Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

The first known recipe for jalapeno poppers was published in Texas in the 1970s, and they quickly gained popularity as a bar food and appetizer. The addition of bacon to the traditional cream cheese and jalapeno filling adds a smoky and salty element that takes these poppers to the next level. With the rise in popularity of air fryers, this modern twist on a classic appetizer has become a go-to for easy and delicious party food.

Air Fried Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: AppetizerCuisine: American
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These crispy and flavorful jalapeno poppers are a crowd-pleasing appetizer that is perfect for game day or any gathering. The air fryer cooks them to perfection, with a crispy bacon exterior and a creamy and spicy filling.


  • 12 jalapeno peppers

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 12 slices of bacon, cut in half

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribs.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture.
  • Wrap each jalapeno half with a half slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick if needed.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped jalapenos in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the bacon is crispy.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer to ensure even cooking.
  • If you want a milder version, remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapenos before stuffing.
  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

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