Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Published on October 17th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Jalapeño Poppers sliced in half

Jalapeño Poppers are a smaller bite-sized version of Chiles Rellenos. In both dishes, the peppers are cored and filled with a seasoned cheese paste mixture, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried. With the Jalapeño Poppers, their size makes them easy to pop in your mouth and enjoy.

This recipe takes the same great flavors we know and love but uses an air fryer to help reduce the fat from deep-frying. The cheese paste filling is a unique blend of creamy, nutty, salty, and well-seasoned goodness that compliments the spice of the Jalapeño pepper.

We hope you enjoy our Jalapeño Popper recipe with your air fryer the next time you're feeling for a spicy, cheesy snack with some Pico de Gallo on the side.

Plus, if you're looking for more air fryer meal ideas, check out our comprehensive guide to air fryer meal prep.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Serves
4

Ingredients

12 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 12 Jalapeño Peppers

  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese - room temperature

  • 10 ounces Gruyere Cheese - finely grated

  • 2 tablespoons Red Onion - minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 2 Eggs - beaten

  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot Starch

  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Pico de Gallo
  • 1 small yellow Onion - diced

  • 1 large Tomato - diced

  • 4 tablespoons fresh Cilantro - Chopped

  • 3-4 tablespoons Lime Juice

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the air fryer at 375 °F/ 190 °C.

Using hand gloves, prepare the peppers by slicing off the top and using a pepper corer or a pairing knife scoop, scraping out the seeds and pith from inside each pepper.

Mix the cheeses, onion, garlic powder, paprika, salt & black pepper together in a small bowl to make a paste.

Scoop the cheese paste mixture into each pepper using a teaspoon, leaving a little space at the top.

Pack a pinch of breadcrumbs into the top to create a cork or plug of bread crumbs.

Beat the eggs, placing them in a small dish and dip each pepper into it and then coat with arrowroot starch in a separate dish.

Now dip into the egg wash again and coat with breadcrumbs.

Arrange on the tray and place in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Repeat with remaining peppers.

Serve warm with some Pico de Gallo and enjoy.

Pico de Gallo

Mix all the ingredients and season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart