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Close up shot of red, green and yellow air fryer stuffed peppers in an air fryer.

Air Fryer Mexican Stuffed Peppers

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These delicious air fryer Mexican stuffed peppers are filled with a hearty mix of rice, cheese, taco-seasoned beef and topped with more melted cheese.


Units Scale
  • 4 large bell peppers
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded and divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut off the tops of the bell peppers, core them then remove any ribs and seeds.
  2. Over medium heat in a skillet, cook the ground beef until browned, breaking up any clumps, about 3-5 minutes. Drain off any fat or grease, remove beef and set aside.
  3. Add in onions and tomato paste and saute until onions are soft, about 1 minute.
  4. Toss in garlic and saute for another 30 seconds.
  5. Return ground beef back to the skillet and season with taco seasoning. Pour in some water according to the taco seasoning package directions (usually about 3/4 cup water) and cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked down and the seasoning has absorbed into the meat.
  6. Add in cooked rice and stir to mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Stuff the bell peppers with alternating layers of beef and rice mix and 1 cup of cheese
  8. Preheat air fryer to 360°F and air fry peppers for 10 minutes.
  9. Top the bell peppers with the leftover cheese and air fry for another 2-3 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  10. Dish and serve hot.
  11. Enjoy!


  • This recipe assumes you have an air fryer with a preheat option. If you do not, run your air fryer for 4 minutes at 360°F to preheat it evenly before adding in the stuffed peppers and following the recommended recipe time.
  • Add more stuffing – Try adding corn, black beans, or Rotel for some variation to the stuffing.
  • Bacon or chorizo – Add little bursts of flavor with bacon bits or diced chorizo.
  • Add some spice – Toss in diced green chiles, jalapenos, or a few shakes of red pepper flakes.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins