Perfect air fryer jalapeno poppers for an easy appetizer. Beware these are so good, you’ll have to make a triple batch. Air frying jalapeno poppers is a game changer! Air Fried Jalapeno Poppers Recipe with Bacon in Air Fryer basket

Best Air Fried Jalapeño Poppers Recipe {Appetizer}

These air fried jalapeño poppers are so tasty, on the verge of addicting. Use caution when eating these because they can be super hot on the inside from all the melty cheese. Another caution is that they’re so delicious, you might be making several batches! Every party, game day or super bowl needs a platter of these crispy bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers in the air fryer. The hot circulating air cooks the bacon wonderfully and the spicy jalapeños makes this one of our most popular appetizers!

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How to Cook Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

First of all, jalapeños will often vary is spice level. Sometimes they’re not spicy at all and taste like cucumbers. And then there’s others that are super spicy! So proceed with caution with the first bite! Secondly, you can add what ever cheese you want to the cream cheese filling mix. We used cheddar, but parmesan, pecorino, jalapeño jack and other cheese can work great as well. We have step by step photos for you to easily follow. Enjoy these air fried jalapeno poppers for game day or anytime you’re having a party!

Air Fried Jalapeno Poppers Recipe with Bacon in Air Fryer step by step

Can you re-heat these air fried jalapeno poppers?

Yes, you can re-heat them in the air fryer. But it’s best to have the poppers come to room temperature before reheating them so they can warm all the way through without burning on the outside.

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Air Fryer Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

The size of the jalapeños will vary and determine how much filling is used in each. We prefer to use a whole slice of bacon for each jalapeño half, but if you want to cut back the bacon a bit, you can cut the strips in half lengthwise (giving you long thin strips) and just use the 6 slices of bacon. Or cut them in half crosswise and then stretch the bacon as you wrap it to make sure it wraps enough to stay in place when it cooks.All air fryers are different and some cook much hotter than others. Once you cook your first batch, you’ll know more of what works for your model of air fryer and size of food. These recipes were tested on basket style air fryers. Want to know what oils and sprayers are best for an air fryer? This article is a great write up. Read more recipe notes below the recipe.
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  • 6 jalapeños
  • 4 ounces (113 g) cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt , or to taste
  • 6-12 slices bacon , depending on how much bacon you prefer
  • black pepper , to taste



  • Cut the jalapeños in half, lengthwise. Remove the seeds and white ribs then set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, grated cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder and salt. Mix until evenly combined.
  • Fill the jalapeño halves with the filling. If using 6 slices of bacon, cut them in half lengthwise. Wrap the bacon slices (the halves or whole slices, depending on what you prefer) around the filled jalapeños.
  • Sprinkle black pepper over the top of the wrapped jalapeños.
  • Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 10-12 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the jalapeños are tender. Or cook to your preferred doneness. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 185mg, Potassium: 57mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 224IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1mg

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