Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are the perfect blend of cheese and spice. This recipe has just a few ingredients and is quick enough for an afternoon snack or party appetizer.

jalapenos stuffed with white filling with specks of green and orange cheddar, wrapped in bacon on parchment paper and small white plate with green onion and air fryer in background; beige cloth with black dots in background

If you’re looking for a spicy appetizer to make for a party these jalapeño poppers are exactly what you need and they pair nicely with our Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. Using your air fryer (if you don’t have one you totally need to get one) you can make them in 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onion, and bacon.  If you’re a fan of these but want to try it in dip form you’ve gotta try our Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Dip.

What’s the best way to cut a jalapeño?

You’ll want to wear gloves when cutting jalapeños as they contain capsaicin, which is the oil in peppers that makes them hot. Otherwise, it can make your hands and anything you touch burn for couple hours.

If you do happen to get some of the oil on your hands wash your hands immediately with a grease-cutting soap. Also, some say that alcohol or dairy (fat like milk or yogurt) can help minimize burning. To prepare the peppers, cut them in half and scrape all seeds from the inside. Removing the vein in the pepper can also lower the heat level if you wish.

What’s in the filling?

This simple and delicious filling is made with just a few ingredients – cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onion. If you don’t have cheddar cheese you can use Colby jack or mozzarella cheese, but cheddar cheese adds more flavor. You can also add a little salt. However, I recommend tasting the filling before adding it since cheddar cheese and cream cheese add some salt.

What’s the easiest way to wrap the jalapeño with bacon?

Once you stuff the peppers, you’ll need to par cook the bacon. The easiest way to do this is in the microwave as it only takes a couple minutes. Place the bacon on a plate with paper towel. Then cook it for 30 seconds and check to see if some fat is released. You can do this another 30 seconds if needed but make sure the bacon is still rubbery and easily pliable. The bacon will get crisper in air fryer this way.

How do you cook the jalapeño poppers in the air fryer?

Place stuffed jalapeño poppers in air fryer side by side but don’t overcrowd them. Leave a little space between each one. Set the temperature to 400°F, then cook for 10 minutes. If the bacon is not crispy yet, add another 2 minutes.

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Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

jalapenos stuffed with white filling with specks of green and orange cheddar, wrapped in bacon on parchment paper and small white plate; beige cloth with black dots in background

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are the perfect blend of cheese and spice. This recipe has just a few ingredients and is quick enough for an afternoon snack or party appetizer.

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 jalapeños
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. green onion
  • 6 bacon slices

Instructions

  1. Use gloves to cut jalapeño in half and remove the seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese and green onion. Stuff each jalapeño with the filling.
  3. Place 6 bacon slices on a plate with paper towel. Par cook in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until some fat is released and the bacon is still rubbery and movable.
  4. Wrap each jalapeño with bacon.
  5. Place jalapeño poppers in the air fryer basket, set air fryer at 400°F and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are the perfect blend of cheese and spice. This recipe has just a few ingredients and is quick enough for an afternoon snack or party appetizer. #appetizerrecipes
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are the perfect blend of cheese and spice. This recipe has just a few ingredients and is quick enough for an afternoon snack or party appetizer. #appetizerrecipes

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.