Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno poppers are believed to have originated in Texas in the 1970s. They were first served at the Texas State Fair and quickly became a popular bar food and appetizer. Traditionally, jalapeno poppers are made by stuffing whole jalapeno peppers with cream cheese and cheddar cheese, then deep-frying them. However, with the rise of air fryers, people have started making healthier versions of this popular dish.

Air Fried Jalapeno Poppers

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: AppetizerCuisine: American
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These crispy and flavorful jalapeno poppers are the perfect appetizer or snack. Made in an air fryer, they are a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried poppers.


  • 12 jalapeno peppers

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds and membranes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
  • Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture.
  • Dip each jalapeno popper in the beaten egg, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place the jalapeno poppers in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the poppers are golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve hot with your choice of dipping sauce.


  • Make sure to wear gloves when handling jalapenos to avoid irritation.
  • For a spicier version, leave the seeds and membranes intact.
  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

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