These air fryer jalapeno poppers are quick, easy, and super tasty! These perfect little appetizers are simple to make in the air fryer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
- 10 jalapenos, halved, seeded and ribbed
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 slices of bacon, halved
- 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.