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If there ever were a weeknight meal that could easily be packaged in a pretty bow, it’s Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers. Sweet, colorful bell peppers stuffed with a chili- and cumin-infused turkey filling (or chicken or beef) pack big Tex-Mex flavors. Add the fact that the meat cooks neatly inside the peppers, and now you have a true gift for every busy cook.

Healthy Instant Pot stuffed peppers

This low-carb dish takes easiness to the maximum. It makes time in the kitchen feel like a relief.

Stuffed peppers (and stuffed vegetables generally) may be the dinner I cook most frequently if I kept a tally. It’s just too hard to resist such a nutritious meal in one snug package!

Italian Stuffed Peppers and Mexican Stuffed Peppers have been my (and my readers’) favorite way to combine a lean protein, whole grain, and vegetables in a single, scrumptious bundle.

And of course, I couldn’t even let my cookbook go to print without a stuffed peppers recipe (Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers. YUM!). So, get your copy here to taste my best version yet.

These Instant Pot stuffed peppers have a tremendous advantage over other cooking methods: you do not need to cook the meat first before stuffing the peppers.

Just like my Crockpot Stuffed Peppers (a stand-out amongst the ever-expanding list of slow cooker recipes on my site), the meat cooks directly inside the peppers in the Instant Pot. You don’t need to brown it first, saving you a step, and pan to wash.

A set-it-and-forget-it meal that tastes fantastic and leaves me fewer dishes in the end? Now THAT is my kind of gift!

A pressure cooker with stuffed peppers

The Best Way to Cut Stuffed Peppers

The way you cut bell peppers prior to stuffing them depends upon the method you’re using to cook them.

  • Option 1: Keep the Peppers Whole and Slice Off the Pepper Top.
    • This method is preferable for cooking peppers in the instant pot or slow cooker, where the peppers are packed tightly side by side.
    • The high walls of the slow cooker or instant pot help support the peppers (unlike a shorter casserole dish).
  • Option 2: Split the Pepper in Half from Top to Bottom.
    • This method is preferable for when you are cooking the peppers in a baking dish.
    • In a baking dish or pan, a half pepper rests easily on its back, so you don’t have to balance it standing up.

Since we’re cooking stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot, we’ll be using Option 1.

Instant Pot stuffed peppers in a baking dish

How To Make Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

The Ingredients

  • Bell Peppers. The perfect base for our all-in-one healthy meal package. Bell peppers hold their shape well and complement whatever flavors you stuff inside them.
  • Ground Turkey. For lean, tasty protein, I chose to use ground turkey. Ground chicken or beef would also work well here. (For more ground beef recipes, check out Ground Beef Dinner Ideas)
  • Brown Rice. If you prefer to make Instant Pot stuffed peppers with no rice, feel free to use a different whole grain of choice. Instant Pot stuffed peppers with quinoa are a popular, healthy option. I would not recommend cooking Instant Pot stuffed peppers with cauliflower rice because the filling would likely get too watery and mushy in the Instant Pot.
  • Spices. To make our stuffed peppers POP! I used a mixture of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper for some heat.
  • Diced Tomatoes + Green Chiles. Not only are we using a can of green chiles on their own, but we’re also using a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles. They add a fun, zesty twist to our stuffed pepper filling!
  • Shredded Cheese. My favorite component of a stuffed pepper is the undeniably delicious cheesy lid. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, cheddar, or a similar cheese will work great here.

The Directions

  1. Add water to the Instant Pot.
    Bell peppers being sliced
  2. Slice the peppers, removing the seeds and membranes.
    Halved vegetables in a pressure cooker
  3. Place the peppers in the Instant Pot on a trivet.
    Ground turkey with spices
  4. Add the turkey and spices to a mixing bowl.
    Tomatoes and green chiles in a bowl
  5. Pour in the tomatoes and green chiles.
    Cheese, rice, tomatoes, and meat in a bowl
  6. Add the rice and part of the shredded cheese.
    Filling for Instant Pot stuffed peppers
  7. Stir until combined.
    Stuffed bell peppers in an Instant Pot
  8. Mound the filling into the peppers. Cook on HIGH (manual) pressure for 10 minutes. Immediately vent.
  9. Top the peppers with the remaining cheese. Cover the Instant Pot with the lid and let it sit. Serve the peppers with toppings and ENJOY!
Instant Pot stuffed peppers in a baking dish with cheese

