Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

5 from 10 reviews

Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers with any ground meat, any rice and in half the time your mom’s. Juicy, flavorful and easy weeknight meal – sign me up!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


  • 89 medium-large bell peppers
  • 2 lbs any ground meat (I used ground turkey)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice or 22 1/2 cups cooked
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1 tsp basil, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Ground black pepper
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce, low sodium
  • 1 cup stock, low sodium


  1. Cook 3/4 cup rice with 3/4 cup cold water in Instant Pot: white rice – 3 mins and brown rice – 22 mins. Natural release pressure for 10 mins.
  2. While rice is cooking, using the paring knife cut around the tail of a pepper and discard seeds using a tablespoon. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add ground meat, cooked rice, onion, oregano, thyme, basil, salt, red pepper flakes and ground black pepper.
  4. Using your hand or spatula, mix all ingredients really well.
  5. Stuff peppers with mixture diving evenly.
  6. To Instant Pot, add trivet and stock.
  7. Arrange 1 layer of peppers and top with half of the tomato sauce. Lay remaining peppers and top with remaining sauce.
  8. Close the lid, turn release vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook or Manual on High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  9. Release pressure immediately by turning the valve to Venting – Quick Release. Your stuffed peppers are ready.
  10. Serve with plain yogurt/sour cream and juices from the bottom of the pot (turkey baster is the best to suck those up).

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Make Ahead: Refrigerate stuffed uncooked peppers for up to 2 days and cook when ready.


  • If using ground turkey, add a few tablespoons of oil to make it more moist.
  • Any Italian dried herbs work.
  • I have 8 quart Instant Pot and it’s large enough to cook all peppers at once. If yours is 6 quart, cook in 2 batches.
  • You can’t use uncooked rice because once mixed with meat it will be undercooked and peppers and turkey overcooked.
  • You can replace rice with uncooked quinoa, then cook for 15 mins in 8 quart and 20 mins in 6 quart.

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