Have you jumped on the air fryer bandwagon yet? This trendy kitchen appliance promises a crispy, fried texture without all the added oil and grease. One of my favorite recipes to make in the air fryer is stuffed bell peppers. They are such an easy recipe for dinner or lunch, and the whole family will love them! This is such a simple recipe for some true comfort food.
The outside of the pepper gets perfectly roasted while the filling inside stays hot and cheesy. I like to fill mine with quinoa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and lots of gooey sharp cheddar cheese. Air fryer stuffed bell peppers make a tasty and healthy weeknight meal that even picky eaters will love. Best of all, they’re ready in just twenty minutes thanks to the power of the air fryer. Give them a try tonight for an easy yet satisfying dinner option.
What Are Stuffed Peppers?
Have you ever found yourself wondering about stuffed peppers? What exactly are they and where do they come from? Stuffed peppers, also known as “peppers popper” or “bell peppers stuffed with meat, rice, and/or vegetables,” originated in the Mediterranean region. They have become popular around the world and can be found in a variety of cuisines, including Italian, Mexican, and American.
While traditional recipes typically call for ground beef or pork and rice as the stuffing, there are also vegetarian versions filled with quinoa or lentils. The peppers are usually roasted in the oven before being served as a main dish or side dish. So next time you come across stuffed peppers on a menu, you’ll know exactly what to expect: deliciously tender roasted bell peppers filled with savory stuffing. Bon appetit!
Can You Cook Stuffed Bell Peppers In Air Fryer
Yes! It’s a great alternative to traditional baking or stovetop cooking and it results in perfectly crisp and tender bell peppers.
Serve hot and enjoy a delicious and healthy meal that was made effortlessly in the air fryer.
The Best Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Looking for a healthy and tasty meal that can be cooked in just 20 minutes? Look no further than these air fryer stuffed peppers! The colorful bell peppers are stuffed with a mixture of black beans, corn, and ground turkey, all seasoned with taco seasoning for a Mexican-inspired twist.
The air fryer gives the peppers a crispy exterior while keeping them tender and juicy inside. Top with avocado and salsa for added flavor and serve with rice or quinoa for a complete meal. Trust us, these stuffed peppers will quickly become a weeknight staple in your household. Give them a try tonight and taste the deliciousness for yourself!
If you have been looking for some easy and delicious air fryer recipes for your air fryer this is one of the best, and it is made with simple ingredients, found at your local grocery store!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Stuffed Bell Peppers
Made with a few recipes, it can be customized to any of your favorite seasonings, or meats, the full recipe, and directions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Meat: Use ground beef, Italian sausage, ground turkey, and ground chicken, or even make this a vegetarian dish by using rice!
- Fresh Bell Peppers: Nothing is better than using different colors, so get some green bell peppers, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, and orange, ones for a colorful dinner!
- Onions: Use finely diced onions for great texture and flavor.
- Shredded Cheese: Use freshly shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Seasonings and Spices: Use Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
How To Cook Stuffed Pepper In Air Fryer
Start by cutting the tops of the peppers, and then removing the seeds.
In a skillet, add the olive oil, and saute the onion, and ground beef, until browned. Drain if you have a lot of fat, then add it to a small mixing bowl, add in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Add the meat mixture to the inside of the hollowed-out bell pepper.
Place the bell peppers in the air fryer at 370 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 10 minutes. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, and remove it as soon as the cheese is melted.
Pro Tips For The Best Air Fried Stuffed Bell Peppers
Are you looking for a tasty and healthy alternative to traditional deep-fried stuffed bell peppers? Look no further than air frying! Air frying allows you to get that crispy outer crust while easily cooking the inside, making for a perfect stuffed pepper.
Here are some pro tips to ensure your air fryer stuffed peppers come out delicious every time:
- Cooked: Make sure to thoroughly cook any meat or grains before stuffing the bell pepper halve.
- Meat: Use lean ground beef, ground pork, or lean ground turkey, or make these vegetarian by using cauliflower rice, brown rice, or cooked rice.
- Timing: Since everyone has a different air fryer the cooking time will vary based on whether you are using an air fryer basket or an air fryer oven.
- Cheese: You can use freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, Colby jack cheese, or vegan cheese.
Storing and Freezing Stuffed Peppers
Storing: If you have any leftovers let the bell peppers cool to room temperature, and then place them into an airtight container. They will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Freeze: This is a great recipe that you can easily freeze, let them cool to room temperature and then place the whole bell pepper into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Place into the freezer it will last for 3 to 5 months.
Reheat: When ready to reheat, thaw the peppers overnight in the refrigerator before baking or microwaving. Stuffed peppers make a great meal prep option, with proper storage and freezing techniques allowing you to enjoy them any time of year.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Stuffed Bell Peppers
Looking for a delicious and healthy dish to serve with your air fryer stuffed bell peppers? Look no further!
Some great ideas are a simple side salad, Air Fryer Baked POtaotes, or even white rice. This is a great meal that will soon be a family favorite!
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This is such an easy recipe. My mother used to make these all the time when I was a small child. They make a great meal to make ahead, and just pop in the air fryer, when you are ready to cook them. This will soon become a family favorite and it’s a kid-favorite, who doesn’t like to eat their meal out of a pepper?
- 2 large bell peppers
- 3 tablespoons onion diced
- 1/2 cup ground beef
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese mozzarella
Start by cutting the top of the pepper, and then removing the seeds.
In a skillet, add the olive oil, and saute the onion, and ground beef, until browned. Drain if you have a lot of fat, then add it to a small mixing bowl, add in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salat, and pepper. Mix well.
Add the meat mixture to the inside of the hollowed-out bell pepper.
Place the bell peppers in the air fryer at 370 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 10 minutes. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, remove as soon as the cheese is melted.
Plate, serve, and enjoy!