Trendy kitchen item of 2017: Air Fryer! I am obsessed with mine. Besides the oven, it is the most used item in my house. When I saw Skinny Taste’s Mini Bell Pepper Loaded Turkey Nachos I became inspired. I definitely don’t go as awesome as her recipe, but my take gets the job done. 

The biggest obstacle with using an air fryer in general is space. I had to start cooking my peppers way before I began cooking the meat because I had to do multiple batches. IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT! Each pepper had enough structure for the meat and cheese but melted in my mouth. Also that char, so good! 

Air Fryer Pepper Nachos


  • 1 LB lean ground beef (96/4 is what I used)
  • 5 bell peppers, sliced into quarters (20 total)
  • 4oz can of green chiles 
  • 1 packet taco seasoning.
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Arrange single layer of pepper quarters in the air fryer. Spray with cooking spray and season with S&P. Cook at 400 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Repeat till all peppers are cooked. After each batch, carefully transfer to tinfoil-lined baking sheet. 
  2. While the peppers are going, heat a skillet to medium-high heat and brown the ground beef. Toss in the green chiles. Add taco seasoning per packet instructions and simmer. 
  3. Set your oven to broil. On the baking sheet that peppers were transferred to, add a spoon of the taco meat to each pepper. Top each with cheese. Place tray in the oven for 1-2 minutes, just enough to melt the cheese. 
  4. Enjoy! As an afterthought, I realized I should have added some salsa or maybe some sour cream for an extra SmartPoint or two. 


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