Our air fryer stuffed peppers recipe makes for a quick and delicious dinner loaded with beef, sausage, rice, and cheese! These stuffed peppers in the air fryer cook in half the time as they do in the regular oven!
I was never a huge fan of bell peppers growing up, but now I can’t get enough of the red ones! The green ones can go to someone else, but the sweet red peppers are all mine. Whether they’re raw and crisp or cooked and tender, I absolutely love them.
We often make stuffed peppers here, filled with a delicious blend of beef and sausage, loaded with rice and cheese, and baked until tender. However, we’ve discovered a game-changer – making them in the air fryer!
Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers cook in about half the time they would in the oven!!
- Peppers – You’ll need 4 large peppers. Look for ones that are somewhat flat on the bottom so you can stand them upright. Any color works – we prefer the sweeter red variety, but green, yellow, or orange peppers are all fine.
- Filling – We’re using a mixture of lean beef, Italian sausage, rice, and tomatoes.
- Seasoning – We keep things simple and season with onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning.
- Cheese – We usually go for shredded cheddar, but any cheese you have in your fridge should work fine.
How to Make Stuffed Peppers in an Air Fryer:
- Brown the meat – Brown the beef and Italian sausage together, crumbling it as it cooks.
- Filling – Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and let them soften. Stir in the rice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasoning. Mix well.
- Prepare the peppers – Rinse the peppers and dry them off. Cut off the tops and make sure they fit in your air fryer standing upright. Remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers and discard them.
- Air fry the peppers – Add the peppers to the air fryer, keeping them upright. If you’re having trouble keeping them upright, you can use little balls of foil to help support them. Spoon the filling from your skillet into the peppers. Air fry for 12-15 minutes at 360 degrees F. Sprinkle the tops of the peppers with cheese and let them sit in the air fryer for an additional minute.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- If you love peppers, you can save the tops and dice them up. You can later add them to the filling in the pepper or save them for another use.
- Did you know that red bell peppers are just more ripe green bell peppers? The more red the pepper, the riper it is and the sweeter it will be!
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