January Instant Pot Meal Plan (2019)

In this January 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find lots of great meals, side dishes, and desserts for the new year. There is even a wonderfully delicious recipe for black-eyed peas to bring you lots of luck for this new year.

Considering that it’s relentlessly cold outside, I’ve included plenty of warm and comforting soup and pasta recipes. All the recipes on this meal plan are easy, delicious, and are sure to warm you up when you’re feeling like an icicle. Here’s what you can expect:

january 2019 meal plan calendar

Instant Pot Soups

Considering how chilly the month of January can be in most places, I made sure and include some warm and comforting soups in my January Instant Pot Meal Plan. You’ll find lots of delicious Instant Pot Soups to choose from, including my Tomato Soup, and a Taco Soup perfect for Taco Tuesday! And if the winter blues have you down, try my Chicken Soup as a nutritious pick-me-up.

Tomato Soup

There is nothing like the warm refuge a bowl of soup can provide from the brutally cold weather of January. My Instant Pot Tomato Soup recipe is absolutely golden. This soup provides the warm and familiar comfort of traditional tomato soup with a hint of honey and basil. You’ll have a new favorite after trying this recipe.

instant pot tomato soup with basil

Taco Soup

Enjoy the bold flavors of Tex-Mex in a bowl of warm and hearty soup. I’ve loaded my Instant Pot Taco Soup to the brim with ground beef, three types of beans, fire roasted tomatoes, corn, and green chilis. Add your favorite taco toppings for the taste of a fully loaded taco served up warm in a bowl of soup.

an amazingly flavorful bowl of taco soup loaded with beans, ground beef, tomatoes, green chilis, and corn

Chicken Soup

This soup is like a power-up for the soul. The golden broth of my Instant Pot Chicken Soup is rich, flavorful, and full of nutrition. And I’ve loaded this soup recipe with hearty and heathy veggies. This is the perfect chicken soup to lift your spirits on those dreary winter days that have you feeling down.

a bowl of chicken vegetable soup with a side of crackers

Instant Pot Pasta

As always, I tried to add a nice variety of dishes to satisfy everyone’s tastes. If pasta is a family favorite in your home, which it is for many, then you’ll have plenty of Instant Pot Pasta options for this month. I highly recommend you don’t miss out on my Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, it is special!

Some other pasta dishes you can expect in this January 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan are my Cheeseburger Mac, and Meat Lasagna, both of which are phenomenal.

Butternut Mac and Cheese

The warm and soothing comfort of this Instant Pot Butternut Mac and Cheese is perfect for those days when you’re locked in the house because the weather outside is frightful. This pasta dish has a perfect balance of butternut squash and cheddar cheese that creates a creamy pasta with a flavor that’s out of this world.

overhead shot of butternut mac and cheese

Cheeseburger Mac

Craving a big, delicious burger? But too cold outside to make a burger run? Try my Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese. This pasta dish will satisfy your burger craving and fill you up. The special blend of ground beef, spices, and cheese create a pasta dish that has all the flavor of your favorite cheeseburger. Just add some bacon to take this pasta to the next level.

a plate of cheeseburger mac served with lettuce and tomato


This Instant Pot Meat Lasagna recipe is fantastic! I’ve loaded up this meaty lasagna with layers upon layers of deliciously melty cheesiness. This traditional pasta dish is a perfect meal to enjoy any day of the week with your family. Serve with a salad and some homemade garlic bread for a complete meal.

instant pot meat lasagna

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

There are also plenty of choices if you’re looking to start the year eating a little healthier. You’ll find several vegetarian options and lots of chicken and beef recipes that will leave your family raving! My Salpícon recipe, in particular, is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy beef. Whatever meals you make this month, you’ll be happy with the ease and deliciousness of all of them!


Looking for a healthy way to enjoy beef? My Instant Pot Salpícon recipe is a minced meat dish that is enjoyed in Honduras. This light and delicious minced meat has a fresh citrus flavor that is best appreciated layered over a bed of rice or on a corn tortilla.

close up of white rice on a plate of salpicon

Instant Pot Sides

Let’s not forget the sides! I’ve added plenty of easy Instant Pot Sides, perfect even for beginners. My Corn on the Cob and Mashed Potatoes are both quick, easy, and delicious ways to add some veggies to your plate. The pressure cooker really does make quick work of cooking delicious vegetable recipes.

Corn on the Cob

Biting into a warm and buttery cob of sweet corn is always so satisfying. My Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe is the quickest and simplest way to make the perfect corn for your meal. Corn is an ideal side dish for many main dishes.

instant pot corn on the cob

Mashed Potatoes

Serve up some warm comfort with a side of my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. This one-pot pressure cooker version of traditional mashed potatoes has the perfect creamy, buttery consistency every time. Serve with a variety of meats and stews.

instant pot mashed potatoes

Instant Pot Desserts

Leave room for dessert this month! I’ve included plenty of yummy, sweet choices like one of my favorites, Flan! This month’s meal plan offers plenty Instant Pot Dessert Recipes for you to enjoy. You’ll also find my must-try Turtle Lava Cakes and Arroz con Leche recipes on this January Meal Plan.


