This meal is very easy to make and cooks in a fraction of time. Making stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot is a tasty way of cooking them, as you can control the temperature, time and moisture, so you end up with perfectly cooked stuffed peppers. Juicy sweet peppers, ground beef, rice filling and tomato sauce complement each other and create a delicious dinner. However, the time needed to cook these bell peppers may vary. If you are using very large peppers then you might need to add an extra minute or two to the overall cooking time, just to be sure they are cooked through.
Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers Recipe
- 1 cup basmati rice (uncooked)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Stuffed Bell Peppers:
- 5 medium or 4 large bell peppers
- 1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey
- 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
- 2 small sweet onion (diced)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 small tomato (diced)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (or more based on preference)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
- 1 cup water
- 8 tbsp mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- fresh green onions or cilantro (chopped)
- sour cream or greek yogurt
Add the rice, olive oil, salt and the 1 cup of water to an Instant Pot safe dish. Stir to combine. Cover with foil and pinch a few holes. Add a long legged trivet to the Instant Pot and the remaining 1 cup of water. Add the pot with the rice onto the trivet. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes plus 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid. Carefully remove the dish with the rice from the Instant Pot. Let it stand for 10 minutes, remove the foil and fluff up the rice using 2 forks. Measure 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice for the Stuffed Peppers and store the rest. Rinse the Instant Pot stainless steel insert.
Wash the peppers, cut off their tops (you can keep them to use when serving the peppers). Remove the seeds and clean the inside well by removing gently all the veins. You can brown the beef in a skillet or in the Instant Pot before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients starting with the ground beef, up to the chopped parsley. Stir well to fully combine. Stuff the prepared peppers equally with the mixture.
Add a trivet with handles to the IP or a steamer basket. Add 1 cup of water and arrange the peppers onto the trivet. Close the lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes plus 5 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure manually and carefully open the lid. Using the handles of the trivet or steamer basket, carefully remove the peppers from the pot.