Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers have become one of our favorite appetizers to make. They are much healthier than the ones that you order at a restaurant. Yet they still have all the familiar flavors of a crunchy, deep-fried popper stuffed with cream cheese.
As much as we love our Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe, sometimes we prefer to have a simple, hand held appetizer. This allows us to enjoy our own individual appetizer without having to gather around a single dish.
So when we had an abundance of jalapeños that we picked out of the garden, we decided to stuff them and make poppers. However, instead of wrapping them in bacon like many popular recipes, we wanted that familiar crunch that you get when eating a traditional popper.
However, because we were going to cook them in our Power 360 Air Fryer, we knew that we couldn’t use a true batter. Therefore, we decided to top the filling with Panko Breadcrumbs instead. But don’t worry, if you are eating a Gluten-Free, Keto or Low-Carb diet, you can substitute pork rinds for the breadcrumbs or omit them all together.
Easy Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
Of course the first step is to prepare the peppers. I strongly suggest that you use gloves when handling the jalapeños. They can be very hot and if your skin comes in contact with the inside of the pepper it will burn.
First, slice the pepper in half so that you have two long sections. I prefer to leave the stem on the pepper so that they are easier to hold when eating. However, this is just a personal preference and optional.
Use a spoon to remove the seeds and ribs. This is where the majority of the heat is contained. So if you like your Jalapeño Poppers a little on the spicy side, don’t scrape the insides completely clean.
Now set the peppers aside and make the filling.
For this recipe, we kept the Jalapeño Poppers filling pretty basic with a mixture of cream cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley. However, feel free to add any additional ingredients to jazz things up a bit.
Suggested additions: bacon bits, ground sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, diced green onions.
Start by mixing the softened cream cheese with half of the breadcrumbs. Then add in the parsley and mix until well combined.
Now fill in the well of each jalapeño pepper and mound the filling on top. Be sure to press the cream cheese mixture tightly into each pepper.
Next, place the remaining breadcrumbs on a plate or shallow bowl. Turn the pepper upside down into the breadcrumbs. Lightly pat the top of the breadcrumbs so that they stick to the filling.
Preheat the Air Fryer and lightly spritz the top of the Jalapeño Poppers with olive oil. Cook until the tops are golden brown.
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Easy Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
- 10 jalapeno peppers
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 3/4 c Panko crumbs
- 1/4 c fresh parsley
- Carefully cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and pith from the inside of the peppers.
- Mix together 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and cream cheese. Once combined mix in the parsley.
- Fill each pepper half with the mixture.
- Place the remaining 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl or a rimmed plate. Gently press the tops of the peppers into the breadcrumbs to create the top coating.
- Lightly coat the tops of the peppers with olive oil spray.
- Preheat Air Fryer if your brand recommends to do so before cooking. Then place the poppers into the air fryer basket. Cook at 370°F for 6-8 minutes until the breadcrumbs begin to turn golden brown.
- Remove from the air fryer and let them cool enough to handle.