A slice of this incredible Instant Pot Flan is a perfect way to follow dinner. This flan is so thick and creamy that it’s more reminiscent of a cheesecake than a traditional flan that you’d get at a Mexican restaurant. This is how we make flan in Honduras and I know you’ll love it.

instant pot flan

Turtle Lava Cakes

Are you a chocoholic? Me too! Well, this is the dessert for you. My Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake is so rich and full of chocolaty goodness. This dessert defines indulgence! Your first spoonful will cause the hot molten chocolate interior to spill out onto the plate. That’s the best part of these lava cakes. These cakes are excellent served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Turtle lava cake served on plate

Arroz con Leche

My Instant Pot Arroz con Leche offers sweet warm comfort in a dessert bowl. Most restaurants typically serve this traditional Hispanic dessert cold, but I serve it warm. Trust me, it’s so much better warm. This is the perfect dessert for those days when the wind is blowing and the temps have bottomed out. There’s no sweeter way to warm up.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

Happy New Year and enjoy this month of delicious meals from my January Instant Pot Meal Plan.

Make sure you also check out my latest Instant Pot Meal Plan.

January 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Below the list of recipes, you will find a link to the downloadable calendar and links to all my monthly Instant Pot meal plans.

Main Dishes

  • overhead shot of a bowl of black eyed peas
    January 1
    Black Eyed Peas
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Serve up a bowl of good-luck and deliciousness with this traditional Southern dish.

  • a bowl of butternut mac and cheese
    January 2
    Butternut Mac and Cheese
    from One Happy Housewife

    Fall spices and a rich and creamy cheddar flavor are perfectly paired with sweet butternut squash in this comforting pasta dish. This is an amazing comfort dish.

  • overhead view of salpicon
    January 3
    from One Happy Housewife

    A light minced meat with a fresh citrusy taste. Perfect served on a corn tortilla or over a bed of rice.

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    January 4
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This wonderfully delicious and creamy tomato soup is infused with basil and lightly sweetened with honey.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    January 5
    Hawaiian Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy the delightful tastes of the islands with this sweet, savory and tangy chicken cooked with bell pepper, sweet onion, pineapple and macadamia nuts.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    January 6
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

    Made with only 4 ingredients, this fall apart delicious pulled pork is so tasty and versatile.

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    January 7
    Cheeseburger Mac
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from-scratch pasta casserole that’s sure to be a hit with the kids. This one is so delicious, it’s like having your favorite burger in a bowl. A great meal for busy weeknights.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    January 8
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    A very popular recipe that’s fast, easy, and so versatile. The perfect busy weeknight meal!

  • a bowl of instant pot pumpkin soup with cream and pumpkin seeds
    January 9
    Pumpkin Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This quick and easy soup is thick, creamy and perfectly seasoned with fall spices. The ideal meal for brisk autumn weather.

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    January 10
    Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
    from One Happy Housewife

    You’ve got a hungry family and not much time? This Instant Pot version of a traditional Italian dish is perfect for those busy nights when you need to get a tasty dinner on the table fast. This spaghetti and meat sauce is an easy one-pot meal that can be made in less than 15 minutes. Your family will love this one!

  • overhead shot of shrimp curry garnished with cilantro
    January 11
    Shrimp Curry
    from Ministry of Curry

    This mouth-watering, tender, sweet shrimp is bathed in the tropical flavor of coconut milk and lightly spiced.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    January 12
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This hearty, healthy, homemade chicken soup is so tasty and loaded with nourishing vegetables and spices.

  • chili in a small bowl topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and green onion
    January 13
    Chili with Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    A hearty, comforting bowl of homemade chili packed full of amazing flavor.

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries
    January 14
    Butternut Squash Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, this soup is the perfect comfort meal for cooler weather.

  • instant pot taco pasta
    January 15
    Taco Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Love Mexican food but tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole? Then try this easy and delicious pasta dish. It’s kid-approved and will be ready in no time. It’s the perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight.

  • vegetarian moroccan stew in a bowl garnished with cilantro
    January 16
    Vegetarian Moroccan Stew
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    The flavor of this stew is so deliciously rich and complex that you won’t miss the meat!

  • chicken tikka masala on a plate garnished with cilantro
    January 17
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This restaurant quality Tikka Masala will make you forget about take-out. Wonderfully tender chicken cooked in a creamy and flavorful chicken curry.

