When you hit the road in your RV, there can be a lot of prep work: finding campgrounds, packing enough but not too much, the maintenance checklist – the list goes on. One of the trickiest parts of getting ready for an RV trip can be meal planning. Deciding ahead of time for what to cook and what groceries you’ll need can be overwhelming. The last thing you want to do is plan complicated meals with lots of steps and ingredients to take away from your time exploring! The solution? An Instant Pot. RV travelers everywhere swear by these handy counter top pressure cookers that can whip up meals in no time at all and take up very little space in a rig where space comes at a premium. Instant pot RV recipes are a great way to make dinner time in the RV easier than ever.
Our favorite RV meal trick is to make one pot meals in your Instant Pot so you minimize dirty dishes, ingredients and counter space needed and maximize your time spent adventuring. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite easy instant pot RV recipes you can make on your next road trip for simple and delicious dinners. Most of these recipes make a full meal in one pot so you don’t have to fiddle with the extra steps of making a main dish and sides. Toss everything into the Instant Pot, set it and forget it until dinner time! Enjoy these tasty recipes and the extra time they will save you.
This creamy and savory meal includes your protein, starches and veggies all in one. It’s a healthy take on chicken & rice made with brown rice and fresh veggies that will only take 20 minutes to cook. Simply brown your chicken on the device’s saute setting, add the rest of your ingredients, and let the Instant Pot do the rest. It’s an Instant Pot RV recipe that’s sure to please the whole family!
Because who doesn’t love burritos?! A traditional taco or burrito night in the RV can get messy and take up lots of space with all the a la carte toppings. This take on it combines everything into one pot and is just as tasty as ever. As with many Instant Pot recipes, the process is simple: brown your chicken on the saute setting, add the rest of your ingredients, and cook. Finish it off with adding cheese on top while it’s still hot so you get that melty goodness, and add fresh guacamole, chives or tomatoes to really take it up a notch.
Any list of pressure cooker recipes needs chili, and we love this one that was developed specifically as an Instant Pot RV recipe by the travelers at Trekkn! For this one, you’ll saute your ground beef along with some of the veggies in the Instant Pot before adding your liquid and cooking. Not only does it make the perfect bowl of chili for chilly nights in the RV, but the recipe also includes a delicious chipotle crema to serve on top of the chili. It’s easy to make and balances out the warmth and spice of the chili perfectly.
For a twist on a chili dinner, try this chile verde. Crafted by recipe developers who also happen to be avid RVers, you know this is an Instant Pot RV recipe that will work in your small RV kitchen. Kacey and Sarah at The Camper Kitchen took an authentic green chili recipe and adapted it to work in one pot so you can let it cook while you enjoy your time RVing with very little cleanup or effort. You don’t even need to brown the pork before cooking – just toss all the ingredients in and cook!
Mary at Cooking in a One Butt Kitchen is a pro at crafting delectable meals that work with little to no counter space, as her blog name implies! Cooking risotto can be a time and space consuming process, but she made it simple with this Instant Pot RV recipe. You’ll have to saute a few of the ingredients before pressure cooking the rice in chicken broth, but it’s well worth it for that fluffy, creamy, classic risotto taste you’ll get by the end.
Hamburger stroganoff is a classic family meal night meal, and we love this version that easily works as an Instant Pot RV recipe. Simply brown the ground beef on the saute setting, then add your broth, seasoning and noodles and pressure cook. Stir in the sour cream at the end for that irresistible stroganoff texture. Julie’s recipe does a great job of answering plenty of questions about substitutions and recipe adjustments, so you can shift this one to work with what you have on hand in your RV.
It’s easy to get into meal ruts when you’re cooking in an RV: macaroni and cheese, hot dogs over the campfire, chili, etc. Add another dimension to your RV cooking profile with this Chinese chicken and broccoli recipe designed to be cooked in your Instant Pot. The best part? It only takes 20 minutes start-to-finish! The ingredient list is short, but it’s still full on flavor. It’s best served over rice cooked on the stovetop or in a steam-ready bag in the microwave, depending on which appliance your RV has.
Why you need an Instant Pot in your RV
There are plenty of ways to cook meals when you are camping in your RV: campfires, dutch ovens, RV ovens, stovetops, microwaves, slow cookers, and more. The key is finding the right tool that works for you and your family. Investing in an Instant Pot can level up your RV cooking game by speeding up the process and dirtying up far fewer dishes. While we love the recipes we’ve listed here in this blog, there are thousands of recipes on the Internet that can be adapted into Instant Pot RV recipes.
The Instant Pot is an RVing tool that will return dividends on your investment with the number of meals you’ll be able to create. It’s a 9-in-1 appliance and can do everything from pressure cooking to slow cooking and even rice cooking. In your RV, where space is limited, it’s one of the best ways to create delicious meals with very little effort. With one of these appliances, you’ll be able to spend less time in your tiny RV kitchen and more time in the Great Outdoors. Bon appetit!
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