May Instant Pot Meal Plan (2023)

These are some interesting times we’re living in, aren’t they? But isn’t it reassuring to know that we can always find comfort in the dependability of our trusty Instant Pot? This magical appliance continues to be our secret weapon in the kitchen, promising quick, easy, and effortless meals regardless of how busy our day may be.

This month’s Instant Pot Meal Plan has been designed to take full advantage of these benefits, transforming your available ingredients into sumptuous meals with minimal fuss. Through the Instant Pot, we unlock a treasure trove of flavor, making mealtime the highlight of the day.

So, here’s to making delicious, home-cooked meals more accessible and enjoyable. Welcome to the May 2023 Instant Pot Meal Plan – let’s embrace the joy of effortless cooking!

instant pot meal plan calendar for may 2023

Simple and Savory Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

This May Meal Plan promises a delightful journey through the comforting world of pasta dishes, all thanks to the magic of the Instant Pot. Each recipe is designed to deliver maximum flavor with minimum effort, perfect for your bustling schedule.

My Cream Cheese Pasta with Sausage is a definite crowd-pleaser. It combines the creamy decadence of cream cheese with the robust flavors of sausage, resulting in a spectacular dish. It’s simple to prepare and an absolute must-try.

Also featured in this month’s plan is a classic Tuna Casserole, a one-pot wonder that combines pasta, tuna, and a creamy sauce into a comforting meal that’s sure to please everyone at the dinner table.

And let’s not forget the Chicken Tetrazzini, a delightful mix of pasta, chicken, and a creamy, cheesy sauce. This dish will have everyone coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds!

Join me on this PASTArrific culinary adventure with the May 2023 Instant Pot Meal Plan. Let’s start cooking up a pasta storm!


This Instant Pot Cream Cheese Pasta with Sausage is a super easy dump-and-start meal and will surely be a weeknight favorite. It’s creamy, flavorful, filling, and crazy easy to make. It has all the makings of the perfect weeknight family meal.

a bowl of cream cheese pasta with sausage

Tuna Casserole

Embrace the heartwarming nostalgia of a classic dish with this Instant Pot Tuna Casserole. Combining pasta, creamy sauce, and flavorful tuna, this recipe is the epitome of comfort food. As an easy dump-and-go meal, it takes the hassle out of mealtime without sacrificing any of the flavors. This dish is filling, satisfying, and perfect for those nights when you need a delicious meal without a lot of fuss. Whether for a family dinner or a casual get-together, this Tuna Casserole is sure to impress.

a white bowl of homemade tuna casserole

Chicken Tetrazzini

Indulge in a burst of creamy goodness with this Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini. Loaded with tender chicken and hearty pasta and bathed in a decadently creamy sauce, it’s a dish that will leave everyone asking for more. Despite its gourmet taste, this recipe is as easy as they come, perfect for a stress-free weeknight dinner or a fancy weekend feast. Rich, filling, and satisfying, this Chicken Tetrazzini is a meal in itself and stands as a star attraction on any dining table.

easy chicken tetrazzini recipe

Effortless Instant Pot One-Pot Meals

As we dive into this May Meal Plan, one of the key highlights is the simplicity and convenience of one-pot meals. There’s nothing quite like tossing all your ingredients into the Instant Pot and watching them transform into a complete and hearty meal.

Standout dishes include my Cajun Dirty Rice, Salsa Chicken, and Hawaiian Sloppy Joes, which are not only teeming with bold flavors but also surprisingly easy to prepare. The Cajun Dirty Rice is a tantalizing mix of rice, meat, and spices, while the Salsa Chicken combines the tangy punch of salsa with tender chicken for a satisfying meal.

If you’re craving something sweet and tangy, the Hawaiian Sloppy Joes, with their unique blend of sweet peppers and pineapple, are a guaranteed hit. These one-pot wonders are your best allies during busy weeknights or when you’re managing end-of-school-year chaos.

So, brace yourself for a culinary journey of comfort and convenience with these One-Pot Instant Pot meals in the May 2023 Meal Plan. Let’s get cooking!