  • a large bowl of taco soup
    January 18
    Taco Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    A wonderful dump-and-go meal that’s loaded with taco flavor, requires very little prep, and uses easy to find ingredients.

  • a plate with a hawaiian sloppy joe sandwich
    January 19
    Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
    from One Happy Housewife

    Pineapple, red and yellow peppers, and sweet onion give the traditional Sloppy Joe a Hawaiian twist.

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    January 20
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

    Tender, tasty chicken, sweet veggies, and dumplings. This is the epitome of comfort food.

  • instant pot lasagna
    January 21
    Meaty Lasagna
    from One Happy Housewife

    Looking for a hearty dish that can feed an entire family? Try this rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna. It’s easy to prep and you’ll have it on the table in no time. Everyone will be asking for seconds.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    January 22
    from One Happy Housewife

    Authentic flavor, incredibly juicy pork, and crispy edges. Traditional pork carnitas made in a fraction of the time.

  • overhead shot of chicken tortilla soup in a bowl with a spoon
    January 23
    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    An easy dump and go meal for those busy days when you need to get dinner on the table fast.

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    January 24
    Beef & Macaroni Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling comfort dish for those busy weeknights. It’s fast and easy to make, full of flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy those hungry bellies. This one is sure to become a favorite in your home.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of thai red curry salmon
    January 25
    Thai Red Curry Salmon
    from Spice Cravings

    Simmered in a red curry paste and coconut milk, this deliciously tender and flaky salmon is ready in under 30 minutes!

  • a bowl of sesame chicken on top of rice garnished with scallions
    January 26
    Sesame Chicken
    from The Typical Mom

    This tender chicken covered in a deliciously sweet and sticky sauce is sure to be a family favorite.

  • January 27
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

    An unbelievably flavorful and juicy meat, covered in melted cheese and served on toasted, crispy, buttered bread.

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    January 28
    Beef & Bowtie Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour. This one is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for those hectic weeknights.

  • tacos made with cochinitas pibil
    January 29
    Cochinita Pibil
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a mix of sweet, acidic and earthy flavors this traditional Mexican food will provide a unique experience for your taste buds.

  • a large pot of madras lentils
    January 30
    Madras Lentils
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

    A bowl of this classic lentil recipe from Northern India is so warm and comforting.

  • a few tomato tacos on a counter
    January 31
    Tomato Tacos
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    These tacos are loaded with flavor and offer an easy and delicious way to add more veggies into your diet.

Side Dishes

  • a spoonful of loaded cauliflower casserole
    Loaded Mashed Cauliflower
    from One Happy Housewife

    You’ll never think of cauliflower the same way after trying this amazingly delicious casserole. Enjoy this creamy, cheesy cauliflower casserole with any meal.

  • a dinner plate served with green beans
    Green Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    The buttery garlic flavor make these tender green beans a favorite side dish.

  • corn on the cob with a piece of soft butter
    Corn on the Cob
    from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.

  • a plate with a serving of mashed potatoes and pot roast
    Mashed Potatoes
    from One Happy Housewife

    Cooked and seasoned to perfection, these mashed potatoes are so fast and easy to make.

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    Macaroni and Cheese
    from One Happy Housewife

    The absolute BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! A blend of four cheeses make it the creamiest and cheesiest. There is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of this favorite pasta dish.


  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
    Arroz con Leche
    from One Happy Housewife

    This traditional Hispanic dessert is so creamy, rich and delicious. Simple ingredients and so quick and easy to make.

  • a delicious coconut bundt cake served on a large plate
    Coconut Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Topped with a heavenly creamy coconut glaze, this moist and delicious cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • taking a slice of flan
    from One Happy Housewife

    One of my favorite desserts growing up! A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan. You’ll want to make this one all the time!

  • Turtle lava cake fresh out of the Instant Pot
    Turtle Lava Cakes
    from One Happy Housewife

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans. They are an indulgence like no other!

  • close up of apple slices on a plate with a small bowl of dulce de leche
    Dulce de Leche
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy this deliciously rich and sweet caramel spread that is a common treat in many Hispanic countries. And, thanks to the pressure cooker, there’s no need to wait for hours to turn condensed milk into this amazing treat! This stuff is so good, it’s addictive!

Download the January 2019 Meal Plan Calendar.

For more Instant Pot Meal Plan ideas for the month of January, check out my archive of January Instant Pot Meal Plans.

Past Instant Pot Meal Plans

Each month I publish a new, updated Instant Pot Meal Plan. So don’t miss out on seeing what wonderful dishes I’ve included in my latest one.


You can also access all of my previously published Instant Pot Meal Plans through the links below. I handpick the recipes that appear each month, so you will find that each month is unique with its own set of recipes geared specifically toward that month. Plus, on each meal plan page, you can download the printable calendar for that month.

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2023 Meal Plans

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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