Last updated on August 24th, 2021
As we approach the dog days of summer, spicing up fun party dishes in the kitchen are super easy with fare such as these air fryer jalapeno poppers. The fact that we’re making them in the air fryer and not the deep fryer is of course, one of the better features of this dish.
This is one of my favorite recipes to share with friends – such as you – because you can make so many modifications and substitutions to suit your own tastes.
Want to swap out for a different type of cheese? Go for it! Craving a different type of ham? Make it happen! Need a gluten free solution? Leave out the panko and use cooked shredded chicken breast or bacon for filler. It’s just that easy!
Tips & Tricks on making Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
Gather together the half dozen or so ingredients to make these air fryer jalapeno poppers happen.
The first tip I’ll share with you – that I learned the very hard way: be sure to wear protective gloves when working with the jalapenos. You’ll need to slice them lengthwise and remove the seeds. If you choose not to wear gloves, please wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching any part of your skin, mouth or eyes.
In small bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, panko bread crumbs, green onions, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
This is where you can make any modifications or substitutions you’d like. Jalapeno poppers are very flexible and can handle being stuffed with meat, being made gluten free, being wrapped in bacon – you name it!
Use a spatula or a small spoon to scoop filling into jalapeno peppers.
Working in batches, arrange stuffed jalapeno poppers in prepared air fryer basket in a single layer (see image below) and cook for 8 – 10 minutes, or until peppers are soft and tops are golden brown.
Remove jalapeno poppers from air fryer and serve immediately.
Jalapeno poppers can be stored for up to four days, covered in the refrigerator. To reheat leftovers, place back in the air fryer for 2 to 3 minutes at 375°, or until heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave but your results may vary.