Ninja Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers Super Tasty!

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Air fryer minced beef stuffed peppers bring together the sweetness of the peppers and the savoury taste of the minced beef making a delicious starter or meal.

In addition to being delicious, air fryer stuffed peppers are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Bell peppers, especially when they retain their vibrant colours through air frying, are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, which boost immunity and promote healthy skin.

The filling, with its lean protein, provides a well-rounded meal that will keep you satisfied and nourished.

stuffed peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers (assorted colours)
  • 454g lean beef mince
  • 200g cooked rice or quinoa
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 115g grated cheddar cheese

Note: Feel free to adjust the quantities according to your preferences and serving size.

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How To Cook Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 200C/400F.
  2. Slice the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside.
  3. Once the air fryer has preheated, place the empty peppers into the air fryer and air fry for 6 minutes. (I experimented and partially cooking the peppers works better).
  4. In a suitable air fryer container add the minced beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a silicon spatula or tool.
  5. Air Fry at 200C/400F until the minced beef has browned. Once the meat has browned add the onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, paprika and season. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Place the cooked rice or cooked quinoa into a bowl.
  7. Remove the minced beef from the air fryer.
  8. Add the minced beef to the rice and mix everything.
  9. Stuff the hollowed bell peppers with the minced beef mixture, ensuring they are evenly filled.
  10. Line the air fryer basket with foil or greaseproof paper to catch any spills. Place the stuffed peppers in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 200C/400F for approximately 12-15 minutes or until the peppers have softened and the filling is heated through.
  11. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the stuffed peppers during the last few minutes of cooking. This allows the cheese to melt and create a golden topping.
  12. Once cooked, carefully remove the stuffed peppers from the air fryer and let them cool slightly before serving.

Tips for Perfectly Cooked Stuffed Peppers

  1. Choose peppers that are similar in size for even cooking. If they do not sit properly take a small slice off the bottom of the pepper or slice lengthways.
  2. Cook the peppers for a few minutes to start the softening process.
  3. Precook the beef filling before stuffing it into the peppers.
  4. Don’t overstuff the peppers to avoid uneven cooking and spillage.
  5. Adjust the cooking time and temperature based on your air fryer model.
  6. Allow the stuffed peppers to rest for a few minutes after cooking to let the flavours settle.

Stuffed Peppers Variations

While the classic recipe for air fryer minced beef stuffed peppers is delicious, why not explore some creative variations?

Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

1. Mediterranean Twist: Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Add crumbled feta cheese and chopped Kalamata olives to the filling mixture.

Sprinkle some fresh dill and drizzle a bit of lemon juice over the stuffed peppers before air frying.

Serve with a dollop of tzatziki sauce.

feta and olives

2. Tex-Mex Delight: Spicy Stuffed Peppers

Try adding diced jalapeños, corn and black beans to the filling.

Season with chilli powder, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of cumin for an extra layer of spice.

Top with a sprinkle of shredded Monterey Jack cheese and serve with a side of creamy guacamole.

corn jalapenos black beans

3. Italian Caprese Stuffed Peppers

For a taste of Italy replace the minced beef with a mixture of diced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and chopped basil leaves.

Drizzle a balsamic glaze over the peppers before air frying to add a tangy sweetness.

Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

basil mozerella tomato

4. Vegetarian Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

If you prefer a vegetarian option, substitute the minced beef with cooked quinoa and an assortment of sautéed vegetables such as courgettes, mushrooms, and spinach.

Season with your favourite herbs and spices, and top with a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese.

Cooking display with herbs

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Frequently Asked Questions

While minced beef is the classic choice, you can experiment with ground turkey, chicken, or even plant-based alternatives like lentils or textured vegetable protein for a vegetarian twist.

Place any remaining stuffed peppers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 200C/400F for 6-8 minutes.

You can freeze stuffed peppers by wrapping each pepper individually in cling film and placing them in a freezer-safe container.

They can be stored for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in the air fryer at 200C/400F for 6-8 minutes.

Stuffed peppers go beautifully with a fresh garden salad, garlic bread, or even roasted potatoes. The choice is yours!

garlic bread

Prepare the stuffing mixture a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to stuff and air fry the peppers.

Yes, you can. Simply preheat your oven to 190C / 380F and bake the stuffed peppers for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.

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