One of my very favorite Cyber Monday purchases from about 2 years back is definitely the Instant Pot. In fact, I think it’s the only bigger item I’ve ever gotten on this most hallowed of shopping-on-your-lunch-break days. I know, shocking that I splurge a little on food-related things! I have yet to regret getting one, even if it’s a bit of a pain to find a spot to store it in my tiny apartment.
Since this handy little gadget has kept going on sale every year around this time, I figured I’d share my favorite time and energy saving Instant Pot recipes. In the spirit of the season — and not becoming a total hermit — I’ve also been trying to plan a few dinner parties with friends.
Without further ado, here are my favorite Instant Pot party recipes that are perfect for feeding a (picky) crowd!
1. Country Style Pork Ribs
I’ve started making this pork ribs recipe regularly in my Instant Pot since it’s such a man-pleaser. I always have the ingredients on hand and the most complicated part is finding your favorite BBQ sauce. You can serve these a million different ways: with a slaw or roasted veggie side, over a bed of brown rice or quinoa, as cold leftovers on a bun, etc.
I can always find this cut of meat at my local Costco, and they sell the exact amount to make two recipes’ worth. You’ve never had meat so tender!
2. Pumpkin Walnut Chili
I will not shut up about this Instant Pot chili. Seriously, ask Mr Never Cooks, he’s pretty tired of me waxing poetic about food for an hour straight. I made it for a dinner party since it’s vegan-friendly and requires so little prep work, and then cried with joy when I had a week’s worth of leftovers after feeding 8 people (it makes that much chili!).
Something about the firmness of the walnuts, the perfect amount of heat from the peppers, and the filling effect of beans, lentils and bulgur just makes my heart sing.
3. Pork Carnitas
I’ve fount that Mexican food is far and away the easiest type of cuisine to make for dinner parties. This pork carnitas recipe for the Instant Pot is very simple and works so well in a burrito or a taco bowl. I like to set up a little assembly line of fresh ingredients like quinoa, black beans, lettuce, sauteed vegetables, salsa, Greek yogurt, avocados and cilantro so that everyone can mix and match. You can even add it as a topping to some loaded nachos if you’re aiming for an appetizer-style party.
4. Buttermilk Herb Chicken
I love making this chicken dish in the Instant Pot to put on top of hearty and healthy dinner salads. It’s the perfect lightly seasoned and moist addition to turn even the pickiest of eaters onto greenery. The chicken stays a little firmer than pork and doesn’t just wilt your lettuce to an unappetizing mess. If I set up two types of leafy greens, say massaged kale and romaine, I tend to cover my bases in terms of tastes for a dinner party.
5. Easiest Instant Pot Pork
This is my go-to recipe for my laziest of weeks. And the weeks where I’m trying to save money. And the weeks where Mr Never Cooks actually needs to gasp cook. Or do the grocery shopping! I can send him off to buy the cheapest cut of pork and whatever he brings back will work just fine for this Instant Pot recipe. The rest of the ingredients are staples in my pantry, so it’s about as simple as it gets.
I can pair this with anything vegetable- and grain-like and it works well. In fact I’ve hosted a whole impromptu dinner party where I just pulled out whatever was in our cabinets and produce bowl to go along with it. Hosting dinner parties on a budget? This is your dish.
So there you have it! These are some of my very favorite healthy Instant Pot dinner party recipes. Do you have any pressure cooker recipes you love? Let me know below!