This short and sweet air fryer stuffed peppers recipe pairs a chipotle cerveza ground beef with pepper jack cheese to make a lower carb Tex-Mex treat. Each pepper is packed with 31 grams of protein and is highly customizable when it comes to filling options, but we’ll get to that.
I’ll run you through the recipe below and cover a few extra tips and ingredient notes along the way. And you’ll find a printable recipe at the bottom of the post as always.
Step 1: Blend chipotle peppers in adobo, garlic, cilantro, salt, cumin, and a cerveza together.
Careful adding the salt to the beer. It’ll create some foam. Hash tag science!
If you don’t have a beer on hand, you can swap the cerveza for chicken or beef broth. The alcohol will cook off, for what it’s worth, only leaving you with some great flavor. You can also use non-alcoholic beer like the Texas Select I used to make my chicken carnitas.
And in case you’re a cilantro hater, try swapping it for ground coriander like I use for my Shredded Mexican Chicken.
Step 2: Brown a pound of ground beef before adding the chipotle cerveza mixture. Cook until a spatula leaves a trail.
I used the new Instant Pot Air Fryer and Pressure Cooker combo to make these air fryer stuffed peppers. So you’ll notice in the photos below I prepared the chipotle cerveza ground beef directly in the Instant Pot before air frying. You can definitely use a pan over medium-high heat, though.
Pro tip: When the recipe says brown the ground beef, it means let it hang out on both sides to develop some color before crumbling to finish cooking. I’ll spare you the rants from my sweet chili ground beef and brussels sprouts or loaded ground beef and potatoes and just say—leave that beef alone!
Just be sure you reduce the beef mixture until a spatula leaves a lasting trail. Air frying the beef and peppers will reduce the excess moisture but only to a certain extent. You don’t want to cut into your stuffed peppers and have juices run everywhere.
Step 3: Remove the tops, seeds, and membranes from 4 bell peppers, stuff the peppers with beef, and air fry for 12 minutes at 375ºF.
If you’re using a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook in batches. And if you decide to use some other filling options with more ingredients like rice, beans, or corn, you’ll need more peppers. Four large bell peppers fits the chipotle ground beef perfectly.
Step 4: Top with cheese and air fry for another 8 minutes at 375ºF.
I used pepper jack, but you can use any type of cheese here. You can get an idea of how much cheese three ounces is on top of the peppers. If you wanted to save some fat, you could cut back a little bit. Or if you use a leaner ground beef, you could add some extra cheese in the actual beef mixture before filling the peppers.
More Filling Ideas for Your Stuffed Peppers
In my opinion, the ground beef is the star of the show here. And like I mentioned above, the beef fits perfectly in four peppers for air frying. So I kept it simple with the filling. If you wanted to add some extras, check out some of my favorite recipes that would work great as a filling for stuffed bell peppers:
- Mexican Stuffed Poblano Peppers
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers
- Low Carb Italian Stuffed Peppers (or my Instant Pot Bolognese for rice-free)
- Greek Stuffed Peppers
- Tex-Mex Ground Beef and Rice
- Instant Pot Ground Turkey Taco Meat
- Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
You could also convert the chorizo filling from my air fryer jalapeño poppers into stuffed bell peppers.
If you get creative, don’t forget to let me know. And if you have a recipe question I didn’t cover, drop a comment at the bottom of the post and I’ll help ya out!
- 1 lb Ground Beef (93/7)
- 4 large Bell Peppers
- 12 oz Cerveza*
- 2 (60g) Chipotle Peppers in Adobo + Sauce**
- 2 Tbsp (30g) Lime Juice
- 5 cloves (30g) Peeled Garlic
- 1-2 handfuls Cilantro
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
- 3 oz Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
- Add the cerveza, chipotle peppers, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, and salt to a food processor. Blend until smooth. (The beer will foam when you add the salt.)
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the beef is cooked, add the cerveza mixture and cook for 8-10 minutes until a spatula leaves a trail. Stir occasionally.
- Cut the tops off the peppers and remove any seeds. Fill the peppers with the beef and air fry for 12 minutes at 375ºF. Top with the cheese and air fry an additional 6-8 minutes at 375ºF.
*I used Modelo Especial. Any light beer would work. You could also swap the beer for chicken or beef broth.
**These stuffed peppers are on the milder side. If you wanted to increase the heat, you could double the chipotle peppers.
Nutrition Facts Notes
- Each stuffed pepper has 9 WW SmartPoints (blue).
- To reduce the fat and calorie content, you could use leaner ground beef (96/4), turkey, or chicken. You could also reduce the cheese.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Stuffed Peppers Serving Size: 1 Pepper
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 16gCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 31g