Ninja Foodi Stuffed Peppers

Ground beef, rice, tomato sauce and seasonings combine in a savory mixture for these Ninja Foodi stuffed peppers. Baked all in one pot and topped with melted cheese, this classic recipe can be on the table in 30 minutes!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • HEALTHY – These Ninja air fryer stuffed peppers are made with lean ground beef and low fat mayonnaise. With only 13 grams of fat per serving, they are perfect for those keeping their fat intake to a minimum.
  • LOW PREP – Use leftover or precooked rice, chop some onion, and trim the tops off the peppers and your prep work is done!
  • FAST – Minimal prep along with sautéing and baking all in one pot means these stuffed peppers with rice and beef are done in about 30 minutes!
stuffed peppers with rice and beef

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Tools Needed to Make These Stuffed Peppers in Ninja Foodi

Since prep is minimal and everything is cooked in the Ninja air fryer, you don’t need a lot of kitchen equipment. Here’s what I used:

Ingredients for Ninja Foodi Stuffed Bell Peppers

ingredients for this easy stuffed bell peppers air fryer recipe include ground beef, bell peppers, white rice, tomato sauce, onions and seasonings

List of Ingredients

This is the full list of ingredients I used to make this stuffed peppers Ninja Foodi recipe, but see below for recommended substitutions. And don’t forget the Tips & FAQs below for suggestions to make it low carb or vegetarian.

  • Lean grass-fed ground beef
  • White onion
  • White rice
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Large bell peppers
  • Cheddar cheese (optional)


Ground beef You could also use ground chicken, turkey or pork sausage in this recipe. Sausage or turkey would be considerably more fatty than the lean ground beef, though.

White rice Brown rice, jasmine or basmati rice, or even a rice mix would work in this recipe. Use what you have on hand or whatever is your favorite, just make sure it’s precooked.

Handy tip!

If you don’t have any leftover rice for this recipe, get some precooked rice at the grocery store. It’s a bit pricey but it sure saves time when you’re trying to get dinner on the table.

Tomato sauce Instead of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes work nicely in this recipe, but you may want to cook off some of the liquid before stuffing the peppers. I’ve also used crushed tomatoes and even some salsa when I was out of tomatoes.

Bell peppers I typically shoot for four servings in my recipes so I called for large peppers here. If you would like smaller servings or need to feed more, use smaller peppers. You may need to adjust cooking times (see tip in FAQs below).

How to Cook Stuffed Bell Peppers in the Ninja Foodi

Step 1 Saute the ground beef and onion, chopping fine with the meat masher, until cooked through. Trim the tops off the peppers while the meat and onions cook.

For these stuffed bell peppers, healthy ground beef is sautéed with onions.

Step 2 Add the rice, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, and seasonings to the pot and stir together with the beef and onions until thoroughly mixed.

Sautéed ground beef and onions mixed with white rice, tomato sauce, and seasonings are combined in the Ninja Foodi to make stuffed bell peppers with rice and beef

Step 3 Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture.

baked stuffed peppers in Ninja Foodi cooking pot

Step 4 Add a cup of water to the empty cooking pot and add the crisping tray in the lower position. Bake on 325° for 15-20 minutes. If using, top with shredded cheese the last few minutes of baking.

A yellow stuffed bell pepper on a dark plate with red, orange, and green stuffed peppers in the background

FAQs About Ninja Foodi Stuffed Peppers

This recipe was written to be low fat, but a few simple subs can flip the macros to create a low carb or keto meal.

  • use cauliflower rice in place of white rice
  • use full-fat mayo instead of low-fat
  • use ground meat with higher fat content
  • add cheese!

To make easy vegetarian stuffed bell peppers in the air fryer, swap the ground meat for pinto or black beans or a meat substitute.

Depending on the size of your peppers and how soft you like your peppers cooked, you may need to adjust the baking time. If you’re using smaller or shorter peppers, start checking for doneness about 10 minutes into the bake time. Conversely, if you like softer peppers, you may need to bake for about 20 minutes or longer.

If you don’t have a multi cooker, you can make this recipe on the stove and in the oven. Just fry the meat and onion in a large skillet and add the rest of the stuffing ingredients to the pan when the meat is cooked.

Stand the peppers in a baking dish and stuff them. Cook in the oven at 360° for about 20-25 minutes.

Recipe Card for Ninja Foodi Stuffed Bell Peppers with Rice and Beef

stuffed peppers with rice and beef

Ninja Foodi Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ground beef, rice, tomato sauce and seasonings combine in a savory mixture for these Ninja Foodi stuffed peppers. Baked all in one pot and topped with melted cheese, this classic recipe can be on the table in 30 minutes!


  • 12 oz 92% lean grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise, low fat
  • 1 tsp parsley, dried
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 large bell peppers, any color
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)


  1. Add the ground beef and chopped onion to the Ninja Foodi cooking pot. Cook on SEAR/SAUTE at the temperature 4 setting until cooked all the way through and onions are transluscent.
  2. While the meat and onions cook, trim the tops off the peppers and remove the cores and seeds.
  3. When the meat is cooked through, add the rice, tomato sauce, mayo, and seasonings to the cooking pot and stir together.
  4. Scoop the filling into the hollowed out peppers. Make sure there is no filling mixture left in the cooking pot.
  5. Pour a cup of water into the cooking pot and place the crisping tray in the lower position. Place the stuffed peppers on the crisping tray. If your peppers are too tall to close the lid, you can leave out the crisping tray and place the peppers directly in the cooking pot.
  6. Close the lid and select the BAKE/ROAST setting. Cook at 325° for 15-20 minutes.
  7. When there are two minutes left on the timer, open the lid and top the peppers with shredded cheese if using. Continue cooking for the remaining time.
  8. Serve with a side salad for a deliciously healthy meal.

Nutrition Info for Stuffed Peppers with Rice and Beef

Below is the nutrition panel for this recipe. Keep in mind that the information is based on the recipe as written. Any substitutions or additions will change the amounts.

nutrition label for stuffed bell peppers with rice and beef

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