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10 Instant Pot Appetizers for Easy Entertaining

There's just never enough time when we're prepping for a party. There is one secret weapon, however, that lets us grab back precious moments. The Instant Pot®. It's a key device for holiday entertaining -- or anytime entertaining. The multi-tasking Instant Pot lets you "set it and forget it," so you can focus on other aspects of party planning. Check out our top 10 appetizers for the Instant Pot. Your party appetizers are ready in a hot minute! 

​​​​Are you new to Instant Pot cooking? Check out our A Beginner's Guide to Instant Pot Cooking.

1. Instant Pot® Spinach Crab Dip

"Using an Instant Pot speeds up this easy, delicious dip!" says Superhotmama. "I may or may not have eaten the leftovers (which I squirreled away from my kiddos) for breakfast. This dip is also paleo and Whole30 friendly! For dipping, serve with cucumber, red and yellow peppers, plantain chips, or radishes. The final baking step is optional."

Instant Pot® Spinach Crab Dip

Photo by Superhotmama

2. Instant Pot® Chilorio

Chilorio is a boldly flavored simple stew of pork, ancho chiles, onion, orange juice, cilantro, and jalapeno. "The bold flavors of this simple stew come together quickly in an Instant Pot, and you can use it to make tacos, burritos, chimichangas, tostadas, quesadillas, sopes, or even tamales," says bd.weld. "This recipe can be easily doubled if you need more."

Instant Pot® Chilorio

Photo by bd.weld

3. Instant Pot® Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

"This Buffalo ranch chicken dip is a little more 'juicy' than a traditional dip with cheese, but the flavor is rich and layered," says Superhotmama. "If you like, finish in an oven-safe dish to thicken and get crispy edges."

Instant Pot® Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

Photo by Superhotmama

4. Easy Instant Pot® Cocktail Meatballs

"These make the perfect party appetizer, especially when you're low on time!" says France C. "A twist on the grape jelly cocktail meatballs that everybody loves, this recipe uses apricot preserves, but feel free to use grape, orange marmalade, or even cranberry sauce - they're all delicious! Try different flavors of barbecue sauce too!"

Easy Instant Pot® Cocktail Meatballs

Photo by France C.

5. Instant Pot® Queso Blanco

Cream, green chiles, and Oaxaca and Neufchatel cheeses combine in this quick and easy queso dip made in the Instant Pot. "My own rendition of a smooth queso blanco," says thedailygourmet. "Feel free to adjust heat to suit your preferences. Serve with chips or pour over nachos."

Instant Pot® Queso Blanco

Photo by thedailygourmet

6. Instant Pot® Spinach and Artichoke Dip

"A classic appetizer made in just minutes in the Instant Pot®," says Soup Loving Nicole. "This has all of the creamy and cheesy goodness you'd expect in a spinach dip without the hassle."

Instant Pot® Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

7. Instant Pot® Ribs

"Instant Pot® ribs are so tender they fall of the bone," says ktskas. "The best part is that you can cook them start to finish in just a little over an hour."

Instant Pot® Ribs

Photo by ktskas

8. Instant Pot® No-Stress Buffalo Chicken Dip

"Want to make Buffalo chicken dip and all you have is frozen chicken?" asks bd.weld. "No stress, just cook the frozen chicken breasts in an Instant Pot®, start to finish in 30 minutes. Instructions for thawed chicken are included."

Instant Pot® No-Stress Buffalo Chicken Dip

Photo by bd.weld

9. Instant Pot® Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The Instant Pot is perfect for pulled-pork sliders. "Try the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork sandwiches, made easily and without hassle in your Instant Pot," says Fioa.

Instant Pot® Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Photo by Fioa

10. Instant Pot® Sausage Queso

"Got a craving for queso but don't want to wait on a slow cooker?" asks Soup Loving Nicole. "Instant Pot® to the rescue! Feel free to use the ground meat of your choice (hamburger, turkey, or chicken) and don't forget the chips!"

Instant Pot® Sausage Queso

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

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