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Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup [VIDEO]

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup is hearty and delicious, the best part is that you don’t have to pre-cook the rice. The soup is ready in about 30 minutes.

Soup Recipes are my favorite to make in the Instant Pot. Usually, they are the easiest and take less time and effort than the same recipe on the stove or slow cooker. I love making Stuffed Peppers in the pressure cooker and in the oven, and this soup is perfect for when you want the same flavors, without all the extra effort. You should also try my Instant Pot Lasagna Soup and the very tasty Ham and Bean Soup.

The Best Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup is such a comforting meal you can make in just about 30 minutes in your electric pressure cooker. It is packed with ground beef, rice, bell peppers, and a savory broth! One of a kind dish that can be enjoyed during the busy weekdays. 

My favorite part is that after you brown the beef, you basically dump the rest of the ingredients and cook. This hearty soup is made with browned ground beef, rice, bell peppers, tomatoes, and dried herbs.

You can also make this dish with lean ground beef, chicken, or even turkey. It tastes like a delicious stuffed pepper, without all the hard work. Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of mozzarella or parmesan cheese.

How do you make Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup:

This soup is very easy to make, there are two methods, one that uses cooked rice and one that uses uncooked rice:

Making Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup using cooked rice:

If you already have cooked rice on hand, this is the perfect method for you. Also, if you choose to go this route, your rice will taste perfect, as it hasn’t been soaked in liquid.

  1. Follow the recipe directions and brown the beef, sauté the onion and garlic.
  2. Add all the ingredients per recipe directions, but skip adding the rice.
  3. Use 1-2 cups less of liquid, than what the recipe asks for. Depends on how thick you want the soup.
  4. Cook the soup for 4 minutes on HP with a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice into individual bowls, right before serving.

Making Pressure Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup using uncooked rice:

If you don’t have cooked rice on hand and would prefer to not dirty another pan, this method is for you. Also, this works great if you are looking to make the recipe in one pot and very quickly. The rice won’t be as perfect in texture, but it will still taste delicious.

  1. Follow the recipe directions and brown the beef, sauté the onion and garlic.
  2. Add all the ingredients per recipe directions including the uncooked rice, preferably you should rinse it before you add it to the pot.
  3. Cook the soup for 4 minutes on HP with a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

How long do you cook Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup?

This is one of the quickest and easiest recipes you can make in the pressure cooker. It is cooked in only 4 minutes on High Pressure, followed by a 10 minutes natural pressure release.

How to make Stuffed Pepper Soup in the Slow Cooker?

You can easily make this recipe in the slow cooker as well. It is equally hearty, delicious, and flavorful. 

  1. Brown the beef: Start by browning the beef first. Once browned, transfer it to the crockpot, along with other ingredients except for the rice.
  2. Cook: Next, close the lid, and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. About 20-30 minutes prior to serving, add the rice. Then, stir it occasionally so it does not stick to the bottom. 
  3. Serve: Enjoy it warm with your favorite toppings. 

Topping Suggestions:

  • Bacon crumbs or chopped bacon
  • Shredded parmesan cheese or Mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped green onion
  • Diced chives
  • A dollop of sour cream
  • Chopped parsley

What to serve with Stuffed Pepper Soup?

This hearty and comfort dish goes well with the following:

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How to freeze Instant Pot stuffed pepper soup?

  • If you intend on freezing this soup, I recommend you do do NOT cook the rice with the soup. As if you freeze it with the cooked rice in the soup, once you thaw it, the rice texture will be affected.
  • Cook the soup using the “cooked rice” version, which means you don’t add the uncooked rice to the pot, but rather add cooked rice to the liquid before serving the soup.
  • Also, I recommend using quart bags to freeze this soup. Use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into the bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.
  • To thaw the soup, remove it from the freezer the night before serving, or put the sealed soup bag in warm water to thaw it faster.
  • Heat in a soup pan, simmer for a few minutes. Stir in cooked rice into individual bowls right before serving.

Expert tips and tricks:

  • Use leaner beef, or you can also use ground chicken, ground turkey, ground Italian sausage.
  • Adding some bacon to cook with the beef will add an amazingly rich flavor to the soup.
  • Using fresh onion and garlic will also add lots of flavors.
  • Also, feel free to use regular diced tomatoes if you wish, but the fire-roasted ones give it extra flavor. 
  • Adding dry herbs, like thyme and oregano, will add more flavor.
  • Rinse the uncooked rice before adding it to the soup.

Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup is hearty and delicious, the best part is that you don't have to pre-cook the rice. The soup is ready in about 30 minutes.
  • Prep Time15 MIN
  • Cook Time15 MIN
  • Servings 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground chicken
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cups beef broth or chicken broth or 4 cups if making the cooked rice method
  • 1 cup uncooked Basmati rice or 2 cups cooked white rice if making the cooked rice method
  • Chopped parsley


  • Select Saute from the Instant Pot menu, and wait for it to read Hot.
  • Add olive oil to the pot, and add ground beef. Cook unmoved for 1 minute, to get a nice sear on it, this will add extra flavor.
  • Using a wooden spoon break the beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring often. This will take about 4 minutes.
  • Add the diced onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, dried thyme, Italian Seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and uncooked rice if using. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Note: if using cooked rice, you should NOT be adding it to the pot.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients: tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and bell peppers.
  • Add beef broth or chicken broth and stir to combine.
  • Cover with the lid and lock it. Point knob to sealed and cook for 4 minutes on High Pressure, followed by a 8 minutes Natural Pressure Release.
  • Release manually the remaining pressure. Open the lid and stir.
  • Open the lid and stir.
  • If you are using cooked rice, add the soup to bowls, and stir in cooked rice individually into each bowl right before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.
  • If you added the rice to the soup, once you refrigerate it, the rice will absorb more liquid and will also change in texture a bit, becoming softer. When reheating it, add more broth or water to it. Simmer for 1 minute.

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Mark E

Mark E

Have made this several times. Used cooked and uncooked white rice. Prefer the rice cooked in the soup. That being said, I want to substitute brown rice or quinoa. What cooking adjustments should be made? Or should I cook them separately and add after?



What about doubling this recipe in a 8 qt. Pot



Delicious wouldn't change a thing But I would like to know how to go about doubling the recipe . Got family that all want to try what I rave about Thanks Bill

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

happy that you loved the recipe!



Using the 'cooked rice method', is a 6qt large enough to double the recipe?

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

No, a 6qt will be a bit too small for doubling.

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