Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Peppers

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Whip a batch of these healthy and flavorful instant pot taco stuffed peppers tonight! They are easier than you think and come out looking so pretty!

Taco stuffed peppers are made with a combination of rice, taco meat, green chilies, and spices. They cook up quickly and don’t require any extra accessories for your instant pot. Just use the trivet that your pot came with and you should be ready to make this easy weeknight meal.

A collage of two photos of bell peppers filled with taco meat and the words "Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Peppers".
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Taco inspired instant pot stuffed peppers

It’s no secret that we love taco night around here. Some of our favorite taco recipes are instant pot salsa chicken tacos, Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas crockpot beef tacos, and grilled chicken tacos.

I also love creating dishes inspired by tacos, that not actually tacos. Like black bean and chicken taco salad, taco stuffed shells, nacho cheese casserole, instant pot taco casserole, and instant pot cheesy taco pasta

Close up of instant pot taco stuffed peppers.

So when it dawned on me that I had not yet shared an instant pot stuffed pepper recipe, I knew I needed it to be a taco-inspired stuffed pepper. And it certainly did not disappoint! The instant pot taco stuffed peppers are incredibly easy to make and so fun to eat out of an edible bowl! 

Choosing bell peppers

Although the red and yellow peppers made for pretty pictures, they also serve a purpose. They tend to be sweeter than green bell peppers, making them more family friendly. They are also slightly more money per bell pepper, so keep that in mind if you are trying to save money on groceries.

Switching to green bell peppers will save a few cents. No matter which bell pepper you choose for these taco stuffed peppers, the cooking time stays the same.

A dish filled with four instant pot taco stuffed peppers.

Are stuffed bell peppers low carb?

Yes, if you omit the rice. Simply don’t add the rice in this recipe and keep the cooking time the same.

Can stuffed peppers be frozen?

Yes. We have frozen these fully-cooked stuffed peppers for up to 2 months. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave or oven, until the center is hot.

You may also like: Instant Pot Roast Beef

Red and yellow taco stuffed peppers.

Can stuffed peppers be frozen before cooking?

Yes. The taco stuffed peppers can be prepared to the point of cooking and frozen. Simply add 50% more time when cooking. So you would go from 8 minutes to 12 minutes on high pressure.

4 instant pot taco stuffed peppers in a serving dish.

Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Peppers

Aileen Clark
Whip a batch of these healthy and flavorful instant pot taco stuffed peppers tonight! They are easier than you think and come out looking so pretty!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 476 kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 1-ounce packet taco seasoning
  • 1 4-ounce can mild diced green chilies
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 4 large bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese


  • Pour water and trivet inside Instant Pot.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, taco seasoning, green chilies, and cooked rice. Set aside.
    The filling for instant pot taco stuffed peppers inside a red bowl.
  • Slice tops of bell peppers off and remove seeds from inside peppers.
    Red and yellow bell peppers with the tops sliced off.
  • Scoop ground beef mixture into each pepper and fill just to the top. 
    A red bowl filled with taco meat, next to 4 bell peppers.
  • Carefully place stuffed peppers inside Instant Pot® so they are standing upright on trivet. 
    taco stuffed peppers inside an instant pot.
  • Close lid and set pressure release to sealing.
  • Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 8 minutes.
    A finger pointing to a button on the instant pot.
  • Quick release pressure and remove peppers. 
  • Sprinkle peppers with cheese and serve hot.
    4 instant pot taco stuffed peppers in a serving dish.


Serving: 1gCalories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 37gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 705mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5g
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We love this healthier spin on taco night. Instant Pot taco stuffed peppers for the win!
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  1. Finally! A stuffed pepper recipe that actually has some flavour to it! I’m going to be trying this on Friday.