Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

This Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers recipe combines spicy jalapenos with a creamy and cheesy filling, topped off with a little crunch for a delicious appetizer or snack!

If you love jalapenos like I do, then you will also enjoy my Jalapeño Popper Dip, Jalapeño Poppers, and Jalapeño Popper Soup!

Jalapeno poppers on a white plate

Jalapeno poppers are one of the BEST appetizers because they are perfect for any event. Holidays, sports games, birthdays, family gatherings, they work in all situations. And since this recipe uses an air fryer to bake them, creating these delicious poppers couldn’t be easier! The spice you get from the jalapeno, mixed with the creaminess of the cream cheese, cheddar, and green onion filling, topped with a crunch of breadcrumbs, you will make these again and again!

How to make Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts see the recipe card below.

Ingredients for air fryer jalapeno poppers

Slice jalapeno peppers in half leaving the stems on. Then using a knife or small spoon cut out the seeds and membranes to hollow out the jalapenos.

Membranes being removed from jalapenos

In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese, sharp cheddar, green onions, garlic powder and pepper.

cream cheese filling for jalapenos

Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each jalapeno pepper.

jalapenos filled with cream cheese filling

In another small bowl combine the panko and the melted butter and mix well until the breadcrumbs are coated evenly.

Melted butter and breadcrumbs in a small dish

Dip the poppers into the panko mixture to coat the top of the cream cheese mixture.

jalapeno poppers topped with bread crumbs

Bake in your air fryer at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes until the panko is a golden-brown color.

Poppers after they have cooked in the air fryer

Finally, remove from the air fryer, serve, and enjoy!

plate of air fryer jalapeno poppers

Tips for making this dish

Wear Gloves!

When working with the jalapeños I HIGHLY recommend using disposable gloves so that your fingers and hands are protected from the inside of the jalapeño.

Adjust the amount of jalapenos based on guests

Whether you are making this for your family for dinner or for a gathering you will need to adjust how many poppers to make. I would estimate at least 1 jalapeno, or 2 poppers per person.

FAQs

Can I make these beforehand?

Of course! You can prep these jalapeno poppers a couple hours before you are ready to cook and serve them. You can keep them in an airtight container in your fridge until ready to cook. In addition, I would wait until you cook them to add the breadcrumbs on top so they don’t get soggy in the fridge.

When should I air fry them?

These poppers only take 5 minutes to cook and they are best served warm. With this, I would wait until right before your guests arrive to pop these in the air fryer.

How can I make hese poppers spicier?

When it comes to jalapenos, the spice is in the seeds and membranes of the jalapeno. If you are wanting the poppers to be spicier then simply leave more of the membrane. On the flip side of that if you are wanting a more mild jalapeno popper then be sure to remove as much of the membrane as you can.

poppers on a plate with ranch dressing

Storage and Reheating

You can store this recipe in an airtight container in your fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat you can do so in your microwave until everything has warmed through.

I would not recommend freezing this recipe.

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This Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers recipe combines spicy jalapenos with a creamy and cheesy filling, topped off with a little crunch for a delicious appetizer or snack!

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

This Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers recipe combines spicy jalapenos with a creamy and cheesy filling, topped off with a little crunch for a delicious appetizer or snack!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 poppers
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Andrea
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Ingredients

  • 5 medium jalapenos
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese - shredded
  • 2 Tbsp green onions - chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp butter - melted

Instructions

  • Slice jalapenos in half leaving the stems on. Then using a knife or small spoon cut out the seeds and membranes to hollow out the jalapenos.
  • In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese, sharp cheddar, green onions, garlic powder and pepper.
  • Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each jalapeno pepper.
  • In another small bowl combine the panko and the melted butter and mix well until the breadcrumbs are coated evenly.
  • Dip the poppers into the panko mixture to coat the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake in your air fryer at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes until the panko is a golden brown color.
  • Finally, remove from the air fryer, serve, and enjoy!

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NOTES

You can store this recipe in an airtight container in your fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat you can do so in your microwave until everything has warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1popper | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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