The Instant Pot has truly been a game-changer for me in the kitchen because it’s such a versatile piece of equipment. On busy days, it allows me to still make a great meal for my family, without taking up too much time and making clean up in the kitchen a simple task while everything’s cooking. Today I’ve compiled a whole selection of ground turkey recipes for you. From tacos and casseroles to pasta dishes, there are enough dishes here to keep your family’s stomachs satisfied for the whole month!
20 Ground Turkey Instant Pot Recipe Ideas
1. Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
If you are looking for one of the quickest ways to prepare a hearty spaghetti dish that the whole family will enjoy, use your Instant Pot. This recipe from Skinny Taste takes just fifteen minutes from start to finish, as the meat sauce and the pasta cook together at the same time in just one pot! The dish is made from scratch, so it is healthier than store-bought meat sauces.
2. Instant Pot Turkey-Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers have become one of my favorite go-to dinners for busy nights, and they use plenty of fresh ingredients to create a light and healthy dinner. Cooking Light shows us how to make these delicious stuffed peppers filled with ground turkey, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and brown rice, which come in at under 400 calories per serving. They take just fifteen minutes to cook, and then you simply top them with mozzarella to serve.
3. Instant Pot Burrito Bowls
These quick and healthy burrito bowls are perfect for kids and teens, and they are a lighter, healthier version of regular burrito bowls. Packed with protein, this dish from Diethood takes only thirty minutes from start to finish to prepare and uses ground turkey, chicken broth, corn, beans, salsa, and rice. After cooking the ingredients, you’ll top the bowl with shredded cheese, lettuce, avocado, and tomatoes to serve.
4. Instant Pot Turkey Vegetable Lasagna Soup
In just twenty minutes, you can create this comforting soup from Meaningful Eats, that contains all of the delicious flavors that lasagna offers. You’ll mix together ground turkey, carrot, diced tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce, to make a rich and flavorful dish. Topped off with mozzarella cheese, it gives you the full experience of enjoying lasagna but in a warming soup dish perfect for the winter season.
5. Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf
Simply Happy Foodie shares a great recipe for turkey meatloaf that is easy to follow and stays juicy and flavorful once cooked. You can even cook some potatoes with the dish in the Instant Pot, so you have a full meal ready to serve. Thanks to the seasonings and spices in the recipe, this dish is anything but boring, and your whole family will enjoy this comforting dish this fall and winter.
6. Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta
This dish is an exciting meal that will please the whole family, and it cooks in no time thanks to the Instant Pot. With taco seasoning, fired roasted tomatoes, ground turkey, and pasta, this is a fun combination of a taco night and a hearty pasta meal. A Cedar Spoon shows us how to make this dish that’s perfect for kids and teens.
7. Instant Pot Turkey Chili
This recipe from Kitchn creates a hearty chili that combines ground turkey with plenty of vegetables and spices. You can choose the heat level of chili that you enjoy, as the spice comes from the chili powder. This means the dish can be fully customized for whoever you are serving it to that evening. Top the turkey chili with your choice of grated cheese and sour cream and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
8. Taco Casserole Bake
Ideal for Taco Tuesday, this dish is great for kids, teens, and adults alike. Life Family Fun shows you how to make this quick and easy dish, that really just involves layering and baking! It’s a super versatile recipe, as you can remove ingredients that you don’t like, such as refried beans or jalapenos. For an extra kick, top each serving with a dash of additional hot sauce.
9. Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage
If you are bored of stuffed peppers, switch things up by creating these stuffed cabbages from Girl and the Kitchen. By using your Instant Pot, you can take away any stress about cooking these, as they will turn out perfectly every time. With tender rice and a savory sauce, they are a simple and healthy meal to enjoy any night of the week.
10. Instant Pot Spaghetti
I can’t get enough of cooking spaghetti in my Instant Pot, and this recipe from Family Food on the Table means I can cook pasta without having to keep an eye on the pan the whole time. This Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe creates a rich, meaty sauce, and the noodles cook to be perfectly tender.