How To Store Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm stuffed peppers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F. You can also reheat them gently in the microwave (cut them into a few pieces first to help them cook evenly).
  • To Freeze. Freeze stuffed peppers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Cheesy Instant Pot stuffed peppers

More Ways to Enjoy Stuffed Peppers

Instant Pot stuffed peppers

Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

4.46 from 75 votes
Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers with seasoned ground turkey or beef, rice, and tomatoes. Just 10 minutes cook time! Healthy and scrumptious.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Servings: 4 peppers


  • 4 large bell peppers – any colors you like our favorites are red and green
  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken or lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional, if you like your peppers extra spicy
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles in their juices (such as Rotel)
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles in their juices
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice or cooked grain of choice, such as quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese – Monterey Jack pepper jack, cheddar, or similar cheese, divided (I used sharp cheddar)
  • Cilantro salsa, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, or any of your favorite toppings (optional, for serving)


  • Place the trivet in your Instant Pot. Pour in 1 cup water (if using a 6-quart model) or 1 ½ cups water (if using an 8-quart model).
  • Cut off the tops of the peppers. With your fingers, gently pull out the seeds and membranes so that you have hollowed out pepper “shells.” If you are having trouble loosening the inner membranes of the peppers, use a dull butter knife to gently press them loose.
  • Stand the peppers up in the Instant Pot, nestling them beside each other so that they stay upright.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the turkey. Sprinkle the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper over the top.
  • Next, pour in the diced tomatoes in green chiles and the can of green chilis.
  • Last, add the rice and ¾ cup shredded cheese (doing the ingredients in this order makes them easier to combine).
  • With a fork, gently stir to combine all of the ingredients as evenly as possible, being careful not to compact or overwork the meat. Make sure the spices are evenly distributed.
  • With a spoon, scoop the filling and lower it down into the peppers by heaping spoonfuls. Divide it evenly between the peppers and fill the peppers all the way to the top. The peppers will be very full.
  • Close and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high (manual) pressure for 10 minutes (depending upon your model, the button may also say “pressure cook”). Once the pressure has built and the 10-minute timer has elapsed, immediately vent to release any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully open the Instant Pot. The meat should be completely cooked through at this point, but if you want to be 100% certain, test it with an instant read thermometer – it should be at 165 degrees F (if it is not for some reason, reseal and cook 1 to 2 additional minutes; if it's close (160 or more) a few minutes rest without cooking further should carry it over to a safe temperature. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top of the peppers. Replace the lid (no need to seal) and let sit for a minute to allow the cheese to melt.
  • With tongs, gently lift the peppers onto serving plates (some water may drip off as you lift; this is moisture that built as the peppers cooked; simply let it drip back into the pot as you lift out the peppers). Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh cilantro and any of your favorite toppings.



  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm stuffed peppers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze stuffed peppers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 40gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgPotassium: 894mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4789IUVitamin C: 168mgCalcium: 326mgIron: 4mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Can you include sodium nutritional information for your recipes? I have to control my sodium intake.

    1. Hi Linda! I stopped including sodium info because it can vary so much depending upon what products you used, and I found a lot of conflicting info online, so ultimately I didn’t feel comfortable publishing it because sometimes it wasn’t even in the ballpark. If you’d like to calculate it yourself, there are lots of free tools online ( is popular). I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Mike, I’m sorry to hear you are having problems with the recipe. Having made these multiple times I have no idea why you would get a raw middle, because mine is always, always cooked. Different pressure cooker models could produce different cooking times so I would suggest just leaving it under pressure for a few more minutes. Make sure no steam is escaping while it comes up to pressure. Hope this helps!

    2. I’m in my 3rd round of cooking due to the same issue!? 15 mins in and I just reset it for 8 more minutes.

      1. I’m sorry to hear that, Phoenix. We haven’t been able to recreate the issue, could you tell us what type/size instant pot you have? Thank you!

