Instant Pot Pizza Peppers

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A delicious way to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza while sticking to your health goals. These Instant Pot Stuffed Pizza Peppers are a unique twist on a stuffed pepper recipe and a delicious treat to satisfy your pizza cravings.

How to make pizza stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot, a delicious option to enjoy all of your favorite pizza flavors and toppings while sticking to your health goals.

Instant Pot Stuffed Pizza Peppers Recipe

I blame pizza lunches at school and Friday pizza nights growing up for my weekly pizza cravings.

Every week like clockwork, I crave all things cheesy and toppings-packed… but eating pizza every week isn’t exactly budget-friendly anymore. As a result, we’ve developed waaaay too much pizza-inspired recipes on the blog, from Pizza Donts to Pizza Sliders… even Pizza Roses.

This week, I’m bringing you a healthier take on pizza – Instant Pot Stuffed Pizza Peppers, filled with tender and fluffy tomato-garlic-flavored quinoa and topped with plenty of cheese and pizza toppings. (I’m a pepperoni, black olives and jalapenos girl, but you top with whatever you like.)

These quinoa-stuffed bell peppers are a healthy option to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza and make a great meal-prep option for an indulgent-tasting treat throughout the week.

close-up of a bell pepper stuffed with quinoa and topped with melted cheese, black olives and pepperoni

To make these pizza-stuffed peppers in advance, prepare the quinoa mixture and fill the peppers but do not top with shredded cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook, then proceed with the recipe as written.

To freeze pizza-stuffed peppers, prepare them (with or without the cheese topping) then freeze in single layers in a ziptop freezer bag or your favorite freezer containers. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking as directed.

Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? Check out our full collection here!

shot of a fork pulling a cheesy bite out of a pizza-stuffed bell pepper

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pizza Peppers

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: add red chile flakes or any additional seasonings to amp up the flavor. Swap out the toppings for your personal favorites.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Instant Pot <– I’m so excited to upgrade to this one with air fryer capacities soon! (You can also just buy the lid which adds the air fryer capacity to your standard IP.)
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula – I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
  • Sharp Kitchen Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Cheese Grater
a white tray lined with pizza-stuffed bell peppers on top of a denim napkin

How to Make Pizza Stuffed Peppers in the Instant Pot

In the instant pot, combine quinoa, water, tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper and butter.

Secure lid and set IP to high for 3 minutes.

Natural release for 10 minutes, then remove lid and stir the quinoa to fluff up.

Remove the quinoa to a bowl and wash out the Instant Pot.

in-process images of how to make pizza peppers in the Instant Pot

Place the trivet in the chamber of the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.

Core out the bell peppers and slice in half.

Scoop the quinoa filling into the bell peppers, then top with shredded cheese and preferred pizza toppings.

Place the stuffed peppers on the trivet (use a piece of tinfoil, if needed)

Secure lid and set IP to high for 10 minutes, then quick release when done.

Pin this Easy Pizza Stuffed Peppers recipe for your next Pizza Night or meal prepping session:

A delicious way to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza while sticking to your health goals. These Instant Pot Stuffed Pizza Peppers are a unique twist on a stuffed pepper recipe and a delicious treat to satisfy your pizza cravings.

Grab your free printable recipe card for our Instant Pot Pizza Peppers recipe:

Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Pizza Peppers

Instant Pot Pizza Peppers

A delicious way to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza while sticking to your health goals. These Instant Pot Stuffed Pizza Peppers are a unique twist on a stuffed pepper recipe and a delicious treat to satisfy your pizza cravings.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet Bell Peppers
  • 1 cups Quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 ounces Tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoons Butter, optional
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese
  • Pizza Toppings of Choice

Instructions

  1. In the instant pot, combine quinoa, water, tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper and butter.
  2. Secure lid and set IP to high for 3 minutes.
  3. Natural release for 10 minutes, then remove lid and stir the quinoa to fluff up.
  4. Remove the quinoa to a bowl and wash out the Instant Pot.
  5. Place the trivet in the chamber of the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  6. Core out the bell peppers and slice in half.
  7. Scoop the quinoa filling into the bell peppers, then top with shredded cheese and preferred pizza toppings.
  8. Place the stuffed peppers on the trivet (use a piece of tinfoil, if needed)
  9. Secure lid and set IP to high for 10 minutes, then quick release when done.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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close-up of a bell pepper stuffed with quinoa and topped with melted cheese, black olives and pepperoni

I hope you love this quinoa-stuffed pizza peppers recipe as much as I do!

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