Fall is in full swing and It’s time to dig out all of your fresh produce recipes.
Obviously, if you need more, head to Pinterest.
If you are as lucky as I am, you either have a garden or someone who keeps gifting food to you from their garden.
My dad has a huge garden full of peppers and tomatoes every year.
Good for me there comes a time, when everyone with a garden seems like they are drowning in fresh produce.
I say “bring it on”.
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From my dad’s garden, I had bags and bags of bell peppers, poblano peppers, Jalapenos, and didn’t want to waste even one.
Seriously, I could eat stuffed peppers every week, and I have several favorite recipes I like to make every fall. The whole family loves them.
Until now, I have always baked them and I’m fine with that.
However, this year as I was digging out my favorite pepper recipes, my daughter-in-law asked me if I had ever tried making stuffed peppers in my Air Fryer?
She said it was super easy and they turn out perfect every time.
I had to admit, I hadn’t bought one yet.
As much as I cook and love to buy the latest and greatest appliance, I had just never bought an air fryer. Maybe I should rethink this.
They seem so big and I don’t want another monster appliance taking up any more counter space.
I bet you agree, I can almost see you nodding your head.
Well anyway, I got to work on researching as I always do when I’m going to buy something new. I ended up buying one that was bigger than I expected. But I’m so very happy I did.
I decided on COSORI MAX XL 5.8 Qt. and I have never looked back.
This Air Fryer came with a recipe book with over 100 recipes! Try the fried pickles!
Let me just say, I love air-frying and I love my new air fryer.
I had no idea I could cook not just frozen food in minutes, but steak, tilapia, shrimp & peppers, burgers, and more. The best? Chicken wings!
It might get out of control.
But let’s get to the stuffed peppers I just made, should we?
- 6 fresh bell peppers (any color)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 14 oz can black beans
- 1 cup cooked rice (brown or white)
- 2 cans Rotel Tomatoes
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup cheese of your choice
- Cheddar Cheese- lots
- salt & pepper
- Brown hamburger until no longer pink
- Cook onion with beef until translucent
- Mix in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute
- Turn heat to medium heat ( you don't want to lose the juice from tomatoes
- Add tomatoes, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce
- Fold in rice
- Mix in cheese ( I use cheddar or pepper jack)
- Preheat the air fryer too 355º for 5 minutes
- Wash peppers and cut off tops
- Stuff peppers with meat mixture. I fill them full.
- Carefully place peppers in the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes until peppers are soft. This time varies a bit based on the size of the peppers you have.
- Open the air fryer and sprinkle each pepper generously with your favorite cheese.
- Cook 2-3 more minutes to melt the cheese.
- If you are using very large peppers, you can cut them in half before stuffing.
- You can bake the peppers at 350º for 25-35 minutes covered with foil. Remove foil sprinkle with cheese and bake an additional 10-12 minutes.
- Some like to blanch the peppers for 5 minutes before stuffing. I do not.
- Peppers freeze well. They are best when frozen before cooking but it works both ways.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 412Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 1073mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 33g
Can You Freeze Stuffed Peppers?
Absolutely and it’s so easy. But here’s a tip I picked up.
DON’T COOK THE PEPPERS FIRST.
I mean you still cook the filling, but stuff the pepper raw. I put each pepper I want to freeze into its own baggie.
You just pop them in the freezer and when you want a quick dinner, get out your air fryer and cook them by adding only a minute or two. They turn out delicious!
Stuffing Peppers is Personal
There is no end to all of the stuffed pepper recipes out there.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own favorite ingredients.
Plus, you don’t need to use Bell Peppers, try Poblano, Jalapeno, or something new.
I know I had a lot of peppers this fall, but remember they are available in the grocery store all year long.
Try these great recipes from fellow Food Bloggers:
Mexican Stuffed Peppers from Closet Cooking
Cream Cheese Stuffed Plabano Peppers from Chili Pepper Madness
Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers from Little Family Adventure
Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers from Skinny Taste
Please let me know how your peppers turned out in the comments below!