11. 5 Ingredient Instant Pot Ground Turkey Red Lentil Penne
Another fantastic pasta dish to cook in the Instant Pot is this recipe from Tipps in the Kitch that uses only five ingredients. Great for the whole family, it will be ready from start to finish in just thirty minutes. Red lentil pasta is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein than other options, but you can easily substitute this ingredient with regular pasta.
12. Instant Pot Baked Ziti
If you love cheesy pasta, then this is the perfect comfort food dish for you. You can enjoy a hearty, filling meal on even the busiest of weeknights, as this entire dish is cooked in the Instant Pot. You won’t believe how easy this recipe from Life Made Sweeter is to follow, and you can customize the recipe to use the meat or ingredients you have in your fridge at home.
13. Instant Pot Tacos
Another classic Mexican dish that can be prepared quickly for Taco Tuesday with the help of the Instant Pot. Life Family Fun shows us how to create the perfect taco meat. Combining ground turkey or beef and a variety of spices and seasonings, you’ll be left with a tender, flavorful topping for your tacos.
14. Paleo Pumpkin Turkey Chili Mole
Real Food with Dana shares this unique recipe for an exciting but incredibly easy to prepare dinner. Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce that’s made with a variety of ingredients and is especially tasty. This recipe uses some of the best flavors of fall for a dish that’s bound to impress your family and friends.
15. Instant Pot Turkey Chili – Keto and Low Carb
If you are following a Keto or low carb diet, this is a great turkey chili recipe for you. It’s a low-calorie dish that you can serve with a side of your choice. Savory Tooth uses ground turkey and ground beef as this recipe’s base. Just add black soybeans and fire-roasted tomatoes to the dish, to make a chili that is the perfect consistency when cooked.
16. Instant Pot Turkey and Stuffing
If you are trying to simplify your life during Thanksgiving this year, this is the ideal recipe for you. Life Family Fun will help to speed up your time in the kitchen this holiday season, so you can enjoy spending time with the people closest to you. Thanks to this recipe, your two main dishes will be perfectly cooked and ready to serve at exactly the same time.
17. Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash
Half Baked Harvest shares a recipe that is a unique take on spaghetti and meatballs. With under 350 calories per serving, and ready in just forty minutes, this is a much healthier option for a weekday night. Your plate will be heaped to the brim with delicious, healthy spaghetti squash, and the turkey meatballs are perfectly tender thanks to the Instant Pot.
18. Italian Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe from Hungry Hobby takes just thirty minutes to cook in the Instant Pot and combines sweet potatoes with ground turkey to create a healthy yet filling lunch or dinner. For some added greens, include the optional spinach in the recipe. It calls for very few ingredients, so it is easy to throw together whenever you are in a rush and stuck for ideas for dinner.
19. Turkey Pumpkin Chili
For a seasonal twist on chili, try this turkey pumpkin chili from Thai Caliente. This protein-rich dish incorporates ground turkey, garbanzo beans, and pumpkin puree for a rich and creamy meal. You can customize the dish by adding toppings and sides such as Greek yogurt, chives, shredded cheese, cilantro, chips, or cornbread.
20. Instant Pot Ground Turkey Quinoa Bowls
Quinoa bowls are a healthy, quick meal to prepare for lunch or dinner, and this recipe from iFoodreal takes only thirty minutes in the Instant Pot to create. It cooks quinoa, meat, and vegetables all together in one go, and they are flavored with a delicious Asian sauce. The choices for vegetables you can use in this dish are endless, and you can rotate them with the seasonal produce you have at home, to keep this dish fresh and varied.
The Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen tools, and I’m sure from the wide variety of recipes above you can see why! Ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef, and I have really enjoyed incorporating it into more recipes recently for a healthier, lighter meal. As with anything, most of these recipes above can be adjusted to fit you and your family’s needs, so have fun and get creative in the kitchen with your Instant Pot today!