Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers


Enjoy a healthier and delicious take on this classic appetizer!

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

When I think of Jalapeño poppers, my mind goes back to my college days when I had an iron stomach. I’d go out with my friends at 10 pm to the local University bar and enjoy a handful of these spicy treats in between gulps of Coors Light. Needless to say, I’m not that person anymore, but I still crave my bar food faves. And now I can, all thanks to the invention of the air fryer. This gift from the appliance gods manages to mimic the fried taste of Jalapeño but without the excess oil.
So, how do these poppers taste compared to their fried counterparts? Pretty darn good, if you ask me. They’re every bit as crunchy and gooey as you’d hoped they would be. The sharp cheddar cheese contrasts beautifully with the tangy mildness of the cream cheese, and the green onions add a pleasantly pungent flavor. Are Jalapeños too spicy for your tastebuds? That’s okay because I have milder poppers you can try, like my cheesy buffalo potato poppers!

Are Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Healthy?

Jalapeños themselves are quite healthy and contain a ton of vitamins A and C. There’s also a decent amount of potassium, folate, and carotene. And compared to the standard deep-fried variety, these poppers are definitely healthier. The reduction in oil makes a big difference in fat content and calories. You can also use light cream cheese to knock down more fat if you prefer. If you absolutely have to, you could shave off a ¼ cup of cheddar cheese as well.

Picking the right Jalapeño

Your poppers will taste only as good as your Jalapeños. I’m picky with my produce and only buy organic when it comes to porous veggies like peppers. Pesticides absorb into their skin like a sponge. Greenhouse vegetables are also a solid option. But whether you buy conventional Jalapeños or not, make sure to give them a good look-over before tossing them in your cart. You want your peppers to be glossy and devoid of soft spots and nasty wrinkles. I’m all about buying misshapen vegetables, but a wrinkled or spotted Jalapeño tastes bitter. Fresh is best!


  • 5 medium jalapeños, fresh
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers



Slice and hollow out jalapeños, then fill with a savory cream cheese mixture.


Dip the stuffed jalapeños in buttery Panko breadcrumbs for a crispy exterior.


Air fry until the jalapeño poppers are perfectly golden and enjoy the delightful crunch.


Present these irresistible bites and watch them disappear.


Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

FAQs & Tips

How to Make Ahead and Store?

After making these poppers, you can store them in the fridge for 4 to 5 days in a resealable plastic bag or container. They also reheat well in the air fryer.

Should I spray my Air Fryer with Oil?

Since the poppers are already coated with oil, you don’t have to. But, it will help crisp them up even more.

How long Does it Take for the Cream Cheese to Soften?

Generally speaking it will take about 2 hours at room temperature. Of course, on a hot day, it may take a shorter time.

What other Cheeses would be Good on these poppers?

For something milder and slightly sweet, Monterey Jack is a good choice. You may even try a blue cheese or Baby Swiss. Basically, if can melt, it’s worth trying!

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Serving Suggestions

Jalapeño poppers pair well with other fun appetizers and finger foods. Try serving these poppers with air fryer chicken nuggets and oven baked mozzarella sticks. Or for a refreshing contrast, low carb California sushi bites are a great addition. And we mustn’t forget about sauces. I have several savory favorites like my perfect chipotle sauce or this ranch dressing mix. Prefer something sweet? My keto BBQ sauce or honey mustard dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers


Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 82kcal
Author FoodFaithFitness


  • 5 medium jalapeños fresh
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter melted


  • Carefully slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise while wearing gloves. Remove seeds and membranes with a spoon to hollow out each half.
    Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
  • In a bowl, blend cream cheese, cheddar, green onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Fill each jalapeño half with about 1 tablespoon of the mixture.
    Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
  • Mix Panko breadcrumbs with melted butter in a separate dish. Dip the filled side of each jalapeño into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.
    Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
  • Arrange the jalapeño halves in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 375°F for 5 to 8 minutes until golden and crispy.
    Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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