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Instant Pot Dolly Parton’s 5- Layer Dinner

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A simple but delicious fiver layer casserole recipe that’s cooked in the Instant Pot.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 small/medium russet potatoes (about 11 ounces), thinly sliced (about 1/4 inch) into rounds
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced and rings separated
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced, stewed or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Brown the beef: You can do this step on the stove in a pan or in the Instant Pot. Turn Instant Pot to the sauté setting. When the display says HOT add in the ground beef and break it up*. Add in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning. Brown the beef for about 5 minutes. If there is any excess grease drain it off. Clean out your Instant Pot.
  2. Lay the potatoes in an oven safe pan for pot-in-pot cooking (I use a 3 quart IP liner inside the 6 quart IP liner for pot in pot cooking*). Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper (don’t be shy, potatoes love salt). 
  3. Add beef on top of potatoes. 
  4. Add the onions on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle the onions with salt and pepper. 
  5. Dump the tomatoes on top of the onions. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper. 
  6. Layer the green bell peppers on top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle the peppers with salt and pepper. 
  7. Cover the pan with foil. Set the pan on top of a trivet/sling.
  8. Dump 1 cup water into bottom of Instant Pot. Lower the pan into the Instant Pot. 
  9. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 40 minutes. When time is up move the valve to venting and remove the lid. 
  10. Remove the foil. Scoop contents of pan onto plates and enjoy!
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot