Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

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The best ever air fryer jalapeno poppers. Philadelphia cream cheese is stuffed into jalapenos with onion and cheddar cheese, breaded and then air fried.

This breaded jalapeno poppers air fryer recipe is easy to air fry and you can also make ahead and then air fry when you are ready.

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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer

We lived in The Algarve in Portugal for more than 13 years and I can tell you now, I could never get hold of jalapenos no matter how hard we tried to source them. The closest we ever came, was the pickled sliced jalapenos that were sold with the Mexican taco dinner set.

Then on a trip to Gibraltar in the summer of 2019, the local supermarket had some jalapenos and I jumped for joy, got over excited over the prospect of having real jalapenos and making jalapeno poppers in the air fryer, that I bought 1.5kg of them. Which is like 3 1/3 pounds of jalapenos!

On the return home I made these delicious jalapenos in the air fryer, a batch of bacon wrapped air fryer jalapeno poppers, then there was a jalapeno pizza and of course an Instant Pot Mexican casserole.   

Of course, being new to air fried jalapeno poppers the photos looked awful so now living back in the UK, I bought loads of jalapenos again and had a feast making them, photographing them and videoing them for you.

So here is to delicious jalapeno poppers cooked in the air fryer and having them as your best ever air fryer appetizer.

Jalapeno poppers is one of my favourite things to make in the air fryer. If you love the idea of melted cheese in the air fryer, check out these great air fryer recipes: air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks, air fryer grilled cheese, air fryer baked brie, air fryer cheese and bean toasties, air fryer cheesy chips.

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Can You Air Fry Jalapeno Poppers?

Yes, you can cook fresh jalapeno poppers in the air fryer and you will love them. They have a wonderful crispy texture thanks to the breading, are lovely and cheesy and its one of those delicious air fryer appetizers you will want to make time and time again.

But do note, to air fry jalapenos you will need to do them in a single layer in the air fryer to stop them sticking to each other and to make them nice and crispy.

Air Fryer Stuffed Jalapenos

There are two main types of stuffed jalapeno poppers that you can air fry. There are the traditional air fryer jalapenos like we are showing you today. These are stuffed with cream cheese and onion and grated cheese, then they are coated in breadcrumbs.

Then there is the low carb breadless option. The low carb version are stuffed in the exact same way as regular cream cheese jalapeno poppers, but instead of breading, they are wrapped in bacon.

Air Fried Jalapenos Make Ahead

What they don’t tell you, before you make your first air fried jalapenos is that they are time consuming to prepare.

If you were just air frying jalapenos whole, they are not a problem – but it’s the slicing them in half, removing all the spicy seeds and then perfectly portioning up the stuffed cheese filling into each.

If you are wanting to serve air fried jalapeno poppers for a dinner party, or maybe for date night, then we recommend making them ahead of time. Then place the jalapeno poppers ready to be air fried, into the fridge on a large plate, then air fry just before you are ready for serving.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer

When planning the ingredients for your cream cheese jalapeno poppers in the air fryer, we do recommend using Philadelphia Cream Cheese, is the most delicious and you just know when you have used it or another cheese.

Air fryer jalapeno poppers no cream cheese – Alternatively, if you don’t want cream cheese, you can swap it for cottage cheese, or another creamy cheese that would produce similar results.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers Breaded

Unlike a lot of breading recipes for the air fryer where you need a production line (I am talking to you Ninja Foodi Fried Chicken) with breading jalapeno poppers its just one small bowl.

In the bowl you have just breadcrumbs that you have seasoned, along with a little melted butter that you have stirred in. Then the jalapenos are placed cream cheese side down and the breading sticks to them. It honestly is that simple to bread poppers for the air fryer.

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Jalapeno Poppers Air Fryer Ingredients

Jalapeno Poppers Air Fryer Ingredients

Jalapenos – What I didn’t know is that jalapenos can be either light green or dark green. After trying both for jalapeno poppers I cant taste a difference between the two.

