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Crispy Perfection: Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers have been a beloved dish for generations, offering a delightful combination of sweet, roasted peppers and a savory, hearty filling. Now, in the age of modern kitchen gadgets, we’ve found a way to elevate this classic recipe to a whole new level of deliciousness. Enter the air fryer, a culinary game-changer that imparts a remarkable crispy texture to your stuffed peppers, all while keeping them delightfully moist on the inside. In this article, we will explore the step-by-step process of preparing Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers.

Historical Context: The concept of stuffed vegetables dates back centuries and spans cultures. It’s believed that the Moors introduced stuffed peppers to Spain in the Middle Ages. Over time, the recipe evolved, incorporating ingredients like rice, meat, and various seasonings. The air fryer, a relatively recent invention, has revolutionized the way we cook, offering a healthier alternative to deep frying. Combining these two culinary traditions, we bring you the Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers.


Step 1: Prepare the Peppers

  • Wash the bell peppers and cut off the tops. Remove the seeds and membranes from the inside. Trim the bottoms slightly if needed to ensure they sit flat in the air fryer basket.

Step 2: Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (188°C) for about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Prepare the Filling

  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add diced onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.
  • Add the minced garlic and ground beef (or turkey) to the skillet. Cook until the meat is browned and cooked through, breaking it into crumbles as it cooks.
  • Stir in the cooked rice, diced tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until everything is well combined and heated through.

Step 4: Stuff the Peppers

  • Stuff each bell pepper with the meat and rice mixture, packing it in tightly.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each stuffed pepper.

Step 5: Air Fry the Stuffed Peppers

  • Place the stuffed peppers in the preheated air fryer basket, ensuring they stand upright. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Air fry at 370°F (188°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until the peppers are tender, and the cheese is golden and bubbly. You may need to rotate them halfway through for even cooking.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

  • Carefully remove the stuffed peppers from the air fryer using tongs.
  • Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs or a drizzle of your favorite sauce, such as marinara or sour cream.


prep time
20 minutes.
cooking time
20 minutes.
4 servings
total time
40 minutes.


  • Air fryer

  • Mixing bowls

  • Knife

  • Cutting board

  • Spoon or spatula

  • Tongs

  • Aluminum foil


  • 4 large bell peppers (red, green, yellow, or orange)

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (vegetarian options are also possible)

  • 1 cup cooked rice (white or brown)

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)

  • 1/2 cup diced onions

  • 1/2 cup diced celery

  • 1/2 cup diced carrots

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare peppers and preheat air fryer.
Sauté filling ingredients, then stuff peppers.
Air fry at 370°F for 15-20 minutes.
Serve hot, garnished as desired.
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