10 Instant Pot Recipes To Try On Your Next Camping Trip

10 Instant Pot Recipes To Try On Your Next Camping Trip

Reposted from the KOA blog: 

Looking for an easy way to make some tasting camping recipes? Look no further than your Instant Pot. Likely your electric pressure cooker has been a lifesaver at home, but why not let it bring you the same peace and ease of mind when camping too?

You don’t need to spend hours prepping meals for camping, or spend hours cooking while you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself. Instead, turn to the below recipes that will make meals a piece of cake (but not literally).

Best Instant Pot Camping Recipes

Tips Before You Go

If you don’t have an electric pressure cooker yet, here is one of our favorites. This Instant Pot comes complete with a number of different features. First, you have the option of either a 3 quart, 6 quart, or 9 quart size depending upon how many people you plan to cook for. Second, this instant pot is more than meets the eye. It is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, slow cooker, and more in just one pot. And it comes complete with 14 different programs, which means you can cook a variety of foods — from beans to dessert — with just the touch of a button. Most importantly, this instant pot is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe for when you’re back home.

Now that you’ve got your Instant Pot in hand, there are some things to do before taking it camping with you.

  1. Make sure your campsite has electricity or that your RV outlets work
  2. Prep your ingredients before you go. This way you can just throw everything in.
  3. Chop your ingredients before you go. Then you don’t have to deal with less-than-ideal cutting surfaces.
  4. Store all your ingredients in a cooler or plastic bin. This makes it easy and organized when it comes time to cook.
  5. Clean the Instant Pot before you go.
  6. Bring cleaning supplies with you so you can use it multiple times while camping.

10 Instant Pot Camping Recipes

You are officially ready to put your instant pot to good use and try out some fabulous recipes that you’ll find yourself coming back to multiple times.

1. Hard-Boiled Eggs

From This Ole Mom

Let’s start with the basics. Hard boiled eggs are great on their own while camping, or an addition to a number of different dishes. Cooking them the right way can be tricky, but not when you have an instant pot.

What you need:

  • 8 to 12 uncooked eggs
  • 1cup water

What to do:

  1. Put inner pot into the Instant Pot
  2. Put metal rack or steamer basket into the pot
  3. Put 8-12 eggs in the pot with 1 cup of water
  4. Close, lock, and seal the lid
  5. Press manual button and set for 5 minutes
  6. When timer goes off, open and carefully remove eggs
  7. Put eggs in a bowl of ice water until cooled

2. Hot Wings

From Hodgepodge Hippie

Hot wings are always a winner — whether at home or camping. And they can be easy and more healthy when you’ve got the help of an instant pot.

What you need:

  • (1) 2-4 lb bag frozen chicken wings
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup buffalo wing sauce, divided
  • Water

What to do:

  1.  Sprinkle the frozen chicken wings with salt and pepper
  2. Pour water into pressure cooker liner and place the trivet inside. Put the chicken wings on top of the trivet
  3. Close the pressure cooker and set the value to sealing. Set the pressure cooker to manual or pressure cook on high for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the amount of wings.
  4. When cycle is complete, set the valve to quick release
  5. Preheat the oven broiler
  6. Remove chicken wings from the pressure cooker and toss with 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  7. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  8. Arrange sauced chicken wings in a single layer. Place under broiler and cook until the skin is crisp, turning once
  9. Remove chicken wings from the oven and toss with remaining 1/2 cup buffalo sauce

3. Cheeseburger Pasta

From Monday is Meatloaf

No one hates eating pasta. And kids love it even more when that pasta is mixed with their other favorite food: cheeseburgers. Bring a new twist to your pasta dishes with this instant pot recipe.

What you need:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 16 oz quick cook pasta
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • (2) 4-oz packages Velveeta cheese
  • 2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 T worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T ketchup
  • 1 T hot sauce
  • 4 T unsalted butter

What to do:

  1.  Turn on instant pot to saute function and add olive oil to pot
  2. Put in onions and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds then add beef
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, cooking until no longer pink
  5. Add beef broth, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, pasta, cream cheese, and hot sauce. Close and seal the lid. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes, then do a quick release (in short bursts)
  6. Add Velveeta cheese, Colby jack cheese, and butter, then stir until melted and combined

4. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

From Mooshu Jenne

On a summer day, few things taste better than a pulled pork sandwich. This is even more true when you’re enjoying a summer day camping. You don’t have to spend the day in a hot kitchen cooking them up when you’ve got an Instant Pot to help.

What you need:

  • 6 lb pork shoulder butt
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cup white onion, sliced into rounds
  • 8 sesame seed buns
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

What to do:

  1. Set instant pot to saute mode and sear the shoulder butt on all sides. Turn off saute mode
  2. Add in apple cider to just under the fill line
  3. Top with garlic, cumin, paprika, and salt
  4. Push onions all around pork shoulder butt into the juice
  5. Close instant pot and turn valve to seal. Set to high pressure for 2 hours. Once the instant pot stops counting, quick release pressure
  6. Shred off as much of the pork off the butt as you can into the juices
  7. Close the lid and turn valve to seal and set to high pressure for another hour
  8. Once the pot stops counting, quick release the pressure
  9. Serve on buns with barbecue sauce

5. Barbacoa Street Tacos

From Happy Mothering

Street tacos in an instant pot? Yes, you read that right. Make these tacos like they are authentic street tacos when in reality, you made them in your instant pot.

