20 hearty & healthy instant pot dinners that are perfect for fall

Quick and easy recipes full of fall flavors.

Autumn is just around the corner, bringing along sweater weather and cold nights. Sometimes the best thing for those chilly evenings is a warm meal made quick and easy, leaving plenty of time to curl up in your favorite blanket. In honor of fall, we’ve rounded up 20 recipes full of seasonal flavors like pumpkin, squash and turkey. And even better—they’re all made for the Instant Pot, to make the cooking process much simpler.

1. Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup
The ingredients for this recipe are likely already sitting in your pantry.Courtesy of Plated Cravings

This soup is perfect for Instant Pots and Crock Pots. It gets its deep flavor thanks to a little onion and apple added into the butter. See the full recipe here.

2. Southwest Chili

Southwest Chili
In this recipe, you have the option to cook the beans in the Instant Pot, or use canned ones.Courtesy of Leelalicious

Sweet potato, corn and black beans give this take on Chili con Carne a southwestern twist. See the full recipe here.

3. Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup
This dish is done in under 30 minutes.Courtesy of Delicious Meets Healthy

This quick recipe is tailor-made for busy weeknights when there's no time to cook—and is an excellent way to use leftovers. See the full recipe here.

4. Sweet Potato and Beef Stew

Sweet Potato and Beef Stew
By leaving the vegetable slices a little thick, they're less likely to get soft.Courtesy of Rally Pure

Delicious on its own, this stew can be lightened up with lemon juice and avocado. See the full recipe here.

5. Thai Pumpkin Curry with Jasmine Rice

Thai Pumpkin Curry with Jasmine Rice
This flavorful meal is topped with roasted crushed peanuts and cilantro.Courtesy of Cook With Manali

This stew is gluten free and has a low allergen risk, making it a safe choice for families. See the full recipe here.

6. Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast
A quick and easy way to prepare a turkey this Thanksgiving.Courtesy of The Cookie Rookie

In an hour and 15 minutes, you'll have tender, juicy turkey from following the instructions for this dish. See the full recipe here.

7. Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Chili
A leaner, lighter take on chili.Courtesy of Oh Sweet Basil

This recipe uses turkey bacon so you can enjoy your bacon while remaining healthy. See the full recipe here.

8. Apple Maple Chicken Legs

Apple Maple Chicken Legs
An excellent autumn flavor combo.Courtesy of Wondermom Wannabe

The use of chicken legs gives this recipe a richer flavor. See the full recipe here.

9. Apple Cider Pork Chops

Apple Cider Pork Chops
This dish brings together sweet and savory.Courtesy of Sweet & Savory Meals

Combined with mashed potatoes and carrots, this is an enjoyable warm meal for those cold autumn evenings. See the full recipe here.

10. Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork
Perfect for any cranberry fan.Courtesy of Wholesomelicious

Use the pork to top salads or nachos, or as filling for bread or tortilla shells—the options are endless. See full recipe here.

11. Cranberry Orange-Braised Beef Brisket

Cranberry Orange-Braised Beef Brisket
A tasty dish with just the right amount of tartness.Courtesy of The Crumbly Kitchen

This dish is another option for Thanksgiving. A few pearl onions is a great addition. See the full recipe here.

12. Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash
This can work as either a main dish or a side.Courtesy of Rachel the Riveter

Switching out the sausage for walnuts makes this meal fit for a vegetarian or vegan. See full recipe here.

13. Butternut Squash Congee

Butternut Squash Congee
Congee is more or less the same as rice porridge.Courtesy of Nutmeg Nanny

This recipe incorporates some butternut squash for a more autumnal spin. See the full recipe here.

14. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
A classic meal but with some pumpkin for added flavor.Courtesy of Life Made Sweeter

If you're not a big pumpkin fan, sweet potato or butternut squash make great substitutions. See the full recipe here.

15. Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
You can make this using fresh or frozen chicken.Courtesy of Predominately Paleo

This meal works whether or not you follow a paleo diet. See the full recipe here.

16. Chicken with Cranberry & Orange Sauce

Chicken with Cranberry & Orange Sauce
A perfect alternative to the Thanksgiving turkey.Courtesy of Fed & Fulfilled

This whole chicken recipe is perfect for the upcoming holidays or a regular weeknight. The combination of cranberry and orange gives an excellent balance of tart and sweet. See full recipe here.

17. Butternut Squash Pasta

Butternut Squash Pasta
Another great way to add butternut squash to your weekly meals.Courtesy of Light Indulgences

Take any pasta of your choosing, and combine it with this creamy butternut squash sauce. It's the perfect meal, and is ready in minutes. See the full recipe here.

18. Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Lentil Pumpkin Soup

A healthy soup perfect for fall and winter.Courtesy of Yummy Pot Recipes

Not only is this soup full of flavor, the lentils and pumpkin create a healthy lunch or dinner. See the full recipe here.

19. Pumpkin Alfredo with Apple Sage Meatballs

Pumpkin Alfredo with Apple Sage Meatballs
A healthy alternative to some of the heavier fall foods.Courtesy of Fed & Fulfilled

To make this dish even more autumn-inspired, serve the sauce and meatballs with spaghetti squash, instead of regular pasta. See full recipe here.

20. Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto
You can even saute the mushrooms in your Instant Pot.Courtesy of Good Dinner Mom

This makes a wonderful family meal when paired with a tossed salad. See the full recipe here.