Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers

September 28, 2020Kristy
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Add a Halloween spin on dinner with these Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers, easy to make with simple ingredients in just about 20 minutes!

One of my favorite go-to recipes in the air fryer is air fryer stuffed peppers, but I also love that you can make them festive for Halloween with Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers. 

I actually made these YEARS ago, back when my son was just a little toddler for Halloween.  I still remember how much he loved them, so I thought we’d revisit them again for this upcoming Halloween.

How do you make Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers?

  • Orange Bell Peppers will be the pepper of choice for these, you will want to be sure you can find some that are a bit longer and wide to be able to carve a little face. 

Remember do not worry if you have to get smaller peppers because that’s all the store has, trust me when I say that your family will love that you made these more than the perfection of the face on the pepper. I promise.

  • Once you have the peppers ready, you will want to cut the top off the pepper and take the seeds out.  Then, carefully carve a small pumpkin-inspired face on the side. 

If the pepper is a little uneven, just trim up the bottom so it sits right.

  • A small knife works the best for these, carve any type of face and mouth that you want on the pepper.

Can you freeze stuffed peppers?

Yes!  I used to freeze stuffed peppers all the time years ago when I made freezer meals regularly.  These can be made in advance, you would completely stuff the peppers, but skip cooking them.  

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That means you fill them with the stuffing, which the meat will be cooked.  Once they are filled, pack them in freezer-safe storage containers until you are ready to eat them.  Once you are ready to eat them, defrost them and cook them in the air fryer as instructed on this recipe. 

What do you need for Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers?

  • 4-6 Orange Bell Peppers
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 Package Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 3 Green Onions, Sliced
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Olive Oil Spray

This is all you need to make these tasty Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers.  They are perfect served with some Air Fryer Corn on the Cob. We like to pair them with baby corn on the cob.

This recipe does make enough for 6 peppers; however, in our air fryer, we fit 4 at a time.  So this means you can cook an extra 2 or we like to just use the leftover stuffing for tortillas later on in the week.  It’s completely up to you!

Time to enjoy some tasty Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers.

Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers

Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make some delicious Air Fryer Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers!


  • 6 Orange Bell Peppers
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 Package Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning
  • 3 Green Onions, Sliced
  • 2 Cups White Rice, Cooked
  • 2 Tbsp Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Salsa


  1. In a skillet or in the pot of a Ninja Foodi, brown the ground beef and add in the taco seasoning as instructed.
  2. Mix in the green onions and cooked rice. Set aside.
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray.
  4. Cut the top off each bell pepper and clean the inside out.
  5. Using a very small sharp knife, carefully carve a pumpkin face in the side of the pepper.
  6. Stuff each pepper with the mixture.
  7. Place the peppers in the air fryer basket. Leave the top of the pepper off for now. My air fryer basket fits 4 peppers.
  8. Cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes in the air fryer.
  9. Open the air fryer, spray each pepper with olive oil cooking spray.
  10. Top with cheese and put the top of the pepper back on.
  11. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  12. Remove and serve.
  13. Repeat the steps for the additional 2 peppers if needed.
  14. Serve with salsa!


Nutritional information will vary based on the type of meat you use.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 28g


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