Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

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Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers have bacon, green onion, and cheddar cheese mixed in with the cream cheese to make a rich and creamy filling for mini peppers.

>> For more air fryer appetizers try these Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes or Air Fryer Cranberry Brie Bites.

baked cream cheese stuffed peppers on a plate

Make these for a party or for appetizers anytime. They make great snacks for a game night or when you’re having friends over, because they can easily be picked up to eat.

Using the air fryer to make these appetizers is definitely the way to go, because it takes less time than in the oven and you can keep making fresh batches so they’re always hot when eaten.

What You’ll Need

These mini pepper cream cheese appetizers are easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients for cream cheese stuffed peppers

Mini peppers – The peppers we use for this are mini sweet peppers, with no heat to them. You will want to remove the seeds and ribs, but that’s not due to heat, like with jalapenos. If you prefer more heat, you’ll want to use jalapenos instead – then you can vary the heat based on how many seeds and ribs you leave in.

Cream cheese – It’s best to use a full fat cream cheese. Philadelphia cream cheese is great. You can even use a variation, like garlic and herb or garden vegetable.

Cheddar cheese – Shredded cheese helps bind together the cream cheese filling so it doesn’t just pour right out of the peppers. You can use yellow or white cheddar, or Monterey Jack or Mozzarella.

Bacon – Just 2 slices is all that’s needed. Cook it to well done so it’s easy to crumble.

Green onion – You could also use chives. I don’t like to use raw white onion because the flavor is overwhelming to the filling.

Seasonings – Dried oregano, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper

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Cooked peppers in the air fryer basket

Why Use an Air Fryer

With an air fryer, you place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp—much like deep-frying, but without the oil. Compared to deep-frying, using an air fryer can reduce the amount of fat, calories, and potentially harmful compounds in your food.

How to Make Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds and ribs. I like to leave the green stem on the peppers, but it’s just for show. You can remove the stem if you want.

Mini peppers cut in half

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, crumbled bacon and green onions. Stir it all together until it’s well combined.

cream cheese mixture in a bowl

You can store the cream cheese mixture for up to a day before using it, in case you’re prepping ahead for something. Otherwise, go ahead and fill each pepper half with the cream cheese filling. I like to put in enough just to the top of the pepper, but don’t overfill. The excess will end up bubbling over in the oven.

Place the peppers spaced out in the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 6-8 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

uncooked peppers in the air fryer basket

At this point, the pepper is still a little bit crunchy and it holds up well when you pick up a pepper. If you want the peppers to be completely cooked through, you can continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes. But they will be hard to pick up.

baked cream cheese stuffed peppers on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Should the peppers be pre-cooked before stuffing?

No, these peppers are so small that they cook along with the filling. If you pre-cook them, they will be soggy and overcooked.

baked cream cheese stuffed peppers on a plate

Can I use bell peppers instead of mini peppers?

Yes, if you can’t find mini peppers, you can cut up a bell pepper into slices and use those as “boats” for your cream cheese filling. However, the filling won’t stay on the pepper as well, so larger slices are recommended.

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Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers have bacon, green onion, and cheddar cheese mixed in with the cream cheese to make a rich and creamy filling for mini peppers.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 19 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Pieces
Calories 67 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 8 mini peppers
  • 6 ounce cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds and ribs.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, crumbled bacon and green onions. Stir until well combined.
  • Fill each pepper half with cream cheese filling.
  • Place the peppers spaced out on a baking sheet. Cook at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 634IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cheese, Cream Cheese, Peppers
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