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Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

These easy Instant Pot stuffed peppers will be your favorite pressure cooker meal! Classic stuffed peppers with cheesy ground beef and rice, they’re packed with flavor and will bring you back to your childhood!

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Have you steamed anything in your Instant Pot yet?? We hadn’t yet until we made these easy Instant Pot stuffed peppers! They turned out to be so simple! Sponsored by Kitchen Deluxe. One easy Instant Pot recipe you’ll love. 😉 (originally published 8/17, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Stuffed Peppers

I have been making these for years in my oven but now you can make it as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe or in your Crockpot Express too. Any brand of pot will work.

BUT with my original stuffed green peppers recipe you have to take an extra step to blanche. NO need in your pressure cooker though!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

If you don’t have a handy dandy vegetable steamer we will show you where to get this one.

  • It makes it easy peasy to make this and other vegetables in your Instant Pot, and has a nifty and safe way to pull it out when it’s done too!

Instant Pot stuffed peppers

Normally you’d need to blanch bell peppers before continuing on but when you cook them in your pressure cooker you can skip this step!

how to blanch bell peppers

They will be your “bowls” if you will.

The recipe I will share with you is enough filling for 8, so two batches, of stuffed bell peppers.

You can use any color you like, I just buy a variety to make it more “fun” for the kids, or whichever look best at the store.

easy instant pot stuffed peppers

You want it to sit flat and some are long and skinny without any real “legs” on the bottom so it will topple over… good.

Pick 4-8 of your favorite peppers at the store, cut off the tops, take out the seeds, and you’re ready to make the mix you’ll stuff them with.

Instant Pot stuffed bell peppers

  • Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • Large bowl
  • Cup of water
  • Kitchen Deluxe Vegetable Steamer + use code TYPICALM for 15% off (safety handle included)
  • Bell peppers
  • Cooked rice – sometimes I use minute rice or make Instant Pot white rice first
  • Ground beef (or ground turkey, or omit if you want vegetarian stuffed peppers)
  • Spaghetti sauce – I like this type
  • Onions (optional but adds flavor)
  • Mozzarella cheese (optional but seriously it’s an amazing addition)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper – to taste
  • 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes is optional if you like it chunky, add into meat mixture

Here they are cut and cleaned out inside my Instant Pot vegetable steamer.

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This is what I meant by the trick to lifting your steamer basket out safely and easily….this hook!

  • This hook/rod comes inside the box with your vegetable steamer, and makes it SO much easier to lift, place on a plate, and serve…without needing an oven mitt. I am ALL about easy!
What accessories do I need for my Instant Pot?

This is it for this recipe in particular. Here is a list of a few others I recommend though.

Do you have to cook meat before stuffing peppers?

Yes, I have never done it otherwise and I don’t think it would work at all. SO there is a bit of precooking beforehand but it’s not bad at all. Well worth it in the end I tell you.

Can you save stuffed peppers?

The peppers can be stuffed and refrigerated up to 1 day ahead. Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

What sides go with stuffed peppers?

I usually serve these as is but I guess you could serve them with a side of dinner rolls or pull apart bread.

Pressure cooker stuffed peppers

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Even if you aren’t a huge fan of peppers they serve as a great “bowl” for cooking your mixture. In an electric pressure cooker they soften perfectly in just 10 minutes cooked on high pressure with a quick pressure release.

Full of cheesy rice, meat, and tomato sauce with a tender bell pepper “bowl”.  You can eat them during or after you’ve finished the filling. It is an entire meal wrapped up into one.

  • My kids love these because everyone gets their own! Since the peppers are steamed inside your pressure cooker they lose their bitterness and are so soft. You can literally cut them with the side of a fork.

This is a great recipe for families I tell you! If your kids aren’t so sure about the peppers at first give it time. Allow them to just eat the insides first and eventually have them “try just one bite”. It took a bit but now my girls love the whole thing!

easy stuffed peppers

Looking for other Instant Pot recipes you will love?

  1. Instant Pot stuffed bell pepper casserole is a must make!
  2. This Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole is amazing I tell you.
  3. There are plenty more Instant Pot ground beef recipes here to try as well.
  4. Lots more listed in the best Instant Pot recipes here.