    1. Hi Cerena, thanks for your feedback. The timing has worked well for myself and others, but it’s hard to know why it didn’t work for you without being in the kitchen with you. I hope you were able to still enjoy them!

  2. Made these last night and they are really good! I did a few things differently, due to texture issues. I sauteed a small chopped onion & the chopped up tops of the peppers, then browned the ground meat prior to mixing the ingredients together to stuff the pepper. I am dairy free, so I mixed some of the mixture with dairy free shreds for 2 peppers and then used regular shredded cheese for the rest of our household. I fit 5 peppers in my 6qt. instant pot!

    Will hold onto this recipe and make again when we have lots of bell peppers! May even use the remainder of the stuffing mixture to stuff zucchinis on our Big Green Egg (smoker grill).4 stars

  3. The recipe calls for a tablespoon chili powder but this was way too spicy for us. Not sure if it meant to say teaspoon, but next time that’s what we’ll do instead. Looking forward to trying again!4 stars

  4. Sorry but this ended up terrible meat was dry and tasteless, peppers fell apart and i believe it’s mainly due to continuing to pressure cook to get to temp ( 14 additional minutes). Too bad, that was a waste of time and money. Should have listened to the other reviews.1 star

    1. I’m sorry you to hear had trouble with the recipe, Dusty. I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! It’s hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.

  5. Turned out very good and tasty. Had to set my instapot to 15min instead of 10min. Heat wouldn’t go to high only low when set for 10min5 stars

  6. Very good! Thank you! I’ve made it 3 times now. I mixed the seasonings together, added the diced tomatoes with chilies and the green chilies and mixed them together well, then added the meat. Much easier to mix and distribute the seasonings.5 stars

  7. Excellent recipe! I don’t always follow the recipe exactly. Sometimes I leave out the cheese, etc…I make these a lot!5 stars

  8. Thank you! This was soooooooooo delicious! I had leftover stuffing so I just put it in a Pyrex dish and cooked it In the instant pot for the same amount of time after taking the peppers out. we used it as a filling for burritos. The recipe was a big hit with the family! I will absolutely make this again!5 stars

    1. Hi Mary! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review! Great idea about the extra stuffing!

  9. Amazing!
    I’ve made this twice now! On the second time I added more cheese inside the pepper, and a little Ketchup to sweeten it and give a little more richness.
    I also used this mixture and stuffed tomatoes! My family devoured them!
    Next time I will add some stewed tomatoes to the mixture for the peppers. Yes, there will be a next time!5 stars

  10. “…For some reason” it wasn’t cooked enough. After 10 minutes it was only 120°. I have an Insta pot duo plus brand new. 8 quart.

  11. OK so after cooking it just three minutes longer and then throwing it into my toaster oven. It was incredibly good. I do recommend using an egg in the meat because it’s a little bit soft and it falls apart. Next time I’ll try that. But really great recipe!!5 stars

  12. This was a big hit with all my family. Made a few minor changes. But will make again for sure. Thanks!! Cooked 15 min on high pressure. The. Added cheese and air fried for 4min. Superb!5 stars

  13. Ended up doing more of an italian style seasoning (we had done turkey tacos a few days ago and I wanted something different). My turkey was nearly frozen from being in the garage fridge which is apparently set for much too low a temp! I sauteed onion and the tops of the peppers as I saw in another review, added the turkey, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, some homemade pasta sauce, rice, italian seasoning and parmesan cheese and cooked it most of the way through. Filled the peppers and put them in the pressure cooker for 10 minutes with a quick release. I put a little more sauce over top with some shredded mozzarella cheese and air crisped for 4 minutes (as I saw in another review). Delicious! I know its not the same as this recipe, but it’s really the method I was looking for. I’m new to the instant pot style of cooking. This was very much appreciated! Thanks!!5 stars

  14. made this withouple of changes. No diced tomatoes so I used tomato sauce, instead of powdered onion i used a cup of diced onions and no green chilies I used chopped banana peppers. Tasted great.

  15. Followed exactly except I used a taco seasoning packet. Came out amazing! Fully cooked and absolutely delicious!5 stars

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