12 Simple Vegan Instant Pot Recipes for Dinner (High Protein)

By Alexandra Caspero on September 21, 2022
These vegan Instant Pot recipes are the perfect options for dinner! You're going to love these recipes.

In the mood for some vegan Instant Pot dump recipes that are simple to make and high in protein? Treat yourself or the family to these satisfying vegan dinner recipes that are so easy with a variety of options depending on your mood. 

Almost weekly, I pull out the Instant Pot to make magic happen in the kitchen. It’s the easiest way for me to prepare dinner in a short amount of time without messing up a bunch of dishes or getting the kitchen all hot–although I do love using my oven and stovetop, sometimes I am just in the mood to dump a bunch of ingredients into the pressure cooker and let it do its thing. 

You will not be able to believe all of the different types of foods you can prepare in the Instant Pot. Recipes like bread, tacos, chili, and much more are able to be made in the legendary and trendy kitchen gadget. If you’re in need of some extra inspiration in the kitchen, then keep reading to discover the list of my most cherished plant-based recipes for the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot vegan recipes have become increasingly popular as they provide plant-based alternatives for individuals looking for healthy and delicious meal options. Whether it’s cooking lentil soup, vegetable curry, or even vegan chili, the Instant Pot proves to be an invaluable asset in the vegan kitchen. The ease of use and quick cooking time make it a convenient choice for busy individuals who still want to enjoy flavorful and wholesome dishes.

Kid-friendly and husband-approved, these recipes are frequently in rotation in our home. 

Healthy and Easy Vegan Instant Pot Recipes with High Protein

1. Instant Pot Chili

In the mood for a bowl of warm and savory lentil chili? Loaded with fiber, plant-based protein, and aromatic spices, this vegan chili is the ultimate comfort item when you need to satisfy your cravings for a well-rounded, hearty meal. Serve this chili with your favorite dairy-free sour cream, vegan cheeses, and fresh herbs. 

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chili

2. Easy Vegan Instant Pot Baked Beans

instant pot pressure cooked with baked beans

These Instant Pot baked beans are healthy and full of plant-based fiber and protein! Made with sweet molasses, garlic, chili powder, and some more secret ingredients, these tender baked beans are sweet, savory, and filled with the classic flavors you know and love. The family will love this simple side dish!

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Beans

3. No Soak Instant Pot Hummus with Dried Chickpeas

bowl of homemade hummus with olive oil drizzle made in the instant pot

In the mood for your favorite hummus from your favorite Mediterranean restaurant? Make your own creamy hummus at home with your Instant Pot. Did you know you could make hummus in the Instant Pot? Mind blown! Flavors of cumin, lemon juice, garlic, and tahini are some of the basic ingredients you need for this easy side dish or appetizer. Serve this hummus with your favorite veggies or pita bread. 

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Hummus

4. Yellow Split Pea Dal Made in the Instant Pot 

Served dal on white rice with cilantro garnish

Creamy and spicy, this warm and soothing Instant-style meal is ready in less than 30 minutes and is great for whenever you want your favorite Indian food. Flavors of ginger, dried chilis, garam masala, and lemon are combined to create an aromatic pressure cooker meal that is delightful and heightened with bright elements. 

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Dal

5. Easy One-Pot Vegan Burrito Bowl in the Instant Pot

Close up of the Vegan Burrito Bowls

Like rice, corn, and black beans that have been cooked with paprika, cumin, and chili powder? These smoky and savory flavors create your favorite burrito in a bowl with veggies and beans that are easy to prepare and dump in the Instant Pot. Serve this burrito bowl with your favorite gluten-free tortillas or lettuce wraps for different ways to enjoy this rice bowl. 

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Burrito Bowl

6. Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe

lentil soup in white bowls

Silky smooth and filling soup made with celery, thyme, and red pepper flakes is a meal that is perfect for any night of the sweet. This soup recipe is fitting for whenever you need dinner ready in under an hour. Whenever you’re craving high protein, fiber, iron, and fresh veggies, this is the soup to make because it is filled with robust carrots, leafy spinach, and tender lentils. 

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Soup

7. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Raspberry

close up bowl of instant pot oats with raspberries

Ever want to make special and nutritious oats, but don’t want to spend all of the time cooking them over the stovetop? When I learned how to make oats in the Instant Pot, my life changed forever. All you have to do is set and – by the time you finished getting yourself and the kids ready in the mornings, you will have fragrant and sweet oatmeal ready to go for the whole family. Feel free to change things up with different fruits and superfoods!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

8. Instant Pot Jackfruit Tacos with BBQ Sauce

BBQ jackfruit tacos on white plate

Tender and sticky shredded jackfruit is cooked to perfection with tomato paste, barbecue sauce, seasoning, and lemon juice to create bright and flavorful tacos that are perfect for game nights, celebrations, cookouts, birthdays, and much more. Every Taco Tuesday, we decide between this recipe and one another. 

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Jackfruit Tacos

9. Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

one bowl of Mexican quinoa with cheese and corn

In the mood for enchiladas that are made with corn, enchilada sauce, black beans, and fresh zucchini? This fluffy quinoa tastes just like your favorite enchilada casserole but in quinoa form instead! Made in under 30 minutes, this easy weeknight dinner is a great vegan option for whenever you want to switch things up and get inspiration from different ideas. Serve with your favorite vegan cheddar cheese for extra levels of flavor! 

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Quinoa Enchiladas

10. Instant Pot Lentil Walnut Tacos 

Instant pot lentil walnut tacos on plate

I don’t know about you, but I love good walnut and lentil-based taco meat that is seasoned just right. These lentil walnut tacos are one of my favorite plant-based instant pot recipes. Aromatic flavors of chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, and nutty and soft flavors of lentils and ground walnuts create the perfect texture for your favorite taco filling. These tacos are effortless and another great option for Taco Tuesday. Serve with your favorite dairy-free toppings such as sour cream, cheese, cilantro, lime, onions, and much more. 

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Walnut Tacos

11. Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

instant pot oatmeal recipe

Vegan pressure cooker recipes are becoming increasingly popular among health-conscious individuals, and that includes breakfast. Made with light and creamy coconut milk that is garnished with spicy cinnamon, rich vanilla, and warm nutmeg, these Instant Pot oats are a great option for whenever you’re in need of a quick and filling breakfast. I love oats because they satisfy my hunger for quite some time, plus, they’re family-friendly! There are so many options for toppings such as nuts, sweeteners, coconut flakes, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and much more. Modify this apple with your choice of fresh or frozen fruits!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

12. Easy Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Tacos Recipe

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Tacos

Like my classic lentil tacos? Chances are if you love my other taco recipes, then you really like these vegan tacos! Made with seasoned brown or green lentils, salsa, and various spices. This is an amazing comfort food recipe, especially when you top these tacos with your favorite dairy-free toppings.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Tacos

Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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