If you love the flavors that a stuffed pepper brings but don’t want the hassle, you have to try these Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers. You get all the savory flavors from a traditional stuffed pepper recipe, but you don’t have the hassle of cooking the meat and rice mixture separate, stuffing peppers, then tossing in the oven. Instant Pot UnStuffed Peppers recipe is a one-pot dish that can be made in your magical Instant Pot in 12 minutes. A hassle-free unstuffed peppers recipe that is delectable.
My secret to these unstuffed peppers is the two types of meat. I use ground beef as well as hot sausage. It adds a whole new element to the dish and even a little kick of heat. Now, if you think, I don’t like spicy food, use mild sausage, or just cut the sausage all together and double the ground beef. The beauty of cooking dishes like this is you can tweak it to fit your taste buds. You are not locked to strict ingredients or measurements like you are when you bake.
Tips For Picking The Right Pepper For The Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers
When you are at the grocery store picking peppers, try to remember this tip. The bottom part of the pepper has a handful of lobes. Most generally you will see three or four lobes on the pepper. The number of lobes on the bottom will help you know if it will be sweeter in flavor and best for eating raw, or milder in flavor and best for cooking.
Bell peppers that have just three lobes are great for cooking. They don’t have as many seeds and are not as sweet in flavor. Four lobe bell peppers are generally best to be sliced up and eaten raw in say a salad, or dipping in some hummus. I find this tip to be pretty helpful and I love that I can look at the bottom of the pepper to pick which one will work best in the recipe I am using.
As for the colors of peppers you need to use for this recipe, you can use any, red, yellow, orange or green. Or if you are like me, you might add a variety of peppers into the unstuffed peppers. I love how the peppers not only add a level of flavor but also color to the dish.
Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound hot sausage
- 28 oz chopped tomato
- 2 oz tomato puree
- 3 cups uncooked rice
- 3 peppers chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 cups beef broth
- 16 oz cheddar cheese
- Place your pressure cooker or instant pot on saute
- Cook the ground beef and sausage until crumbles and brown
- Pour in chopped tomatoes, rice, peppers, onion, beef broth, and tomato puree.
Place your pot on Manual Low pressure for 12 minutes. ( or use rice button)
Do a Quick Release
- Stir in cheese and serve.