Chock full of the flavors of New Orleans, this Instant Pot Dirty Rice is a delicious Cajun dish that the entire family will love. This easy recipe is made with rice, a mixture of ground sausage and ground beef, chopped veggies, and Cajun spices. This recipe is quick, simple, and extremely flavorful.

a close up of a white serving dish with dirty rice topped with green onions


The Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is a dump-and-start meal that cooks quickly and is perfect for making tacos, wraps, sandwiches, or even salads. All you have to do is add some chicken breasts, a jar of salsa, and a few spices to the pot and cook for 10 minutes. It couldn’t be any simpler. I love this recipe for busy nights.

serving salsa chicken on a tortilla


These Instant Pot Hawaiian Sloppy Joes are a kid favorite. Since the ground beef is made with mild sweet peppers and pineapple, it has a distinctly Hawaiian sweetness to it. Scoop some of the ground beef on some sweet Hawaiian hamburger buns and watch those hungry kiddos devour them.

putting sloppy joe meat on top of a bun

Delightful Instant Pot Side Dishes

Introducing a line-up of delectable side dishes in this May Meal Plan that will perfectly complement any main course you’re whipping up in your Instant Pot. We’re showcasing a trio of standout sides: Loaded Mashed Cauliflower, Spanish Rice, and Brown Rice. Each dish brings unique flavors and textures to the table, making every meal a little more special.

The side dishes in the May 2023 Instant Pot Meal Plan are set to make your meals even more memorable. Ready to jazz up your sides? Let’s get cooking!


Say hello to the ultimate low-carb indulgence – Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower. This dish packs all the comfort and flavor of traditional loaded mashed potatoes but with a lighter, healthier twist. Seasoned beautifully and blended with cheese, chives, and a hint of garlic, it’s so creamy and flavorful that you’ll forget it’s cauliflower. It’s an excellent side for those nights when you’re craving something comforting yet healthy.

a casserole of loaded mashed cauliflower


Add a pop of color and flavor to your meal with Instant Pot Spanish Rice. This dish marries long-grain rice with a medley of vegetables and a blend of Spanish spices to deliver a side that is as vibrant in flavor as it is in appearance. Quick and easy to make, it’s the perfect accompaniment to any main dish and a surefire way to transport your tastebuds to the sunny climes of Spain.

overhead shot of a plate of spanish rice garnished with cilantro


A side dish staple gets an Instant Pot upgrade with this Brown Rice recipe. Enjoy perfectly cooked grains every time, thanks to the precision of the Instant Pot. This dish serves as a wholesome, fiber-rich backdrop to a variety of main courses. Whether it’s soaking up a sauce or accompanying a protein, this Brown Rice is sure to enhance any meal with its nutty flavor and chewy texture.

instant pot brown rice served on a plate with beef and a salad

Sweet Endings with Instant Pot Desserts

No meal is truly complete without a touch of sweetness, and my May 2023 Instant Pot Meal Plan has got you covered. I’m featuring a trio of divine desserts: Flan, Dulce de Leche, and Arroz con Leche. Each of these treats is a testament to the versatility of the Instant Pot, transforming simple ingredients into delightful desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

So, get ready to end your meals on a sweet note with these delightful Instant Pot desserts in my May 2023 Meal Plan. Let’s bring some sweetness into our lives!


My Instant Pot Flan is a classic dessert that will transport you to the streets of Central America. This creamy, caramel-laden delicacy is easy to make in your Instant Pot, achieving that perfect custard texture every time. With a gorgeous amber caramel sauce that’s just the right blend of sweet and slightly bitter, this flan is the kind of dessert that ends your meal on a high note.

taking a slice of caramel custard flan


Indulge your senses with Instant Pot Dulce de Leche, a thick, rich caramel sauce that’s a staple in many Latin American desserts. Whether you’re spooning it over ice cream, spreading it on toast, or simply enjoying it straight from the spoon, this decadent treat is sure to impress. Using the Instant Pot makes the process of creating this luxurious sweet treat effortless and foolproof, guaranteeing the perfect Dulce de Leche every time.

dipping an apple slice in dulce de leche


Experience the comforting sweetness of Arroz con Leche made easy in the Instant Pot. This creamy rice pudding, simmered with milk, sugar, and a hint of cinnamon, is a beloved dessert across cultures for a reason. The Instant Pot ensures the rice is perfectly cooked and the flavors meld together beautifully. This warm, comforting dessert is perfect for those chilly nights or simply when you want to treat yourself to something special.

a delicious mexican rice pudding in a bowl topped with cinnamon powder

Enjoy this last month of school!

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

May 2023 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 tuscan chicken pasta served on a plate
    May 1
    Tuscan Chicken Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Creamy, delicious, and very easy to make, this pasta dish is sure to be a hit with your family!

  • overhead view of salpicon
    May 2
    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 spoonful of vanilla jalapeño corn chowder
    May 3
    Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder
    from One Happy Housewife

    The gentle sweet heat of a warm bowl of this amazing soup is so comforting.

  • chili in a bowl topped with shredded cheese and green onions
    May 4
    from One Happy Housewife

    The rich, smokey flavor of this Chili makes it the perfect comfort meal.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    May 5
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    May 6
    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!

