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Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers is a great busy weekday night meal. You get all the flavors of a stuffed pepper without all the extra steps of prep. A ground beef and rice seasoned mixed with peppers throughout. 

Stuffed peppers were a classic recipe we ate growing up. Something about being served food stuffed inside a pepper made it so fun! Now as an adult I found a simple way to get those same flavors, with a lot less work on my end.

Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers

 

Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper

Add on a sprinkle of cheese and even a dollop of sour cream and ring that dinner bell! Your family young and old will love the flavors this Instant Pot dinner recipe brings. 

Unstuffed Peppers fork

What Type Of Meat Do You Use for Unstuffed Peppers

For this recipe, I used ground beef. You are welcome to swap it out with ground turkey or even do a mix of sausage and ground beef. 

We have batches of ground beef I have cooked in the Instant Pot in the freezer for meal prep meals I use a lot. We are a huge fan of homemade Instant Pot freezer meals. 

What Color Of Bell Peppers Do You Use For Stuffed Peppers

Any color works! I find that the red, yellow and even orange bell peppers offer a sweeter flavor than green bell peppers. I have even bought those mini sweet peppers and diced them up and it turned out great. 

If you use a variety of colors it adds a splash of color to your Unstuffed Pepper mixture. Which adds to the presentation value. 

 

What to Pair With Unstuffed Peppers Casserole 

For this recipe, we normally count it as a one-pot meal. If you want to add a side salad to the mix or even a slice of bread or dinner roll. 

 

This recipe is hearty, comforting and filling! If you are not serving a handful you will have leftovers! 

 

How To Prepare for Freezer meal:

unstuffed peppers from frozen

 

  1. Use a gallon size freezer bag
  2. Add one Pound of prepared ground beef
  3. 28 oz chopped tomato
  4. 2 oz tomato puree
  5. 2 cups uncooked rice
  6. 3 peppers chopped
  7. 1 onion chopped
  8. 3 cups beef broth
  9. Freeze for up to 6months

How to Prepare from Frozen:

  1. Place contents of freezer bag in the instant pot
  2. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Do a quick release
  4. You can either use already prepared Rice and stir in Or
  5. Add 2 cups uncooked rice
  6. Manual low pressure for 12 minutes
  7. quick release
  8. Optional stir in cheese.

How to Store Leftovers of Unstuffed Peppers 

Simply allow the dish to cool then transfer into an airtight container and tuck into the fridge. Or go the extra step and do single-serve containers for quick meal prep for a few days of the week. 

 

Does Unstuffed Peppers Casserole Reheat Good

Yes! This recipe reheats rather well. The flavors blend even more through the night so the next day flavors are even better than day one. 

 

Why Make Unstuffed Peppers In The Instant Pot

Why not? You get perfectly cooked rice, flavorful flavors with little effort on your hand. Sit down and help kids with homework while it cooks away. Or sit on your patio sipping tea relaxing after a hard day. 

 

The Instant Pot is a more hands-off approach whereas the stove you would be stirring and watching the mix cook away. 

If you love this Rice Dish you will also love My One-Pot Asiago Chicken and Risotto, Cracked Up Chicken and rice casserole, Or Fire Hot taco bowls.

Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers

Unstuffed Peppers fork

Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers is a great busy weekday night meal. You get all the flavors of a stuffed pepper without all the extra steps of prep.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 28 oz chopped tomato
  • 2 oz tomato puree
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 peppers chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place your pressure cooker or instant pot on saute
  2. Cook the ground beef until crumbles and brown
  3. Pour in chopped tomatoes, rice, peppers, onion, beef broth, and tomato puree. 
  4. Place your pot on Manual Low pressure for 12 minutes. ( or use rice button)
  5. Do a Quick Release
  6. Stir in cheese and serve.

How To Prepare for Freezer meal:

  1. Use a gallon size freezer bag
  2. Add one Pound of prepared ground beef
  3. 28 oz chopped tomato
  4. 2 oz tomato puree
  5. 2 cups uncooked rice
  6. 3 peppers chopped
  7. 1 onion chopped
  8. 3 cups beef broth
  9. Freeze for up to 6months

How to Prepare from Frozen:

  1. Place contents of freezer bag in the instant pot
  2. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Do a quick release
  4. You can either use already prepared Rice and stir in Or
  5. Add 2 cups uncooked rice
  6. Manual low pressure for 12 minutes
  7. quick release
  8. Optional stir in cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 573Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 760mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g

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Barbara LaMorticella

Sunday 14th of March 2021

2 cups of rice & 3 green peppers seemed a lot, but I followed the directions exactly. There was so much volume that my 8 quart pot was almost completely to the fill line. Luckily I was in the kitchen, because I got a burn notice. I have an extra inner pot liner, so I let the instant pot cool, put the mixture into the new liner, adding some extra liquid, and tried again. Again a burn notice! I scrubbed the original liner clean and put in only half of the mixture, adding more than a cup and a half of water and tomato puree (it would have been better to ues broth). Again burn! Again pot cleaning. (I am stubborn). I then cooked half the mixture with the pot-in-pot method and- hallelujah! It cooked without burning. I’ve never had this trouble with my instant pot before. The recipe was delicious before I began adding water (albeit a little crunchy, as it never went through the whole cycle. I will make this recipe again, only this time will use the pot in pot method.

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Renae

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hello, does it make 6 or 10 servings? On the beginning of the recipe it say 6 but by the nutritional info it says 10.

Thank you, Renae

Ashley

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Your freezer meal instructions say to add two cups of uncooked rice to the freezer bag, but then it says to add already cooked rice or stir in 2 cups of uncooked rice after bringing to high pressure from frozen. Are we supposed to freeze with the rice or no?