Air-Fried Stuffed Sausage Peppers with Creamy Rotel Filling


  • 2-4 bell peppers, any color (cored and seeds removed)
  • 1 roll of breakfast sausage
  • 1 can (10 ounces) Rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil (for brushing peppers)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the breakfast sausage until fully browned and cooked through. Break it up into crumbles using a spatula as it cooks.
  3. Once the sausage is cooked, add the drained Rotel tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine. Allow them to cook together for 2-3 minutes, letting any excess moisture evaporate.
  4. Cut the cream cheese block into smaller cubes and add them to the sausage and tomato mixture. Stir continuously until the cream cheese is fully melted and combined, creating a creamy filling. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  5. Carefully stuff each cored pepper with the sausage and cream cheese mixture, ensuring they are well-filled.
  6. Brush the outside of each stuffed pepper with a little olive oil to help achieve a crispy exterior in the air fryer.
  7. Place the stuffed peppers in the preheated air fryer basket. Cook at 375°F (190°C) for 8 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.
  8. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each stuffed pepper during the last 2 minutes of cooking, allowing it to melt and become bubbly.
  9. Carefully remove the stuffed peppers from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes.
  10. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired, and serve warm.

Enjoy your delicious Air-Fried Stuffed Sausage Peppers with Creamy Rotel Filling

Here are some tips to ensure your Air-Fried Stuffed Sausage Peppers with Creamy Rotel Filling turn out perfectly:

  1. Choose the Right Peppers:
    • Select fresh, firm peppers for stuffing. Bell peppers work well for this recipe, and you can choose a mix of colors for a vibrant presentation.
  2. Preheat the Air Fryer:
    • Make sure to preheat your air fryer before cooking to ensure even and consistent cooking throughout.
  3. Drain Rotel Tomatoes:
    • Drain the Rotel tomatoes well to prevent excess moisture in the filling. This helps maintain a creamy consistency without making the peppers soggy.
  4. Customize the Sausage:
    • Experiment with different flavors of breakfast sausage to add variety. You can try spicy sausage for a kick or a milder version depending on your preference.
  5. Adjust Cream Cheese Amount:
    • If you prefer a creamier filling, you can add more cream cheese. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.
  6. Seasoning:
    • Season the filling with salt and pepper according to your taste. You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for extra flavor.
  7. Brush Peppers with Oil:
    • Brushing the outside of the stuffed peppers with olive oil helps them achieve a crispy texture in the air fryer. It also adds a nice golden color to the peppers.
  8. Monitor Cooking Time:
    • Keep an eye on the cooking time to prevent overcooking. Air fryer temperatures can vary, so check the peppers periodically to ensure they are cooking to your liking.
  9. Melted Cheese on Top:
    • Adding shredded mozzarella cheese on top during the last minutes of cooking allows it to melt and become gooey. Adjust the quantity based on your cheese preference.
  10. Garnish Creatively:
    • Garnish the finished peppers with chopped fresh parsley or other herbs for a pop of color and added freshness.
  11. Serve Promptly:
    • Air-fried dishes are best enjoyed right after cooking. Serve the stuffed peppers promptly to maintain their crispiness and ensure the filling is warm and creamy.
  12. Experiment with Air Fryer Settings:
    • If your air fryer has adjustable temperature settings, you can experiment with slightly higher or lower temperatures to achieve your desired level of crispiness

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