Quickly make these delicious sweet bell peppers in the air fryer. They are stuffed to perfection with a ground turkey and brown rice mixture and then smothered with golden melted cheese.
I am very fond of dinners that come together quickly yet are healthy and full of flavor. That’s exactly what these Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers are.
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The stuffed peppers can easily be a meal all by themselves, but they also pair nicely with a fresh salad. If you are looking for more of a stuffed pepper appetizer, I have a hot stuffed pepper and a stuffed mini sweet pepper recipe that I know you’ll enjoy.
This recipe is super simple to make and everyone loves them. They hold up well being stored in an airtight container in the fridge or individually wrapped and frozen.
Ingredients for Stuffed Sweet Peppers
I am a big fan of colorful food. There’s just something about food that looks appealing that makes it taste better, too. For that reason, I love using red, yellow, and orange bell peppers for stuffing. Of course, green peppers work just as well, the color is just preference.
ground turkey breast
salt & pepper
Air Fryer Stuffed Bell Peppers
Start by cooking the rice according to the directions on the package. Then, set the cooked rice aside.
Wash and dry your peppers. You will need to use 4 – 6 peppers, depending on their size. Cut off the tops with the stem and discard. You’ll want to make sure the peppers can stand on their own. Avoid wobbly peppers, or your stuffing may spill out and create a mess inside your air fryer. Trim the bottoms slightly, if necessary, to make them flat.
Scoop out the insides, and set the peppers off to the side.
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Add the ground turkey, breaking it up as it cooks. To do this, I use a handy dandy meat chopper. It’s one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets.
Add in the minced garlic, onions, parsley, and salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the turkey begins to brown, then add in your cooked rice and tomato sauce. Stir everything together until it is well combined, then remove from heat.
With a spoon, fill each pepper with the turkey and rice mix. Set them into your pre-heated air fryer. Cook at 380°F for 8 minutes.
Keep in mind that all air fryers are different so use the cooking time as a guide. You may need to add more or less time depending on your appliance and/or the size of your bell peppers.
You’ll notice the peppers starting to pucker and blister. Sprinkle mozzarella on top of the stuffed peppers and continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese becomes melted and golden.
Carefully remove from the air fryer and serve.
Meat – I use ground turkey breast, but you can certainly use ground beef or sausage.
Rice – I like brown rice, but feel free to use long-grain white, or even cauliflower rice if you’re counting carbs.
Sauce – I usually always have homemade sauce on hand, but your favorite jarred variety will work just as well.
The sweetness of the bell pepper combined with the savory turkey and rice stuffing makes this meal satisfying and delicious. It’s going to become a new favorite!
Air Fryer Recipes
I have been a big fan of air fryers since I first opened that box years ago and saw this monstrously large kitchen appliance. My first thought – where the heck am I going to put it?! Funny thing is, now, I would be happy to remove every other item from my kitchen counter in order to make room for the air fryer. We use it every. single. day.
Give some of my other popular air fryer recipes a try:
Air Fryer Brown Sugar Pork Chops
Air Fryer Sirloin Steak
Air Fryer Seasoned Sweet Potatoes
Air Fryer Chicken Finger Pizza
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Air Fryer Stuffed Sweet Peppers
- 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 6 bell peppers
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 3 tbsp romano cheese
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp minced onion
- 1 tbsp parsley
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside.
- Wash and dry peppers. Cut off the tops with the stem. Make sure peppers can stand. Trim the bottoms, if necessary, to make them flat. Scoop out the insides. Set aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in large skillet on medium-high. Add the ground turkey, breaking it up as it cooks. Add in garlic, onions, parsley, and salt & pepper; continue to cook until it begins to brown, pour in cooked rice and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Remove from heat.
- With spoon, fill each pepper with the turkey and rice mix. Set into pre-heated air fryer. Repeat with each pepper. Cook at 380°F for 8 minutes.
- Add mozzarella to top of peppers and continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Carefully remove from air fryer and serve.