What you need:

  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch chopped cilantro
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 large onion sliced into thin rounds
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 16 tortillas
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

What to do:

  1. Add beef chuck roast, beef broth, onion slices, and garlic to instant pot
  2. Add half the chopped cilantro, chipotle peppers, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper
  3.  Set instant pot on manual mode in high pressure
  4. Increase the cook time to 1 hour
  5. When barbacoa is done cooking, allow pressure to release naturally until all pressure has dissipated
  6. Serve barbacoa on tortillas with lime slices, chopped cilantro, red onion, and other desired taco toppings

6. Garlic Herb Chicken Breast

From Easy Instant Recipes

This recipe makes for the perfect dinner that will let you have fun camping but still have a great meal at the end of the day. Instant pot to the rescue!

What you need:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup water

What to do:

  1. Mix dry ingredients together and rub over chicken
  2. Place steamer rack inside instant pot and place chicken on top of rack
  3. Cover, cooking on poultry setting or high pressure for 10 minutes
  4. Quick release pressure

7. Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chicken Chili

From Pressure Cooking Today

It seems impossible to take a camping trip without having chili at some point. And this isn’t just any chili, it is a tasty chili that also happens to be healthy! It’s easy to cook too, thanks to your instant pot.

What you need:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • (1) 15-oz can black beans, rinsed
  • (1) 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast, uncooked and diced
  • 1 T lime juice
  • Avocado, cilantro, sour cream, cheese optional

What to do:

  1. Select saute setting and add oil to the instant pot
  2. When oil is hot, add sweet potato and onion and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more
  4. Stir in chili powder, chipotle, cumin, and salt
  5. Add chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes, quinoa, and chicken and stir to combine
  6. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure setting and cook for 4 minutes
  7. When timer beeps, turn off instant pot, wait 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release
  8. Stir in lime juice and add salt as needed
  9. Let chili rest unplugged for several minutes, uncovered
  10. Garnish with optional toppings

8. Cheesy Cauliflower Potato Soup

From Homemade Food Junkie

Soups are always a great camping option that keep bellies warm and full, not to mention easy to make when you’ve got an instant pot to help you out.

What you need:

  • 1 lb potatoes, yellow or white, cored and peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into several large chunks
  • ½ lb bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ cup grated cheddar cheese

What to do:

  1. Set instant pot to saute setting
  2. Prep and add in bacon and garlic, cooking for about four minutes or until bacon is slightly browned
  3. Add in peeled potatoes, chopped cauliflower and chicken stock
  4. Place lid on a push vent to seal
  5. Press “manual” button and cook for 10 minutes on high pressure. Turn put off
  6. Natural release for 10 minutes then quick release until pressure is totally released
  7. Remove the instant pot lid and add in milk and 1 ¼ cup of cheese
  8. Mash potatoes and cauliflower with potato masher or immersion blender until desired consistency has been reached
  9. Serve with remaining cheese shreds as desired

9. Berry Cobbler

From Easy Instant Recipes

Life without dessert is just sad, so we had to throw in some dessert for you guys to try cooking in your instant pot. This berry cobbler will be a hit and will have people thinking you spent hours baking it. Little do they know . . .

What you need:

  • 4 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ? cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ – 1 cup water

What to do:

  1. In medium bowl, mix together oats, almond flour, maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, and salt
  2. Fill ramekins with mixed berries
  3. Spread oat mixture evenly on top of berries
  4. Add ½ – 1 cup water to instant pot. Place steaming rack inside the instant pot. The water should not touch the steaming rack itself
  5. Place the ramekins on the steaming rack
  6. Lock the lid on the instant pot and seal the vent
  7. Pressure cook on “high/manual” for 10 minutes
  8. Once the pressure cooker is done cooking the cobbler, allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure
  9. Remove lid and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the instant pot
  10. Serve with vanilla ice cream and/or chopped walnuts

10. Apple Crisp

From Instant Pot Cooking

If one dessert is good, two desserts is even better. You know what makes things even better? The fact that you can make this dessert in 15 minutes. Sounds perfect for camping, doesn’t it?

What you need:

  • 5 medium-sized apples, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 4 T butter, melted
  • ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt

What to do:

  1. Place apple pieces in bottom of instant pot
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg
  3. Pour the water and maple syrup on top
  4. In small bowl, mix together melted butter, oats, flour, brown sugar and salt
  5. Drop the mixture by the spoonful on top of the apples
  6. Attach the lid to the pot and using the manual setting, and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes
  7. Use a natural release
  8. Let sit for 2-3 minutes to allow sauce to thicken
  9. Serve warm with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream

Sold on an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker yet? Just wait until you try it (if you haven’t already). This is an absolute game changer when it comes to cooking, especially when camping. By packing in this one thing, you can cook almost anything imaginable. So put it to the test next time you go out adventuring in the wild, and take your instant pot with you.

If you’re looking for more recipes to try and make in your instant pot, head over to KOA’s recipe page for some great inspiration.

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