Stuffed Green Pepper in the #InstantPot

Here’s another thing I don’t ever want to make any way other than in the Instant Pot!

Charlie loves stuffed green peppers, so I make them now and then. Not very often, because I have to cook the pepper first, then stuff it, then cook it all again. Notice I don’t say I cook the stuffing: I only make them when I have leftover rice.

So I had made rice and kale together–Oh, I should have posted that recipe first! Well, I’ll do it next week, if I remembered to take a picture.

ANYWAY, I had leftover rice/kale. I added some tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and shredded cheese. I got all ambitious and chopped up two sausage links and cooked them and put them in, too. You could use beef or chicken or no meat at all. We’re light eaters (you’d never know it to look at me), so I halved and cored one pepper.

Here’s where I made my mistake: After putting a cup of water into the Instant Pot, I put a steamer insert in. I should have made little boats or something for the pepper halves to rest on the insert, because some of the stuffing leaked out and made the insert difficult to clean. But I didn’t; I just put each stuffed pepper half into the insert.

I set the thing (you know the thing) to Pressure, not Vent, and cooked it for 20 minutes, which means closer to an hour, because it has to come up to pressure then cook, then I forget about it while I check Facebook, you know?

So it came out like this:

The pepper was melt-in-your-mouth.

I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about the kinda sorta Hot Brown I made, also with mostly leftovers.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Is your main character a heavy eater or a light eater? Does their size show that or not?



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One thought on “Stuffed Green Pepper in the #InstantPot

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      Marian Allen

      October 2, 2018 at 8:24am

      I wished I had made a whole one for each of us, so we could have had leftovers another day!

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  1. Leslea

    October 2, 2018 at 8:04am

    Your peppers turned out better than mine. I’m going to try again, though. Tim loves them. I’m going to use less liquid, I think.

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      Marian Allen

      October 2, 2018 at 8:24am

      Yeah, I usually use tomato sauce, but I used paste this time, and we liked them better less saucy.

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  2. Deborah

    October 2, 2018 at 6:01pm

    We like stuffed peppers too, but I rarely make them cause too much clean up. Those look really good!

    I made beef stew this morning in my Instant Pot for lunch. I am loving this new kitchen tool!

    I’ve learned a trick to getting the pressure up quicker…even if not using the Saute feature turn it on while doing all your prep to warm up the pot. It will build pressure faster b/c it’s hotter to start with. I seared the beef cubes, then sweated the onions, garlic, and celery after deglazing the pot so, once I put the all the rest of the ingredients back in it came to pressure in 5 or 6 minutes.

    I wonder if the peppers would do well in the double pots that I bought as an accessory to use in the Instant Pot for stuff just like your peppers. If anything fell out it would be in the little pot and still edible. Here’s a set like I bought.

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      Marian Allen

      October 3, 2018 at 3:31pm

      Thanks for the link! I’ll give those a long look and see if I already have something that would work as well. I’m all about jury-rigging.

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  3. joey

    October 2, 2018 at 6:40pm

    YUMMY! The Mister and I love them, but NONE of the kids like them. I dunno. Buncha weirdos. Yours look delicious and I am awaiting my dinner now, so um, YUMMY!

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