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Mexican Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

Try a flavorful new spin on a classic with these Mexican Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers. Loaded with flavor, fiber and protein and made easy in the air fryer, you won’t make stuffed peppers the same again!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Air Fryer
Servings: 6
Calories: 296kcal


  • Air Fryer (or oven)


  • 6 small/medium bell peppers
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef, cooked ground venison or turkey would also work
  • 1 15 oz Can of black beans no added salt
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilis
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional for extra heat
  • 4 tbsp shredded mexican style cheese


  • Cut the tops off of each pepper. Scoop out the seeds and any white ribbing in the center.
  • Place peppers in a shallow dish and fill the dish with 1/4-1/3 cup of water. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes to slightly blanch the peppers. They should be just slightly softened. Set aside.
  • Preheat air fryer to 370.
  • Brown ground beef (or venison or turkey) in a large non-stick saucepan. Drain any excess grease.
  • Add beans, green chilis, cooked rice, frozen corn, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (optional). Stir together over low to medium heat until the mixture is heated through and combined.
  • Fill each pepper with the meat mixture, pushing down the filling slightly and filling just slightly over the top of the pepper.
  • Place the peppers into the preheated air fryer basket, making sure to not overcrowd the basket. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Check the peppers when there is 5 minutes left to avoid burning them.
  • When there is 2-3 minutes left on the timer, sprinkle each pepper with 2 tsp of shredded cheese. Return to the air fryer to melt the cheese.
  • Remove the peppers when crisped and hot. Top with salsa, avocado, lettuce, and/or cilantro.


** All nutrition information is an estimate only. The nutrition information will vary depending on ingredients and amounts actually used in preparations.