Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free)

If you are looking for an easy, quick, and hearty meal to feed your family tonight, look no further! These air fryer stuffed peppers are cooked to perfection in just minutes and will be a hit with everyone.

two air fryer stuffed peppers on a white plate.

Not only are these stuffed peppers delicious, but they are also gluten-free! So if you have someone in your family with gluten sensitivities or you are trying to eat less gluten yourself, these peppers will make a perfect filling meal.

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Why This Recipe Works 

Delicious – these air-fried stuffed peppers are packed full of flavor. The ground turkey is perfectly seasoned, and the rice is nice and fluffy.

Quick and easy – this recipe comes together in about 20 minutes and cooks in a fraction of the time that traditional stuffed peppers would take in the oven.

Gluten-free – as mentioned above, these peppers are perfect for those with gluten sensitivities or trying to eat less gluten.

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Ingredients and Notes

Turkey– we love using ground turkey for this recipe, but if you are not a fan of turkey, you can use any ground meat in its place. Some examples include ground chicken, ground beef, or ground pork.

Bell Peppers– we like to use green bell peppers for this recipe. However, feel free to mix it up and add any color of bell pepper that you prefer.

Rice– we like to use white or brown rice for this recipe, but you can use any rice that you have on hand. If you want to make this recipe even healthier, feel free to substitute the rice for quinoa.

Cheese– the cheese is optional, but I think it takes these peppers to the next level. I recommend using shredded cheddar or mozzarella if you decide to add cheese.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Prep

  1. First, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 3-5 minutes. 
  2. While your air fryer is preheating, cut the tops off of the peppers and remove all of the seeds. Next, dice up the tops of the peppers (except the stems) and set them to the side.
  3. Once your air fryer is done preheating, put the peppers in their fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes. While the peppers are being cooked, you can prepare the filling. 
  4. To make the filling for your peppers, you will first want to heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet on medium-high heat. 
  5. Once the olive oil is hot, you will want to add the diced peppers, and onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the veggies are soft.
  6. After that, add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until very slightly browned. 
  7. Next, add the ground beef and brown it until there is absolutely no pink.
  8. Now you will want to add in the salt, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and diced tomatoes and mix together to combine well. 
  9. Next, add the water and uncooked rice and stir well.
  10. Turn down the heat to the medium-low setting, cover your pan with its lid and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the rice is nice and tender.

Step 2: Cook

  1. Once the rice and beef mixture is cooked through, scoop it evenly into each of the peppers and put the peppers back into the air fryer. 
  2. Finally, cook the peppers in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 4 minutes and open the drawer, Last but not least, top the peppers with shredded cheese if you like and cook for an additional 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (If you decide not to use cheese, you can just air fry the peppers for a total of 8 minutes.)

Step 3: Serve

Serve with your favorite sides like a salad, some roasted veggies, or some hot fresh bread and enjoy!

top view of two air fryer stuffed peppers on a white plate.

Storage and Reheating

If you want to store and reheat your leftover Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers, you have a few great options!

Best Way To Store

Store any leftover air-fried stuffed peppers in an airtight container or freezer bag after they have completely cooled. You can also wrap them individually with cling wrap or aluminum foil.

How Long Will The Leftovers Last In the Fridge?

As long as your air fryer stuffed peppers with rice are properly stored, they can last in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can I Freeze Leftover Air Fried Stuffed Peppers?

Yes, you can! As long as they are properly stored, you can freeze your leftover air fryer stuffed peppers with rice in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

If the air fryer stuffed peppers with rice were kept in the refrigerator, heat one at a time in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate. Place the pepper stuffing side up and heat for about 2 minutes or until thoroughly warmed.

