Best Vegetarian Super Bowl Recipes for Your Instant Pot

6 Vegetarian-Friendly Dishes for Sunday’s Big Game

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Ah yes, the Super Bowl. A night where meat seems to be celebrated almost as much as the winning team. Burgers and hot dogs have a habit of taking center stage, often displacing meatless options. Well not this year. Instead, you (or your vegetarian friends) are going to feast like royalty on some damn good veggie-heavy options. Even better? These recipes have been created by some top chefs especially for the Instant Pot, practically guaranteeing they’ll be quick and easy.  

Vegetarian cuisine has come a long way from salads and soggy tofu. You can find a lot of foods that have flavors and textures that closely mimic meat, to satisfying plant-only dishes that’ll make you forget it’s missing any animal protein.

Whether you’re in it for the Super Bowl, the Puppy Bowl, or even the Kitten Bowl, these are expertly curated veggie-friendly options — made super easy thanks to their Instant Pot-specific recipes — that will serve anyone from kickoff to final touchdown.

Vegetarian Chili and FritosJoanie Simon

“This is a perfect recipe to throw together on Super Bowl Sunday,” says Chris Tucker, who stars in ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show.” Nervous about chili without the meat? No need. “By swapping in lentils, you get the hardiness and textural satisfaction you expect in a meaty chili, just without the animal protein,” Tucker says. “Not only does it come together super quick with the use of the Instant Pot, but less the bag of Fritos, it’s extremely good for you.”

Yields 12 servings

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“This salsa is a perfect updated and cleaner version versus those nasty jar salsas that are full of preservatives,” says chef Dave Martin — who made the top three in “Top Chef’s” inaugural season — about this recipe from his forthcoming lifestyle and cookbook, “The Tequila Diet.” “It’s basically a salsa verde, which is on trend right now.”

Yields about 2 cups

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Nashville Hot BratBeyond Meat

“The Beyond Sausage Brat delivers the hallmark taste, texture, and juiciness of traditional pork sausage — it’s made from a unique blend of pea, fava bean, and rice proteins — making it a winner with both meat eaters and vegetarian party attendees,” says Charity Morgan, who is married to Tennessee Titan Derrick Morgan, and is a personal chef to several vegan NFL players. “More and more NFL players are shifting towards plant-based eating for the powerful benefits, and Beyond Sausage has more protein than pork sausage, but significantly less total and saturated fat.”

Yields 4 brats

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Ratatouille may sound French and fancy, but don’t let the pronunciation fool you. “Ratatouille is a great make-ahead option for the Super Bowl so you don’t have to worry about tying up your Instant Pot on game day,” Boucherie restaurant’s Executive Chef Dominick Pepe tells us. “Plus the flavor strengthens as time goes on, and the dish can be served at any temperature.” Full of rich tomato flavor, this delivers on flavor. Adds Pepe: “The ‘meat’ of this veggie-heavy recipe are the tomatoes and tomato paste that bind the vegetables together and unify the dish.”

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Stuffed MushroomElegant Affairs

“Stuffed mushrooms are a common appetizer to serve at Super Bowl, only you usually see them stuffed with sausage and cheese,” says Andrea Correale of New York City’s Elegant Affairs. Serving clients including Leonardo DiCaprio, P. Diddy, Ralph Lauren, and more, she is accustomed to creating satisfying dishes for a variety of tastes. “This [vegan stuffed mushrooms] recipe tastes as savory and delish as the meat version, and the mushroom serves as a filling ‘faux meat’ option,” she says. “They are great for Super Bowl because they are filling and a perfect finger food.”

Yields 6 servings

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Baked Macaroni and CheeseRio Luna Organic

“Green Chili and Avocado Baked Macaroni and Cheese is perfect for the big game because it’s indulgent with a hint of spice, and will feed a crowd,” Emily Weeks of the Zen & Spice blog tells us. “It’s not your typical macaroni and cheese — the avocado puree and the fresh cilantro add a touch of green to the sauce and green chilies add a nice layer of spice!”

Yields 8 servings

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If you don’t want to eat meat during the big game, you don’t have to. You don’t need meat for delicious, party-friendly food, especially with these quick Instant Pot recipes!

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