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Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

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.

stuffed pepper cut in half on a white plate with 3 stuffed peppers in the background

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.

cilantro, lime juice, peeled garlic, chipotle peppers, salt, and cerveza in a food processor

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.

Related: 15 Recipes for the Instant Pot Air Fryer

browned ground beef before and after cooking down the chipotle cerveza mixture

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. 

4 bell peppers stuffed with ground beef in an air fryer basket

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. 

stuffed peppers in the air fryer topped with pepper jack cheese

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:

You could also convert the chorizo filling from my air fryer jalapeño poppers into stuffed bell peppers.

If you have a recipe question I didn’t cover, drop a comment at the bottom of the post and I’ll help you out. And if you decide you’d rather make something a bit easier, check out my deconstructed stuffed pepper soup.

Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 4 Stuffed Peppers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Simple ground beef stuffed bell peppers with pepper jack cheese in the air fryer.


  • 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


  1. 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.)
  2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the beef is cooked, add the cerveza mixture and cook for 8-10 minutes until a spatula leaves a trail. Stir occasionally.
  4. 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

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Flynn O

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Made these for a work event with Butcher Box beef and they are excellent. Great source of protein and vit c in the veggies. Everyone enjoyed them. I did some w rice for the vegetarians in office.

Heather Winn

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

15 out of 10! These are the best air fried peppers I have ever made and eaten. It is a regular in our rotation and the best part, it makes delicious leftovers for lunch the next day.


Monday 9th of November 2020

What is a good side with these? Serving them minus the beer to my fire house of big dudes

Mason Woodruff

Monday 9th of November 2020

Hard to go wrong with rice and beans. I'd go black or refried. If your firemen are concerned with carbs, go with some cilantro lime cauliflower rice or a blend of cauli and regular rice.

Lea T

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

These might be the easiest thing I’ve ever made that legit tasted gourmet! I threw this together so quickly and was shocked at how it turned out- they were even better the next day! (I ate them cold & still to die for).

I don’t have an air fryer so I just baked in the oven & they were perfect. Just be careful with the adobo sauce...I dumped a van in without measuring and about sent my boyfriend to the hospital. Oops.


Saturday 3rd of October 2020

This recipe was really good. I was surprised at how much I liked the meat flavor. I wasn’t sure about how it would go with the beer. I had to cook mine for longer than the recipe says to get it to not be so runny, but otherwise, this was an easy recipe.

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

I'm very hoppy to hear you enjoyed!

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