  • a low carb pizza casserole in a bowl
    May 7
    Low Carb Pizza Casserole
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Maintain a low-carb diet while enjoying that wonderfully delicious pizza flavor.

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

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

  • a white bowl with instant pot cheesy sausage rigatoni topped with parmesan cheese
    May 9
    Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni
    from One Happy Housewife

    Rigatoni pasta and savory ground sausage are covered in a cheesy marinara sauce. This is a quick, easy, and filling pasta dish that the entire family will love.

  • a plate with a hawaiian sloppy joe sandwich
    May 10
    Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a close up of a plate with sliced instant pot turkey roast, mashed potatoes, and gravy
    May 11
    Turkey Roast
    from One Happy Housewife

    This tender, juicy turkey roast covered in a homemade turkey gravy is perfect for a no-fuss fall or holiday dinner.

  • a hearty bowl of white turkey chili
    May 12
    White Turkey Chili
    from One Happy Housewife

    If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for that leftover turkey, then this hearty and delicious chili is perfect!

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    May 13
    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 chickpea biryani in a bowl garnished with cilantro
    May 14
    Chickpea Biryani
    from Ministry of Curry

    Plump chickpeas cooked in caramelized onions and spices over fragrant basmati rice make for a wonderful vegetarian Biryani.

  • a plate of mongolian beef served over rice
    May 15
    Mongolian Beef
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Forget ordering takeout, make this instead. A wonderfully tender beef in a thick and flavorful sauce.

  • cajun shrimp and sausage alfredo
    May 16
    Cajun Shrimp Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    Yes – you can enjoy Cajun Shrimp Alfredo at home! This creamy, rich pasta is loaded with andouille sausage, plump tender shrimp, and Cajun flavor. This popular recipe is easy to make and a must-try!

  • May 17
    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 homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
    May 18
    Chicken Enchilada Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    Everything you love about chicken enchiladas in a warm comforting bowl of soup.

  • side view of couscous with ground beef on a plate
    May 19
    Couscous with Ground Beef
    from One Happy Housewife

    Made with Israeli couscous, seasoned ground sirloin, and sweet peppers, this quick and easy pasta dish is full of flavor and certain to become a family favorite. Perfect for busy weeknights!

  • a creamy bowl of chicken broccoli alfredo pasta
    May 20
    Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    A incredibly delicious pasta dish that features a homemade Alfredo sauce that’s unforgettably rich, creamy, and flavorful.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of mango chicken thai curry garnished with some basil
    May 21
    Mango Chicken Thai Curry
    from Spice Cravings

    A sweet and spicy Thai red curry with pieces of chicken, mango and veggies.

  • a large serving of cheesy ground beef and rice on a plate
    May 22
    Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and hearty family-friendly meal that’s oh so cheesy and delicious.

  • instant pot lasagna
    May 23
    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.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    May 24
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of spinach chickpea curry served with white rice
    May 25
    Chickpea Curry with Spinach
    from Piping Pot Curry

    An easy one-pot curry made with chickpeas and spinach in a sauce of onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and aromatic spices.

  • a bowl of african peanut stew
    May 26
    African Peanut Stew
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This rich and hearty soup loaded with tender chicken and sweet potatoes delivers the perfect balance of sweet and savor flavors.

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    May 27
    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.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    May 28
    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.

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    May 29
    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.

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    May 30
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    May 31
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

Side Dishes

  • a large bowl of street corn pasta garnished with cilantro
    Street Corn Pasta
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Pasta with a Mexican flare – this street corn pasta is so fresh and flavorful.

  • overhead shot of lemon butter broccoli in a large bowl
    Lemon Butter Broccoli
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly delicious and healthy side dish that can be served fast using the help of the Instant Pot.

  • a dinner plate served with parmesan risotto
    Parmesan Risotto
    from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

  • a large serving of cilantro lime rice in in a bowl
    Cilantro Lime Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Perfectly cooked rice with a fresh lime and cilantro flavor. Enjoy in a burrito bowl or as a side dish to chicken, beef, or fish.

  • overhead shot of salsa rice being scooped
    Salsa Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and delicious side dish that makes a perfect companion for any meal, especially Mexican inspired dishes.


  • instant pot chocoflan
    from One Happy Housewife

    A moist chocolate cake layered with a smooth, creamy flan, and topped with caramel.

  • 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!

  • overhead view of french toast casserole in a bowl
    French Toast Casserole
    from Spice Cravings

    Everything you love about a classic French toast, just more delicious!

  • 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!

  • 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.

Download the May 2023 Meal Plan Calendar.

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

2024 Meal Plans

2023 Meal Plans

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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