Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

These cheesy and crispy Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are filled with cream cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs. 

Cook these up in the air fryer in just 8 minutes for a super easy game-day snack, along with my Crispy Baked Chicken Wings and 7 Layer Dip!

Plate of Jalapeño Poppers with ranch dressingpinterestI love, love, LOVE these cheesy, creamy bites of deliciousness.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

This recipe comes together super quickly with just a handful of basic ingredients. They cook up nice and crisp on the top thanks to the buttery panko breadcrumbs.

Ingredients for Jalapeño Poppers:

Here’s a basic list of the ingredients you’ll need in order to make this quick appetizer. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below.

  • Whole Jalapeños 
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Green Onions
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – you can find this in the Asian aisle of the grocery store.
  • Butter

ingredients needed for Jalapeno Poppers recipe

How To Make Jalapeño Poppers in Air Fryer

This easy appetizer recipe comes together real quick, perfect for game day!

  • Start by cutting the jalapeños in half, lengthwise, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and membranes.
  • Use a sturdy spoon to mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions and spices together in a small bowl and then scoop the cream cheese filling into the center of each hallowed out jalapeño.
  • Combine the panko breadcrumbs and melted butter together, then dip the cheese-stuffed peppers into the crumbs to coat.
  • Cook in the air fryer for just 5 to 8 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

PRO TIP: Wear plastic gloves when cutting the jalapenos and removing the seeds, and avoid touching your eyes.

scoop out seeds from jalapenos

How To Make Jalapeño Poppers Ahead of Time

You don’t want to spend the whole game-night in the kitchen and miss all the action, so making these ahead of time is actually super easy to do!

  1. Prepare the filling
  2. Stuff the peppers and coat with crumbs
  3. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge (up to 4 days) or freezer (up to 3 months) until you’re ready to cook!

If cooking from frozen, you will need to cook a little longer, until the tops are golden brown and the filling is nice and bubbly!

Can I Add Bacon?

Bacon Jalapeño Poppers are just as irresistible as the original.

I would add cooked, crisp bacon to the cream cheese filling before stuffing each pepper for a little bit of bacon in each bite.

Recipe Video Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

So easy!

bowl of panko breadcrumbs with cream cheese stuffed jalapenos

Jalapeño Poppers in Oven

Don’t have an air fryer yet? No worries! These can easily be cooked in the oven as well!

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until crisp on top!

cooked jalapeno poppers in air fryer basket

More Jalapeño Recipes To Try

Love the kick of jalapeños and want to try something more? Here are a few of my favorite recipes…

Easy Game-Day Recipes To Make

Here are a few, home-run recipes that always bring smiles to faces, and are perfect for game day!

Plate of Jalapeño Poppers with ranch dressing

You’re going to LOVE these EASY Jalapeño Poppers!

Plate of Jalapeño Poppers with ranch dressing
Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate this Recipe
0 from 0 votes

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

These cheesy and crispy Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are filled with cream cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 poppers
Calories: 78 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 5 medium jalapeños, fresh
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted


  • Use gloves or extra care when slicing the jalapeños in half, lengthwise. Use a small spoon to scoop out all the seeds and membranes, to hallow-out the jalapeño halves. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, green onions, garlic powder, salt and black pepper until fully combined. Spoon the mixture into the peppers, about 1 tbsp each pepper.
  • In another small dish, combine the panko breadcrumbs and melted butter and mix to coat the crumbs evenly with the butter. Dip the cream cheese part of the pepper into the crumbs and coat evenly.
  • Lay the peppers in the air fryer in an even layer and cook at 375 degrees F. for 5 to 8 minutes.*


*Air fryer times can vary based on the power of your air fryer. If your air fryer is preheated, the peppers will cook faster, so keep an eye on them.
OVEN INSTRUCTIONS - Prepare peppers according to instructions and then place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in 425 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes. 


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Cheesy, jalapeno peppers, Poppers
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?don't forget to share a picture and mention @iwashyoudry on Instagram or tag #iwashyoudry!

jalapeno popper on plate with ranch dressing

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

Leave a Reply

Recipe Rating

Shawn Syphus smiling

Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

I Wash You Dry Newsletter

Popular Categories

A chocolate cake displayed on a gold caked titled, \"Desserts\"Food in a skillet titled, \"One Skillet\"