Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

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These air fryer jalapeno poppers are quick, easy, and super tasty! These perfect little appetizers are simple to make in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

I am a jalapeno popper fiend. Every year at Christmas my grandmother makes delicious jalapeno poppers and I have very fond memories of sitting on the floor with a plate full of poppers, ready to stuff my face. These flavors work really well together and are great in this bacon-wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken.

But my one complaint is that jalapeno poppers take forever to cook. You have to leave them in the oven long enough that the bacon gets crispy, the cheesy center gets warm and creamy, and the jalapeno gets nice and tender. It’s at least 30 minutes. Way too long to wait!

We’ve found a way to skip the wait. The air fryer! Everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance once again comes to the rescue. Now we can make delicious poppers in minutes.

What You Need

Jalapenos – halved, seeded and ribbed.

Cream cheese – softened

Seasonings – garlic powder, cumin and salt

Bacon – thin sliced bacon works best so that it can crisp up quickly and evenly.

How to Make Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Start out with nice firm and plump jalapenos that are big enough to cut in half and hold a scoop of filling.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Don’t forget to wear your kitchen gloves when cutting and deseeding jalapenos! The oil can get on your hand and is easily transmitted to your face and eyes if you have an itch. Been there, don’t want to go again.

Cut the jalapenos in half the long way. To remove the extreme heat from the peppers, take out the seeds and ribs. That is where the heat comes from. If you like your poppers very spicy leave some seeds and ribs in.

Raw Jalapeno Poppers

Mix an 8oz package of softened cream cheese in a bowl with garlic powder, cumin and salt.

Fill each jalapeno half with the filling and wrap with half a slice of bacon. You may want to secure the bacon with a toothpick. Bacon tends to shrink as it cooks and it might unwrap a bit. I don’t mind this. It adds character.

Add the bacon-wrapped jalapenos to your air fryer basket in a single layer. Don’t crowd them. They will cook better if the air can circulate around each one.

Raw Jalapeno Poppers

Cook at 360 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Do keep in mind that every air fryer cooks a bit different so yours may require more or less time. I always take a look at the peppers at the halfway point to make sure everything’s good. You can adjust the cooking time then, if necessary.

I like the poppers to be soft and the bacon nice and crispy. If you want a bit more crunch to the peppers, shorten the cook time.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. 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. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Can You Freeze Jalapeno Poppers?

Yes! I would suggest freezing them raw. Fully cooked poppers can be soft. They may get even softer and mushy when thawed. You can stuff and wrap them and then freeze them to cook later.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

The joy of using the Air Fryer to cook these is that you can pull a few out of the freezer whenever you want them and it only takes 11 minutes to cook them.

Tips and Tricks

  • Try getting jalapenos that are all the same size, that way they all cook the same. Bigger jalapenos are easier to fill and hold filling better.
  • Use kitchen gloves when cutting and deseeding the jalapenos. Make sure to avoid getting the oil on your fingers and touching your face.
  • If you want a more mild pepper remove all of the seeds and ribs. For more spice, leave some in.
  • The bacon will shrink as it cooks, so try to wrap it leaving the ends under the popper or secure it using a toothpick.
  • If you don’t want to use bacon try topping the poppers with seasoned bread crumbs.
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Jalapeno Poppers Ahead of Time?

Yes, definitely. Since the majority of the work involves the jalapeno peppers, getting the prep work out of the way early is a great idea. You can prep the jalapenos, make the filling, stuff the poppers and then either refrigerate or freeze for future use. You can refrigerate them wrapped up tight in plastic wrap for a 3-5 days. They will last for 6 months in the freezer.

Do I Need to Use Oil in the Air Fryer Basket?

No, you don’t need extra oil for this recipe. The bacon will come out nice and crispy and add oil to the basket so the jalapenos shouldn’t stick.

Can I Cook Jalapeno Poppers in the Oven?

Yes. If you don’t have an air fryer the oven is a great way to cook them. Add them to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 400° F (200C) for 15-18 minutes, depending on the size of the jalapeno, or until bacon is brown and crispy.

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Jalapeno Poppers

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

These air fryer jalapeno poppers are quick, easy, and super tasty! These perfect little appetizers are simple to make in the air fryer.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, appetizer, bacon, jalapeno
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 20 Poppers
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Jillian Morris

Ingredients

  • 10 jalapenos, halved, seeded and ribbed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 slices of bacon, halved

Instructions

  • Cut jalapenos in half long ways. Remove the seeds and ribs.
  • Mix softened cream cheese, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Taste and add more seasoning if desired.
  • Fill each jalapeno with filling. Cut bacon in half. Wrap jalapenos in bacon and secure with a toothpick
  • Fill air fryer basket with jalapenos, making sure they don't touch. Cook at 360 degrees for 10-12 minutes checking half way through.

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Notes

Don’t forget to wear your kitchen gloves when cutting and deseeding jalapenos!
Do keep in mind that every air fryer cooks a bit different so yours may require more or less time.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

  1. Margaret Carmen says:

    First of all, I love that you are a high school musician who loves to bake! That is so cool!
    This recipe looks great and I am excited to try it. I plan to assemble them early in the day then cook them right before we plan to eat them. My family will love this! Great technique for the air fryer!

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