Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

This Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers recipe is perfect for any occasion. With a crispy exterior and a creamy, spicy filling, these poppers are sure to be a hit.

Have you ever tried air-fried jalapeno poppers? This simple recipe transforms regular spicy jalapenos into delicious appetizers.

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Why Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers?

Air fryer jalapeño poppers are a healthier alternative to the traditional deep-fried version. Using an air fryer reduces the amount of oil needed, resulting in a lower calorie count while still delivering the same great taste and texture. Plus, they cook faster and more evenly.

Have a look at less-spicy stuffed peppers here.

PRO TIPS for the Best Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

  • Wear gloves when handling jalapeño peppers to avoid irritation from the spicy oils. The plastic gloves protect your hands from the hot peppers!
  • Ensure cream cheese is at room temperature for easy mixing.
  • Preheat your air fryer for the best results. If your air fryer doe not have the preheat function, you can set it to the required temperature and let it run for 3 minutes. 
  • Cook in a single layer to ensure even cooking and crispiness. Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket. 
  • Use a food processor for a smoother cream cheese mixture.


  • 10 jalapeños, halved with seeds removed: Fresh jalapeños provide the perfect spicy kick.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened: The base of the filling, it creates a creamy texture.
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese: Adds a rich, tangy flavor.
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped: For a smoky, savory element.
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped: Adds a touch of freshness and color.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder: Enhances the overall flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder: Adds depth to the filling.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste, for seasoning.
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs: Creates a crispy topping.
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted: Helps the breadcrumbs adhere and become golden brown.

How to make air fryer jalapeno poppers recipe

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Spread the cream cheese mixture into each halved pepper, making sure not to overfill the peppers.

In a small bowl, stir together the panko breadcrumbs and melted butter.

Dip the top of each jalapeño into the breadcrumb mixture and place them in the air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Air fry in batches for 5 to 8 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the peppers are tender.


  • Monterey Jack cheese can replace cheddar for a milder flavor.
  • Turkey bacon can be used for a lower fat option.
  • Gluten-free breadcrumbs can replace panko for those with gluten sensitivities.
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover jalapeño poppers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer for best results.

Cooking Methods

  • Air Frying: Quick and healthy with a crisp finish. This is my preferred method.
  • Baking: Use a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
  • Grilling: For a smoky flavor, grill over medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Serving Suggestions

Serve these poppers as a perfect game day snack with air fryer chicken wings and tortilla chips. They also pair well with a side of sour cream or ranch dip.

Frozen Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Frozen jalapeño poppers are a quick and easy way to enjoy a popular appetizer with minimal preparation. Using an air fryer ensures they come out perfectly crispy and delicious every time.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe


Can I use frozen jalapeños?

  • Fresh jalapeños are best for this recipe. Frozen ones may become too soft.

How do I avoid the poppers being too spicy?

  • Remove all seeds and membranes from the jalapeños, and rinse them in cold water.

Can I make Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers ahead of time?

Yes, prepare them up to the cooking step and store in the refrigerator. Cook just before serving for best results.

Can I cook these from frozen?

Frozen jalapeños are meant to be cooked directly from frozen for convenience.

How do I prevent frozen jalapeños from getting soggy?

Air fry in a single layer and shake the basket halfway through cooking, make sure to cook straight from frozen.

Can I make my own jalapeño poppers and freeze them?

  • Absolutely, make them as usual, freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag for storage.
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

The Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers recipe is a fun and easy! Enjoy a delicious blend of spicy jalapeños, creamy cheese, and crispy bacon, perfect for any appetizer or game day snack.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Servings


  • Air fryer


  • 10 jalapenos halved with seeds removed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees.
  • Stir together the cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper until smooth.
  • Spread the mixture in to each jalapeno half, making sure not to over fill the peppers.
  • Stir together the panko breadcrumbs and butter in a shallow dish.
  • Dip the top of each jalapeno into the breadcrumb mixture and place in the tray or basket of your air fryer.
  • Cook in batches for 5 to 8 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the peppers are tender.

Enjoy this easy air fryer recipe and make perfect poppers every time!

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