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Karen’s Campfire Potatoes (Instant Pot)

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Karen’s Campfire Potatoes are like the Dutch oven potatoes you eat when camping but they are made in a fraction of the time. Plus you don’t have to set up camp and start a fire! You’re going to love these red potatoes with onions, bacon and the perfect amount of seasoning.  


  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes
  • 46 slices of uncooked bacon, cut into half inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  1. Wash the potatoes and slice each potato into wedges (I did 8 wedges per potato). Place the potatoes into a steamer basket.
  2. Pour 1 ½ cups of water into bottom of Instant Pot. Lower the steamer basket into bottom of Instant Pot. 
  3. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 2 minutes. When time is up move valve to venting and release the pressure. 
  4. Carefully remove the steamer basket and set it aside. Discard the water and dry out the inner liner and place it back inside the Instant Pot. 
  5. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. When display says HOT add in the bacon pieces and cook until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to move the bacon pieces out of the pot and onto a paper towel lined plate. Set aside. 
  6. Add the onions into the pot with the bacon grease. Saute until translucent.
  7. Add in the potatoes, salt, chili powder and paprika. Toss well. Turn off Instant Pot. Toss in the cooked bacon. 
  8. Serve and enjoy!
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Instant Pot