These 31 Instant Pot and slow cooker holiday dishes are perfect for easy meals when company calls, hearty breakfasts when extended family crashes, and fun treats for all of your holiday mingling this month.

31 Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes to Make for the Holidays |

Happy December!

Are you scurrying around like little elves, trying to get your holiday shopping done? Is the Instant Pot on your wish list? If not, it should be! It was the most sold item on Amazon last year, and it’s expected to do the same this year. That’s because this appliance is a beast. It functions as a slow cooker or a pressure cooker, slashing most cooking times in half, and leaving you with minimal cleanup.

Isn’t that magic to the ears, especially during the holidays?

That’s why our latest and last installment of the 31 day what to cook series is all about holiday dishes you can whip up effortlessly in your Instant Pot or or slow cooker. From crowd favorite appetizers and  hearty breakfasts to soul-warming soups and beverages, we’ve got you covered this holiday season.

To see all of this year’s 31 Days Series, check them out here:

31 Days of Healthy Comfort Food Recipes to Make in January

28 Days of Lighter Pasta Recipes to Make in February

31 Days of Weeknight Chicken Dinners to Make in March

30 Days of Healthier Salads that Make a Meal in April

31 Days of Sheet Pan Dinners to Make in May

30 Days of Easy Grilling Recipes to Make in June

31 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Make in July

31 Days of Summer Produce Recipes to Make in August

30 Dinners to Make When There’s No Time to Cook in September

31 Instant Pot Dinner Recipes to Make in October

30 Easy Comfort Food Casseroles to Make in November

Here’s how to make meal planning your month of meals a snap.

First, download this free printable weekly meal planner/to-do list to fill in, tape to the fridge, take to the grocery store, or use for reference next year when you can’t remember what the heck were your fave recipes from this one.

And then sign up for your free weekly meal plan and prep list here.

You get the idea. Now get cooking!

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese |

December 1: Creamy Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese


Ready in just 5 minutes cooking time, this lush mac and cheese makes for an interactive dinner party with 5 ideas guests can add to make their own favorite mac and cheese fixin’s.

Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate from on

December 2: Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Sally’s Baking Addiction

Taking an intermission from romping in the snow, or watching Elf with your family just wouldn’t be the same without a piping mug of hot chocolate (and no, the stuff in the blue packet doesn’t count). This homemade version is extra creamy and decadent since it features melted chocolate. Not to mention it’s so much easier in the slow cooker!

Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup from on

December 3: Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup

Mountain Mama Cooks

Soup is the perfect antidote to chilly weather, and it also makes for a soothing lunch when you’re burnt out on holiday leftovers. This creamy, cheesy cauliflower type is rich and velvety, but uses less cream than other recipes, and those buttery croutons on top make you feel like you’re slurping a grilled cheese sammy.

Instant Pot Salted Caramel Cheesecake from on

December 4: Instant Pot Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Cookies & Cups

Cheesecake made in the Instant Pot is a huge game-changer, especially when it features a Ritz cracker crust and is topped with a luxuriously sexy salted caramel sauce.

Slow Cooker Little Smokies from on

December 5: Slow Cooker Little Smokies


These sweet and smoky little fellas should come with a warning label, because they’re super addicting, and they’re always the first thing to go at a holiday party!

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup from on

December 6: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup

Creme De La Crumb

This comfort food classic gets soupified in the Instant Pot (or slow cooker), for a cozy dinner your entire crazy, extended fam will love.

Homemade Apple Cider from on

December 7: Homemade Apple Cider

Add a Pinch

Not only does this cider fill your home with the most festive aromas, it’s a breeze to make in the slow cooker or on the stovetop, and it will warm you up from head to toe!

Slow Cooker Spiced Nuts from on

December 8: Slow Cooker Spiced Nuts

Posh Journal

What’s a proper holiday party without a bowl of mixed nuts to munch on? These guys pack a spicy kick thanks to cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, and allspice, and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Crockpot Breakfast Potatoes from on

December 9: Crockpot Breakfast Potatoes

Well Plated

These creamy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside potatoes take less than 15 minutes to prepare and are perfect for easily feeding the masses over the holidays.

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp from on

December 10: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Gimme Some Oven

Why slave over a labor-intensive apple pie when you can have this scrumptious crisp, effortlessly made in the slow cooker? Serve with vanilla ice cream, and your favorite Christmas flick.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon from on

December 11: Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon 

The Recipe Critic

Make this fancy French comfort food dish when you want to impress your relatives with a gourmet home-cooked dinner, but don’t have time to pull a Julia Child. The slow cooker does all the work, but (shhhh), they don’t have to know that.

Instant Pot Monkey Bread from on

December 12: Instant Pot Monkey Bread

Princess Pinky Girl

Gooey, caramel-y monkey bread is a breakfast treat everyone loves to eat, and when you can do it this easily and quickly in the Instant Pot, you won’t want to make it any other way again.

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup from on

December 13: Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

Pinch of Yum

This stick-to-your-ribs soup tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove all day, but it actually cooks for just 45 minutes in the Instant Pot. A hearty bowl full is the best way to warm your family’s bellies after a marathon game of Monopoly.

