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Air fryer stuffed peppers arranged on white plates and garnished with green onions.

Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

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  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 peppers
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers with ground turkey, rice and salsa are easy to make and cook in half the time as traditional stuffed peppers in the oven. Serve them with a side salad for a filling lunch or dinner!


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup chunky medium salsa
  • 3 large bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons grated tex mex cheese


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the ground turkey, chili powder, garlic powder and salt, and fry together until the turkey is fully cooked to a safe temperature of 165F.
  2. Stir in the cooked rice and salsa and let the mixture heat through for a few minutes.
  3. While the turkey mixture is cooking, prepare your peppers by cutting the tops off and scooping out the seeds and membranes.
  4. Grease the bottom and sides of the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the unfilled peppers in the basket. Air fry on 400F for 5 minutes.
  5. Pull the air fryer basket out and carefully add the turkey filling to the peppers and continue air frying for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Add the grated cheese to the tops of the peppers for the last 2-3 minutes of air frying.
  7. Serve immediately with additional toppings such as salsa, guacamole and chopped green onions.


  1. I used a mix of red, orange and yellow bell peppers, but you can use all of one kind or some green peppers.
  2. You’ll want to use peppers that are roughly the same size and have sturdy bottoms so they can stay upright in the air fryer.
  3. If your peppers are small, you will have some turkey filling leftover. You can always fill extra peppers and air fry in batches if you need to.
  4. Make sure the peppers are not too tall for your air fryer. Once they are filled and topped with cheese, they shouldn’t be touching the heating element in the air fryer.
  5. You can use store-bought or homemade salsa. Just make sure it is chunky and not too watery. I used a medium salsa in this recipe, but you can use mild or hot depending on your preference.
  6. I didn’t over do it on the seasoning, so feel free to add more to suite your taste. How much seasoning you add depends on how salty and spicy your salsa is.
  7. I used tex mex cheese, but you can also use mozzarella or cheddar. I would just stick with regular cheese instead of light as it melts better.
  8. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.