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Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Cheesy, spicy, crispy, and delicious jalapeño poppers made in the air fryer! This easy appetizer comes together quickly, and in a few simple steps. They're loaded with tangy cream cheese, plenty of cheddar cheese, fresh herbs, spices, and topped off with crunchy breadcrumbs - yum!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword easy appetizer, game day food, restaurant-style
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 163kcal


  • Small bowl
  • Air fryer


  • 5 medium jalapeños
  • ½ cup cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Chives chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


  • Slice each jalapeño in half lengthwise, then remove any seeds and membrane inside each half.
    air fryer jalapeño poppers step 1
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chives, and garlic powder.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs and melted butter.
    air fryer jalapeño poppers step 3
  • Fill each jalapeño half with about a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture, then dip cream cheese side into breadcrumbs.
  • Place jalapeño poppers in a single layer in air fryer tray or basket, and cook at 380° Fahrenheit for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.
    air fryer jalapeño poppers step 5


  • Make it Keto: To make this recipe keto-friendly, shred the cheddar cheese yourself, then omit the panko breadcrumbs. Top your air fryer jalapeño poppers with either an extra sprinkling of cheddar cheese or crumbled bacon!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 3g