Recipe courtesy of Jaymee Sire

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 10 large or 20 small jalapeño poppers
These bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers were my dad's go-to party recipe and always a huge hit! He baked them in the oven, but I've discovered they cook in the air fryer in less than one-fourth of the time!



  1. Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F (if preheating is necessary; see Cook's Note for oven directions).
  2. Slice each jalapeño in half lengthwise and remove the ribs and seeds (see Cook's Note). Using a small rubber spatula or spoon, fill the jalapeño halves with the cream cheese. If using large jalapeños, wrap each half with 1 slice of the bacon, tucking in the ends. (If using smaller jalapeños, cut each slice of bacon in half crosswise before wrapping.)
  3. Place the jalapeños (cream cheese side up) in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and crispy.
  4. Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with the cilantro and lime juice, if using, and serve!

Cook’s Note

A pointy, serrated grapefruit spoon is great for removing the ribs and seeds from chiles. If using the oven, preheat to 400 degrees F. Bake the wrapped jalapeños in an oven-safe dish for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and crispy.