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Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Flavor packed ground beef, chopped veggies, mexican rice and melty cheese are cooked and served inside colorful bell peppers. Just ten minutes on high pressure for amazing stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers, Stuffed Peppers Instant Pot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 489 kcal
Author Melissa


  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 pound 85/15 ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup mexican rice cooked use leftover mexican rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/4 cups colby jack cheese shredded and divided
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour tomato sauce into a heat proof bowl and add diced onion. Heat the onion/tomato sauce mixture in the microwave for about 5 minutes to soften onions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cut the tops off of bell peppers. Remove stems and seeds and dice the tops of the bell peppers. Pour 1/3 of a cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot, add cooking rack and place bell peppers on top.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine one pound of uncooked ground beef, cooled onion/tomato sauce mixture, diced bell peppers, 1 cup of shredded colby jack cheese, 3/4 cup of cooked mexican rice, 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder.

  4. Fill bell peppers with ground beef mixture and top with remaining cheese. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure. Then use a Quick Pressure Release. You can test mixture for doneness with a meat thermometer. It should be cooked to 160 degrees.

Recipe Notes

You must used pre-cooked rice. I used leftover mexican rice,  but you can also use cooked white rice. Just bump up your seasoning so that the mixture is not too bland.

These stuffed bell peppers are great frozen and reheated. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 610mg27%
Potassium 862mg25%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 4671IU93%
Vitamin C 157mg190%
Calcium 295mg30%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.