Simple Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

This air fryer stuffed peppers recipe has just the right combination of spices. We love it as an easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

Four stuffed peppers on a white plate.
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Air fryer stuffed peppers are easy to make with just one bowl to mix the ingredients together before stuffing them into sweet red bell peppers. The bell peppers come out perfectly tender after being air fried for just 15 minutes. This is also a great meal prep recipe as stuffed bell peppers reheat well and can even be frozen!

What kind of peppers for stuffed peppers?

We use red bell peppers in this recipe but you can use any bell peppers you have on hand: green, yellow, or even orange! Keep in mind that green bell peppers are the last sweet and red bell peppers are the most sweet. 

If you want to experiment with more stuffed peppers recipes, make sure to try these tasty ideas:

Close up of air fryer stuffed pepper.

Should you cook meat before stuffing peppers?

No. There is no need to cook the meat prior to stuffing them in the peppers as it cooks inside the pepper. However, if you are using rice, it will need to be cooked prior to being stuffed in the pepper.

How do you know when stuffed peppers are done?

The best way to know is using a meat thermometer to check the doneness of the ground beef. It should be heated to 160°F.

Can I omit the rice in this recipe?

Yes. If you want to make these stuffed peppers low-carb (or if you just don’t have any rice), you can follow the recipe without adding any rice. Depending on the size of the peppers, the peppers may be slightly less full.

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How long do cooked stuffed peppers last in the fridge?

Up to 3 days.

Do stuffed peppers freeze well?

Yes. Cooked stuffed peppers freeze very well. To freeze, wait until they are cooled completely. Place stuffed bell peppers in a freezer safe air-tight container and freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven or air fryer at 300°F until heated throughout.

Stuffed peppers arranged on a white plate.
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Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers Recipe

This air fryer stuffed peppers recipe has just the right combination of spices. We love it as an easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer stuffed peppers, stuffed bell peppers, stuffed peppers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 414 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 4 medium red bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  2. Slice the tops of the bell peppers off and remove the seeds from inside the pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, cooked rice, tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper.
  4. Spoon the beef mixture into each pepper, filling to the brim.
    Four red bell peppers filled with ground beef.
  5. Carefully placed stuffed peppers inside the air fryer.
    Stuffed bell peppers inside of air fryer.
  6. Air fry for 15 minutes, or until ground beef is cooked completely.
    Air fryed stuffed bell peppers on a white plate.

Recipe Notes

If desired, cheese can be sprinkled on top of the peppers during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 stuffed pepper)
Calories 414 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 835mg36%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 34g68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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