If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea I have four 5-ingredient Instant Pot recipes with substitute ideas to share with you today!
5-ingredient Instant Pot recipes with substitute ideas
My cute niece who is at college right now texted me last night and said, “Your 3 ingredient meals are getting me through these desperate times. And when I mean desperate I mean Target was literally wiped out of everything. But I found some tortillas, picante sauce and sour cream and made your Instant Pot Creamy Salsa Chicken. It was super delicious!” I was happy that I was somewhat helpful to her and hopefully my recipes can help many other people that are trying to figure out what to make for dinner with what they have at their home.
Today I want to share some recipes with you that are:
- Easy to make
- Require few ingredients
- Can be adjusted and adapted with substitute ingredients if needs be
That way if you can’t get to the store or if there’s nothing at the store or if you’re just waiting until payday to get to the store you can still get dinner on the table.
Recipe Idea #1: Creamy Salsa Chicken
Instant Pot creamy salsa chicken has tender bites of chicken with an amazing sauce of just 3 ingredients.
Serve this chicken and sauce over…
- Tortillas (flour or corn)
- Rolled up in lettuce
- Potatoes (baked or mashed)
This recipe calls for:
- ½ cup water or broth
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup picante sauce
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- Optional: grated cheddar and chopped cilatro
Chicken: Use any cut of chicken for this recipe. Bone-in chicken pieces, rotisserie chicken, boneless chicken thighs, canned chicken.
Picante sauce: Use any type of salsa. Salsa verde, chunky salsa, mango salsa etc.
Lime juice: You can use fresh lime juice or lime juice from a bottle. Try other types of citrus like lemon, orange or grapefruit. Or you could leave out the citrus completely.
Sour Cream: Plain yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream. You can also use softened cream cheese or blended cottage cheese. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with a cup of heavy whipping cream, and your sour cream substitute is ready.
Cornstarch: use another thickener like flour
Recipe Idea #2: Smoked Sausage, Green Beans And Potatoes
The easiest meal with the most amazing results. Smoked sausage, fresh green beans, cubed potatoes and a couple of seasonings are cooked together quickly in your electric pressure cooker for an easy one pot, dump and press start meal.
This recipe calls for:
- 1 cup water
- 1 (12 oz) package of pre-cooked smoked sausage, sliced into quarter in pieces
- 1 ½ pounds yellow, red or Russet potatoes, washed and cubed
- 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 4 Tbsp butter, cut into 8 pieces
Sausage: Use any type of pre-cooked cured sausage type of meat like kielbasa, smoked sausage, andouille sausage, chicken sausage etc. Another choice is uncooked sausage links that you brown first (brats, breakfast sausage, etc.). Ground sausage works also…brown it first. Or if you have any type of ground meat you can season it to taste like sausage and brown it.
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground sage
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Brown 1 pound of ground meat with the seasonings above.
Green Beans: Use frozen green beans (add in at the beginning) or canned green beans (add after pressure cooking). Cabbage wedges, corn cobs, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, asparagus, baby carrots could all be used in the place of green beans. You can use frozen vegetables as well. Layer the frozen vegetables on top of the potatoes and sausage.
Seasoned Salt: Make your own seasoned salt. Or use another seasoning that you have in your cupboard like Montreal Chicken/Steak Seasoning, Cajun seasoning, Old Bay, etc.
Butter: Try drizzling a bit of olive oil over everything. Margarine. Or leave out butter.
Recipe Idea #3: Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Taco Rice
An easy 5-ingredient dump and press start recipe for the Instant Pot. Rice, chicken and black beans with lots of flavor.
This recipe calls for:
- 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
- 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs, breasts or legs (frozen is okay)
- 2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
- 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 (14 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- Optional toppings: diced avocado, sour cream, grated cheddar, chopped cilantro
Chicken broth: Use a bouillon cube or Better Than Bouillon chicken base with water, or just use plain water
Brown rice: Use any type of rice. Pearl barley. Lentils. Wheat berries. Quinoa.
Chicken: Use any cut of chicken, canned chicken, rotisserie chicken meat.
Ranch dressing mix: Make your own ranch dressing mix or use an Italian dressing mix packet.
Taco seasoning: Make your own taco seasoning. Or use fajita seasoning.
Black beans: Use any other type of canned beans like pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, etc. Or you can cook dried beans and then use them in this recipe.
Recipe Idea #4: Honey Garlic Pork
A 5-ingredient recipe for the tastiest and easiest pork lettuce wraps ever!
This recipe calls for:
- 1 pound ground pork
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp honey
- ½ cup uncooked long grain white rice
Serve this pork with…
Scoop the meat and rice over chopped romaine, use it in lettuce wraps, over chopped cabbage or plain.
Ground pork: ground chicken, turkey or lean beef…pretty much any ground meat can be used
Garlic: jarred minced garlic or garlic powder
Soy sauce: tamari sauce, worcestershire sauce, coconut aminos, liquid aminos, fish sauce
Honey: maple syrup or sugar
Rice: use parboiled rice, jasmine rice, white rice, quinoa
More 5 Ingredient Recipes
I have many many more recipes with a short list of ingredients that you can make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker! Here are a few:
Instant Pot Smoked Sausage And Cabbage or Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage And Cabbage
Instant Pot Cheater Beef Stew or Slow Cooker Cheater Beef Stew
Instant Pot Party Meatballs or Slow Cooker Party Meatballs
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes or Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Instant Pot Creamy Paprika Pork Tenderloin
Instant Pot Tender Salsa Beef or Slow Cooker Tender Salsa Beef
Instant Pot Tortellini Lasagna or Slow Cooker Tortellini Lasagna
And check out my YouTube video of five recipes with 3 ingredients!
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I like to substitute vegetarian meat products. Since these usually require significantly less cooking time, do you have a suggestion on reducing cooking times? What would your cooking times be if you were to make the recipe without meat – that would probably be sufficient cook time for the meat substitutes. Thanks! I really enjoy trying your recipes!
Basically I would go off the cooking times of whatever it’s being cooked with. So rice needs a certain amount of time and so does pasta, regardless if there is meat in the dish or not.
Thanks! I will make those adjustments 😊
Do you have an IP recipe for corn beef and cabbage?
Thank you, Brittina
Hi Brittina, I use this recipe for corned beef: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/instant-pot-corned-beef-dinner-with-mustard-sauce/
Thank you very much for providing this. We’re running almost entirely on pantry staples. This will be a big help.
You’re welcome! Glad it was helpful 🙂
Joy WEJBE says
I was excited to see an article involving “substitutes” but was bummed when none of them were for meat. Sounds delicious. Definitely meat meals though.. sadface.
Hi Joy, you can find all my meatless meals here: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/category/ingredients/meatless/
Hope this is helpful to you!
Greatly appreciate the recipes ideas.
Also, watching you kids make dinner; made me feel less afraid of this honkin kitchen gadget .
Take care of yourselves, during this crazy virus season.
Thank you so much Iris! Take care!