Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

Extra spicy jalapeño poppers are quickly air fried, making them a perfect game day snack!! Unlike many other jalapeño popper recipes, there is no bacon or other meat. Should you want to add bacon, simply cook a crumble the bacon prior to adding the second layer of cheese.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Extra cheesy, super spicy air fryer jalapeño poppers are just what your Super Bowl party needs this year.

For Christmas, I bought my husband an air fryer in an attempt to get the king of “unhealthy, fast food is the best food” eating into the routine of eating (somewhat) healthier. After researching high and low, I settled on a mid-range air fryer, utterly not sure whether or not he would actually use it.

He uses the darn thing several times a week. Can I safely consider him addicted to air frying?

Extra cheesy, super spicy air fryer jalapeño poppers is just what your Super Bowl party needs this year.

While jalapeño poppers hold a space near and dear to my heart (hello 20’s and my favorite drunk food), the husband person wanted to make something a little healthier than the fried and breaded versions I loved—or the lazy way out version prepared by a grocery store and sold in the deli department.

This crazy air fryer makes me feel totally guilty for not taking the time to make my own jalapeño poppers from scratch (seriously, how many actual ingredients and no fancy preservatives, artificial coloring or flavors are in this screw-up proof recipe?) and for having been resistant to getting an air fryer at all.

Extra cheesy, super spicy air fryer jalapeño poppers are just what your Super Bowl party needs this year.

This fun appetizer is just perfect to place on your game day spread, or for a quick “when’s dinner, oh I can’t wait an hour I’m starving to death” situation. It’s easy enough that older kids could put it together (but warn them about the hazard of working with hot peppers and accidentally touching your eye), or even your kitchen-illiterate husband.

My husband’s recipe calls for three ingredients, plus just a teeny tiny bit of olive oil. Grated pepper jack cheese, jalapeño cream cheese and a cut in half lengthwise with seeds and spines removed fresh jalapeño. Honestly, that’s all there is to it.

Extra cheesy, super spicy air fryer jalapeño poppers is just what your Super Bowl party needs this year.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Recipe by Rae Goldman

Extra spicy jalapeño poppers are quickly air fried, making them a perfect game day snack!! Unlike many other jalapeño popper recipes, there is no bacon or other meat. Should you want to add bacon, simply cook a crumble the bacon prior to adding the second layer of cheese.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Total time: 16 minutes

Yield: 16 jalapeño poppers

Ingredients

  • 8 jalapeños, sliced in half length wise
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese, or another spicy cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. Spread cream cheese in each jalapeño half, sprinkle the pepper jack cheese on top and then transfer jalapeño slices to an air fryer. Set temperature to 360º, then cook for 8 minutes. Poppers are done when the shredded cheese is golden.


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