Air-Fryer Stuffed Chiles with Pork

These hearty stuffed chiles are packed with a savory filling made from pork, zucchini and black beans. Once stuffed, the chiles are delicate, so use caution when transferring to the air-fryer basket. A crumble of cotija cheese finishes these chiles for a satisfying main dish.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Pork Chile Rellenos
Photo: Photographer: Brie Passano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 poblano peppers

  • Cooking spray

  • 8 ounces lean ground pork

  • ¾ cup diced zucchini

  • ½ cup chopped white onion

  • ½ cup rinsed canned black beans

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese

  • Tortilla chips & salsa verde for serving (optional)


  1. Lightly coat poblanos with cooking spray. Arrange in a single layer in the basket of a 6-quart air fryer. Cook at 400°F, flipping once, until the skins are charred, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pork, zucchini and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the pork with a wooden spoon, until the pork is cooked through and the zucchini is tender, 5 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add black beans, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cilantro.

  4. Carefully peel the skin from the peppers and cut a slit, lengthwise, down one side of each pepper; remove and discard seeds.

  5. Gently stuff the peppers with the pork mixture. Carefully arrange the peppers in the air-fryer basket (they'll be delicate). Cook at 400°F until heated through, about 5 minutes.

  6. Top the stuffed chiles with cotija. Sprinkle with additional cilantro, if desired. Serve with chips and salsa, if desired.


6-quart air fryer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
12g Fat
14g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Vitamin A 953IU 19%
Vitamin C 58mg 64%
Vitamin D 5IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 37mcg 9%
Vitamin K 12mcg 10%
Sodium 632mg 27%
Calcium 186mg 14%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 35mg 8%
Potassium 555mg 12%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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