If your air fryer stuffed peppers are frozen, heat them one at a time in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate with the stuffing side up. Microwave for 2 minutes on full power. Then heat again in 15-second intervals until warmed through

To reheat them in the oven, place the leftover peppers in a casserole dish and cover—Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Expert Tips

  • If you want to make air fryer stuffed peppers with no rice, you could make air fryer stuffed peppers with quinoa instead.
  • To make meatless air fryer stuffed peppers (vegetarian), you can use vegan ground meat like Impossible or Beyond.
  • You can elevate this dish by making air fryer stuffed peppers with cream cheese. Simply add a bit to the meat mixture before filling for some extra cheesy flavor.
  • To make air fryer stuffed peppers keto, leave out the rice and add more meat and cheese instead.
close up view of two air fryer stuffed peppers.

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Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers FAQs

Can You Put a Pepper in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can! To prep your peppers in the air fryer in order to make stuffed peppers, you just need to cook them in the air fryer for 6 minutes.

How Long Do You Air Fry Stuffed Peppers? 

Once your peppers are stuffed, just pop them into the air fryer and cook them for 4 minutes. Then top your peppers with shredded cheese, cook for an additional 4 minutes and voila! They are ready to serve.

Do I Need to Boil My Bell Peppers Before Stuffing Them?

For this air fryer stuffed peppers recipe, you do not need to boil your peppers before stuffing them! Your peppers are prepped in the air fryer so it makes this recipe easy-peasy!

Why Are My Stuffed Peppers Soggy?

Your stuffed peppers may become soggy if you overcook your peppers. Also, be sure to avoid adding any extra liquids to the filling before cooking to keep the peppers from getting too soggy.

Is it Better to Parboil Peppers for Stuffed Peppers?

You can parboil your peppers before stuffing if you wish. However, you can easily prep your peppers in the air fryer for just 6 minutes without having to boil them and dirty up another pot.

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Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free)

These air fryer stuffed peppers are cooked to perfection in just minutes and will be a hit with everyone. Plus, they are gluten free!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, easy, gluten free
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Jessica

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 green bell peppers
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 C uncooked white or brown rice
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese optional

Instructions

  • First, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 3-5 minutes.
  • While your air fryer is preheating, cut the tops off of the peppers and remove all of the seeds. Next, dice up the tops of the peppers (except the stems) and set them to the side.
  • Once your air fryer is done preheating, put the peppers in their fryer basket and cook for 6 minutes. While the peppers are being cooked, you can prepare the filling.
  • To make the filling for your peppers, you will first want to heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Once the olive oil is hot, you will want to add the diced peppers, and onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the veggies are soft.
  • After that, add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until very slightly browned.
  • Next, add the ground turkey and brown it until there is absolutely no pink.
  • Now you will want to add in the salt, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and diced tomatoes and mix together to combine well.
  • Next, add the water and uncooked rice and stir well.
  • Turn down the heat to the medium-low setting, cover your pan with its lid and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the rice is nice and tender.
  • Once the rice and turkey mixture is cooked through, scoop it evenly into each of the peppers and put the peppers back into the air fryer.
  • Finally, cook the peppers in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 4 minutes and open the drawer, Last but not least, top the peppers with shredded cheese if you like and cook for an additional 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (If you decide not to use cheese, you can just air fry the peppers for a total of 8 minutes.)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Dairy-Free Sub: leave off the cheese or use vegan cheese.

Expert Tips

  • If you want to make air fryer stuffed peppers with no rice, you could make air fryer stuffed peppers with quinoa instead.
  • To make meatless air fryer stuffed peppers (vegetarian), you can use vegan ground meat like Impossible or Beyond.
  • You can elevate this dish by making air fryer stuffed peppers with cream cheese. Simply add a bit to the meat mixture before filling for some extra cheesy flavor.
  • To make air fryer stuffed peppers keto, leave out the rice and add more meat and cheese instead.
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two air fryer stuffed peppers on a white plate.
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    If you are looking for an easy, quick, and hearty meal to feed your family tonight, look no further! These air fryer stuffed peppers are cooked to perfection in just minutes and will be a hit with everyone.

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