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Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe

As much as I love stuffed peppers, I love this Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole recipe even better!

You get all the classic tastes of stuffed peppers without all of the work and hassle.

I have made Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers several times now and the family absolutely loves them!

instant pot unstuffed pepper casserole
A delicious bowl of Unstuffed Pepper Casserole made in minutes using the Instant Pot.

In fact, I make them when the peppers are fresh picked out of garden and make as many as I can.

Then, once they cool, I place each one on a rimmed baking sheet and flash freeze them. Finally, after they are all frozen, I use my Food Saver to make them air tight to make them last for months in the freezer.

But ever since I have made Cabbage Roll in a Bowl, I decided to try the same concept to make Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole.

Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole

Although stuffed peppers are delicious, there are times when you just don’t have the time to make them.

diced peppers
You can use a mixture of both green and red peppers if you prefer.

It takes a while to cut open several peppers and clean out the seeds and ribs.

Although, you don’t have to brown the beef before stuffing the peppers, you still have to use cooked rice to make them.

So instead of going through all of the hassle of making old-fashioned stuffed peppers, make this Unstuffed Pepper Casserole in your Instant Pot!

Brown the Meat

Yes, you must brown the meat for this recipe prior to pressure cooking.

But the good news is that you can brown it right in the liner of your Instant Pot.

saute ground chicken
To make this recipe a little healthier, you use ground chicken instead of beef.

First turn the pot to the SAUTE mode. It is crucial that you wait until the display reads HOT before adding both the oil and meat.

Otherwise, the meat will stick to the bottom of your pan.

Then when the meat is almost browned, add in the onions and garlic. Keep sauteing until the meat is no longer pink.

To Drain or Not To Drain?

Depending on the type of meat that you are using for this Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole, you may need to drain the grease from the bottom of the pan.

However if you use lean ground beef, or ground chicken or turkey, you can proceed with the rest of the recipe without draining.

Add The Remaining Ingredients and Cook

Next, add the remaining ingredients and stir together.

tomatoes with chicken
Unlike many Instant Pot recipes,, once you add your tomatoes you can stir the mixture together.

Then pressure cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. Yes, that is correct, just 5 minutes.

Of course, you will need to account for the time that the pot comes up to pressure. For me, it took approximately 8 minutes before the cook time began.

Once the cook time expires, simply wait 5 minutes to allow the pot to begin a natural pressure release.

Then slowly release the valve to release any remaining pressure. And you will want to make sure that you do this slowly. Otherwise, liquid may begin to spew out of the valve.

unstuffed pepper casserole
After all the ingredients have been added, stir and cook.

Now all that is left to do is stir it one final time and enjoy your Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole!

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Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole

Instant Pot Unstuffed Pepper Casserole

All the taste of stuffed peppers without all the work. A complete dinner made in minutes using your pressure cooker.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef or chicken
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt or more as needed
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper or more, to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper, roughly diced
  • 1/2 c long grain white rice uncooked
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c beef broth or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 shredded mozzarella cheese, optional


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once the display reads HOT, add the oil and ground beef or chicken. Once the meat is almost browned, add the onion and garlic and continue to sauté until the meat is cooked through.
  2. Drain any fat that has collected in the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add the bell pepper, rice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and Worcestershire sauce to the ground meat mixture.
  4. Stir the mixture and loc the lid in place with the valve in the Sealing position. Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking time expires, allow for the pot to Natural Pressure Release for 5 minutes. Then do a controlled quick release to releases any remaining pressure.
  6. Serve warm and top with shredded cheese as desired.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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