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Bacon Ranch Potatoes in Pressure Cooker

Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.

Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.

If you follow me on snapchat, you know what I went through to create this recipe. Well, not that dramatic… But here’s how the first trial went down. After 15 minutes of cooking the potatoes in pressure cooker, it didn’t release ANY pressure! Now I don’t know about you, but I always feel uneasy about pressure cookers. It just seems like it’s going to explode any minute. I know, it’s just in my head…

Anyway, since no pressure came out, I was nervous to open the lid inside. So I carried my instant pot out to the backyard. If it explodes, let it be outside, right? And why wouldn’t I snapchat the whole process too, thinking I may be able to capture a crazy explosion or something. 

Well, I held my phone in one hand and carefully opened the pressure cooker with other. And guess what? Nothing happened! No explosions, not even a steam. And the potatoes were barely cooked. Bummer!!

Lesson here is that to cook something in pressure cooker, you need at least some liquid. Even as little as 2 tablespoons of water will make a huge difference in the final result.

Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.

As I worked on this recipe on and off for entire summer, I learned so much about this magic little pot. If I was skeptical at the beginning, I’ve grown to love it. It’s versatile, convenient, and well, magical! No, I’m paid to promote this pot. I’m just really loving it!

So, what makes this recipe so special?

Only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple spices for this mouth-watering comfort food. I mean, bacon and potato alone will sell this recipe. But when you throw cheese into the mix, it’s simply hard to resist!

And the best part, everything is cooked in one pot!

Super simple, yet unbelievably tasty dish in less than 30 minutes.

Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.

Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.

Do you have Instant Pot, or similar electric pressure cooker? What’s your favorite dish to cook in it? I’m slowly building my favorite pressure cooker recipe list, and I’d love to try your favorites too.

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Bacon ranch potatoes in less than 30 minutes! AND only 4 main ingredients and 3 simple seasonings for this mouth-watering comfort food.

Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2lb (1kg) red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 3 bacon strips
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4oz (115gr) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Ranch dressing

Directions:

  1. Cut the potatoes into about 1-inch pieces.
  2. Cut the bacon into small pieces.
  3. Add potatoes, bacon and 2 tablespoons of water into the Instant Pot.
  4. Stir in dried parsley, garlic powder and salt.
  5. Set the instant pot to manual and set the time for 7 minutes. Release the pressure and carefully open the lid. (Note: From a few of readers' feedback, I learned that size of the pot affects the cooking time. This recipe was made with 6Qt Instant Pot. If yours is bigger, then please add 1-2 tablespoons of additional water and increase the cooking time by about 5-7 minutes.)
  6. Add ranch dressing and cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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12 comments

  1. This recipe was a success for me!  I have a 5 qt and needed to do 3 lbs red potatoes so I followed the recipe as written and added 3 TBSP of water and set it on Manual, high pressure, for 12 minutes. I divided the potatoes and did 1.5 lbs at a time. The recipe forgot to mention the garlic powder so I just mixed it in with the parsley and salt. 

    • Hi, Dawn! Yay, so glad the recipe worked for you! I heard back from one of the commenters below, who confirmed that hers was 8Qt Instant Pot. So seems like size of the pot affects the cooking time. I’ll update the recipe accordingly. I also edit it to add garlic powder (Totally forgot it. Oops!) I really appreciate your feedback.

  2. Thanks for the idea. I have the Instant Pot and I had to cook mine for 10 additional minutes so 17 total because the potatoes’ were not cooked. I also added 3 tbsp more water for the second round of minutes.

    • Thanks, Kymberly, for your feedback! It’s very strange, but I really want to find out why the cooking time varies so much. I’m wondering if the size of the Instant Pot makes any difference. Mine is 6Qt, what size is yours?

  3. Just tried this in my ip. I followed the directions exactly but they were nowhere near done after 7 minutes on manual. I added two more tbsp. and put it on for another 7 minutes….still not done. Then I used the steam feature for 5 minutes and they still werent done. What in the world could possibly be the problem?

  4. Just tried the recipe as described above in the instant pot.  Got an overheat warning.  Are you sure 2 TBSP water is enough?  Do we need to put it on any kind of elevating rack/steaming insert?

    • Hi, Dave. That’s interesting. I’ve tested with amount of water, and found that more than 2 tablespoons of water make the potatoes mushy. I’ve never had that warning though, and I didn’t use any elevating inserts. Just want to confirm, you’re using Instant Pot brand, right? I have 2 electric pressure cookers, Instant Pot and Fagor. And this recipe was made/tested in Instant Pot only. My Fagor has 2 settings, high and low pressure. And I tend to burn most of my food on high setting in Fagor.

  5. Would it be possible to freeze this ahead of time?

  6. Looks really good! Question! What do I do if I don’t own a pressure cooker? :(( hubby loves potatoes and I’m always looking for new recipes, really want to try this one! 

    • Hi, Olya! Before pressure cooker, I used to make it in the oven. The method would a bit different, and it takes longer. You’ll cook the bacon separately, bake the potatoes with seasoning for about 45 minutes. And then once potatoes are cooked, stir in the ranch dressing, cheese and bacon. Let me know how it turns out, if you try it.

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