Instant Pot Warm Chocolate Melting Cake from on

December 14: Instant Pot Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

365 Days of Slow Cooking

Is there any other dessert more decadent than a melty dark chocolate cake? This one is sinfully rich, more reminiscent of a truffle, and would make for a popular finale to a Christmas Eve dinner.

Instant Pot Maple Smoked Brisket from on

December 15: Instant Pot Maple Smoked Brisket

Bare Root Girl

This showstopper brisket gets its flavor from smoked sea salt, maple sugar, and a hit of liquid smoke, and it’s guaranteed to leave your family doing the happy food dance.

Homemade Crock Pot Chex Mix with Honey Mustard from on

December 16: Homemade Crock Pot Chex Mix with Honey Mustard

Food Faith Fitness

Chex Mix is the mascot of holiday parties. It’s the best of both worlds—the ultimate balance of sweet and salty. This one gets some added pep from hickory liquid smoke and honey mustard, for a mega crowdpleaser.

New York-Style Instant Pot Cheesecake from on

December 17: New York-Style Instant Pot Cheesecake

Little Spice Jar

Forget visions of sugar plums, you’ll have visions of this unbelievably creamy and fluffy New York-style cheesecake haunting your dreams long after the holidays are over.

Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole from on

December 18: Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

House of Yumm

This casserole is packed with all of your favorite breakfast goodies—sausage, eggs, hash browns, veggies, and plenty of cheese. Throw all of the ingredients into the slow cooker before bed, and wake up to the incredible smell of a homemade breakfast filling your house. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Slow Cooker Spiced Mulled Wine with Pomegranate from on

December 19: Slow Cooker Spiced Mulled Wine with Pomegranate


With warm spices of cinnamon, star anise, clove, and nutmeg, mulled wine tastes like Christmas in liquid form, and this version is extra festive thanks to some pretty pomegranate arils and orange slices. Your entire home will smell incredible, and inviting, and this beverage is the perfect thing to serve to party guests.

Slow Cooker Sriracha Meatballs from on

December 20: Slow Cooker Sriracha Meatballs


Speaking of parties, meatballs of some sort are pretty much a mandatory appetizer, and these sticky-sweet ones with just the right amount of heat are always a hit. Seriously, try just eating one…or two…or three.

Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting from on

December 21: Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Our Table for Seven

There’s nothing like homemade cinnamon rolls, especially when they’re made super easy in the crock pot! The best thing about this recipe though? These babies don’t have yeast, so there’s no rising time required. Plus, the caramel cream cheese frosting they’re slathered with is absolutely dreamy.

Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes from on

December 22: Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven

There’s something so sophisticated about steamed artichokes, and who knew you could make them in the Instant Pot? These take less than 30 minutes to prep and cook, are full of flavor, and feature a butter lemon dipping sauce that’s to die for. Serve these up as a Christmas Eve or New Year’s treat!

Pressure Cooker Cranberry Baked French Toast from on

December 23: Pressure Cooker Cranberry Baked French Toast

Pressure Cooking Today

Your holiday breakfast doesn’t get much more festive than this cranberry-studded French toast topped with a heavenly orange sauce.

Slow Cooker Cabernet Beef Short Ribs with Mascarpone Polenta from on

December 24: Slow Cooker Cabernet Beef Short Ribs with Mascarpone Polenta

How Sweet Eats

Who says you can’t have a restaurant-worthy meal at home, let alone one that can be made in your slow cooker? This comforting holiday dinner is warm, welcoming, and totally great for impressing guests. And don’t even get us started on that mascarpone polenta.

Instant Pot White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake from on

December 25: Instant Pot White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Simply Happy Foodie

This cheesecake is all dolled up for the holidays, and would make a merry addition to your Christmas feast.

Instant Pot Applesauce from on

December 26: Instant Pot Applesauce

Cookin’ Canuck

Thanksgiving is for cranberry sauce, but Christmas is for applesauce, and this recipe takes just 30 minutes in the Instant Pot.

Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze from on

December 27: Slow Cooker Ham with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze

Good Life Eats

Ditch the Honey Baked Ham, and opt for this show-stopping version which looks like it could be straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. It slow cooks all day and gets lacquered with a gorgeous honey marmalade mustard glaze.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamed Corn from on

December 28: 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamed Corn


This 5-ingredient creamed corn is a family favorite, and proof that sometimes the best dishes are the simplest ones.

Instant Pot Banana French Toast from on

December 29: Instant Pot Banana French Toast

Living Locurto

As far as holiday breakfasts go, you can never go wrong with French toast, especially when it’s loaded up with bananas, pecans, cream cheese, and it takes just 25 minutes to cook.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip from on

December 30: Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip 

I Heart Naptime

Everyone’s favorite dip is made extra easy in the slow cooker, and is wonderfully cheesy, creamy, and just as addicting as ever!

Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs from on

December 31: Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs

Carlsbad Cravings

Skip the grape jelly meatballs this year, and make these for a NYE appetizer folks won’t be able to stop eating.



This recipe round-up was curated  and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam of Seven Day Weekend. Follow her foodie tastes and other flights of fancy on Pinterest and Instagram.


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