How long can stuffed peppers sit out?

Once cooked the general rule is 2 hours at room temperature. Beyond that you should store leftovers in air tight containers in the refrigerator.

air fryer stuffed bell peppers

Here’s a quick step by step but there’s a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Easy Instant Pot stuffed bell peppers

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Make rice at the beginning as this will take a bit of time. Set aside when done.

  2. Saute

    In a pressure cooker turn your pot to saute so you can precook your ground beef and onions until the meat is no longer pink.

  3. Mix together filling

    Mix cooked meat, rice, seasonings and spaghetti sauce or diced tomatoes in a bowl.

  4. Prepare bell peppers

    Slice tops off peppers and remove seeds from the inside.

  5. Cook

    Add water into your Instant Pot and lower down vegetable steamer basket. Place peppers that have been cleaned out into basket with opening facing up.

    Add a bit of cheese into the bottoms, then fill with meat and rice mixture. Top with more cheese

  6. Cook

    Lock the lid and seal steam valve to closed. Set cooking time to 10 minutes on high pressure. Do a quick release when done.

  7. Serve

    Open the lid. Serve immediately for best results on a plate and enjoy.

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Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

These easy Instant Pot stuffed peppers will be your favorite pressure cooker meal! Green peppers stuffed with cheesy ground beef and rice they’re packed with flavor and will bring you back to your childhood! The old fashioned recipe you remember is much quicker in your pressure cooker now! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, instant pot, pressure cooker, stuffed peppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 265kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 8 bell peppers (if making 4 just half the ingredients below for the filling)
  • 1/2 lb ground beef or spicy ground sausage is even better
  • 2 c uncooked minute rice
  • 2 c water to cook your minute rice
  • 1 1/2 c spaghetti sauce
  • 1/3 c onion diced
  • 1 c mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt


  • Add a bit of olive oil. Turn your Instant Pot to saute, normal, and add your ground beef and onions.
  • Make your minute rice on the stove or in the microwave. Cook until meat is no longer pink and onions soften.
  • Pour into your pot the spaghetti sauce and cooked rice, stir.
  • Turn Instant Pot off and remove pot. Empty contents into separate bowl and wash your pot.
  • Return pot into your Instant Pot and pour in 1 1/2 c. water.
  • Open your vegetable steamer basket and lower it into your Instant Pot.
  • Cut tops off your bell peppers and remove seeds inside.
  • Place 4 bell peppers into your steamer basket so they fit snuggly.
  • Put a bit of mozzarella cheese into the inside, bottom, of each bell pepper.
  • Spoon rice and ground beef mixture into peppers until each one is filled almost to the top.
  • Put another bit of mozzarella cheese on the very top of each pepper on top of the rice mixture.
  • Close your lid and steam valve and set to manual, pressure, high, for 10 minutes.
  • When done do a quick release.
  • Use central ring hook to lift vegetable steamer out of your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 930mg40%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 4375IU88%
Vitamin C 161.4mg196%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 15th of November 2020

I actually did not pre-cook the meat and it turned out just fine! No raw meat here! I left out the rice and cooked that separately to make a “bed” for the peppers to sit on in my meal prep containers. These are versatile... definitely no wrong answers when it comes to ingredients!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Glad to hear!

Kim Calderon

Friday 16th of November 2018

These peppers are amazing! I did add whole kernel corn and green onions.


Monday 24th of September 2018

I made this recipe with 4 green bell peppers. I used cooked quinoa instead of rice and added turmeric pwdr, chili pwdr and half a jalepeno pepper. Turned out great!!! I didn't have a steamer basket, but peppers came out just fine without it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

OH quinoa would be yummy too!

Julia Chestnut

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

I am a beginner of the Keto diet, and diabetic. This will help me make enough food for me and to have leftovers for another meal. Can't wait to start!

Pat Borza

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Can you use the crock pot liners in the Insta Pot for cooking stuffed peppers made with extra sauce that would be poured over peppers in pot before cooking?

Thank you Pat

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