Cheese – Jalapeno poppers are perfect for cheese addicts like me. It combines both cream cheese (we love Philadelphia) and grated cheddar cheese. You can mix and match with your cheeses and gouda is also yummy.

Onions – Then we chopped some spring onion and added it to the bowl with the two cheeses. Not heard of spring onion? You may know it as green onions or scallions.  

Garlic – I also recommend adding in some garlic for extra flavour. You can use chopped frozen garlic (easy choice), garlic paste or even grate some fresh garlic.

Breading – Then because we are making air fryer jalapeno poppers no bacon, we are making a quick breading for the top of the poppers. For this we have some breadcrumbs in a bowl with some melted butter and seasoning mixed in.

Seasoning – Then of course there is seasoning. We are keeping it simple with salt, pepper and coriander leaf, known as cilantro in the US.

Optional – Then of course for those of you that hate cleaning the air fryer, you can of course, line the air fryer with a layer of foil (read here more about can you use foil in the air fryer).

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Jalapeno Poppers Air Fryer Plan B

Of course, breaded poppers might not be your thing, so what you could air fry instead is our air fryer bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, or why not cook from frozen and do our air fryer frozen jalapeno poppers instead. They are really good and are by TGI Friday and we will often have them at Christmas as a treat.

How To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?

  • Jalapenos. Using a large chopping board so that you can have a pile of seeds and your done jalapenos, slice the jalapenos lengthways, then using a teaspoon scoop out the seeds. Rinse and repeat until done and avoid contact with your face as we all hate stings from chilli seeds.
  • Mix. Next add to a bowl the ingredients that are going to be stuffed into your jalapenos. Your two cheeses, garlic, onion, and seasonings. Mix with a spoon until nice and creamy.  
  • Load. Then add the cheesy mixture into the jalapenos adding a good layer and filling any gaps.
  • Breading. Then in another bowl add the breading mixture and stir with a spoon. Tip the stuffed jalapenos into the breadcrumbs, cheese side down and it will create a nice layer of breadcrumbs.
  • Cook. Then place the jalapenos into the air fryer basket and air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f or until the breading is crispy to your liking.

How Long To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?

The jalapeno poppers air fryer time is JUST 8 minutes. Isn’t that amazing? Homemade jalapeno poppers in the air fryer in the time it takes to pre-heat a regular oven.

What Temp To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?

We recommend for the best jalapeno poppers that you cook at a temperature of 180c/360f. This ensures that the jalapeno poppers don’t dry out and give them a perfect piping hot centre.

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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

This jalapeno poppers air fryer recipe is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2019.

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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

The best ever air fryer jalapeno poppers. Philadelphia cream cheese is stuffed into jalapenos with onion and cheddar cheese, breaded and then air fried.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 10
Calories: 141kcal


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  • Let’s air fry jalapenos. Place the whole jalapenos on a chopping board and slice lengthways. Then using a teaspoon carefully remove the seeds. Place the seeds in the bin and wash your hands to avoid eye rubbing soreness and then get your bowl out ready for making your filling.
    How Long To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?
  • Into the bowl add the cream cheese, chopped onion, garlic, grated cheese, and your seasonings. Mix well with a tablespoon until well mixed. Then in another bowl add your seasonings with the breadcrumbs and melted butter.
    How Long To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?
  • Using a teaspoon stuff the jalapeno halves with the cream cheese filling.
    How Long To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?
  • Then place the jalapeno poppers cream cheese side down in the breadcrumbs and then transfer back to the chopping board, or direct into the air fryer basket.
    How Long To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?
  • Rinse and repeat until all the jalapenos are done and then air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f or until the breading has a crisp to it and then serve.
    How Long To Cook Jalapeno Poppers In Air Fryer?


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Make Ahead. If you want to cook jalapeno poppers in air fryer for supper, you can prepare them and then place them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.
Thanks for reading our air fryer jalapeno poppers recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious appetizers do try our air fryer baked brie next.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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