielbasa, basically cut in half and then cut half in half (this will create quarters or little triangles).
      2. Slice onions into strips.
      3. Turn Instant Pot to high saute for 12 minutes (likely won't use all this time you should only need 7 mins, but set to this so it doesn't turn off on you). Add olive oil, onions, and sausage. Stir frequently to prevent burning, cook until until onions are translucent and sausage is a bit browned. 
      4. While it's cooking- remove skins of potatoes, cut into small squares. Slice onion into strips. Remove core of cabbage and slice into squares. You need about 2/3 to 3/4 the cabbage so keep the dark green discard some of the white green.
      5. Turn off saute. Add water (or water kraut juice mix) and scrape with wooden spoon, to remove any burnt areas to avoid the burn notice (there shouldn't be any burnt but in case there is). Add potatoes and mix with Kielbasa. Add seasoning over potatoes and meat, mix. Top with cabbage and kraut. Important, this is going to be very close to the max line! Push down and be sure not to go over max line. If you are over max, take out a few potato and cabbage chunks until you are under.
      6. Seal and set to 7 on high pressure, allow for 21 minutes to pressurize. Be sure the steamer vent is in the sealed position.
      7. Once beef beeps it's done, quick release pressure. There is going to be a bit of excess liquid on the bottom, using mitts tilt and pour out a bit of excess without pouring out contents (I use spoon to guard contents).
      8. Serve using a slotted spoon and enjoy, this one is just that easy!

      Slice kielbasa into half circles. Add 2 tbsp oil. 
      Slice onion and add to pot, set to 12 on high and cook for
      about 7 minutes until onions are translucent. Stir Frequently.
      Turn off. Pour water/krout juice mix, if there is any burnt
      anything on bottom use wooden spoon to remove (you shouldn't
      have though). 
      Remove core of cabbage. Chop into squares. You are going
      to keep all the green and some of the almost white.
      Discard about 1/4-1/3 of the really white hard stuff seen above.
      Peel potatoes and chop into squares.
      Measure out 3 cups of kraut.
      Add potatoes and seasoning. Mix.
      Add cabbage and then kraut, making sure to stay
      under the max line. Set to 7 mins, allow for 21 mins
      to build pressure. Quick release after.
      Drain excess fluid. Serve using a slotted spoon and enjoy!