These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (Air Fryer) are a cheesy-good (not fried) appetizer made from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook!

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Friends, just in time for summer entertaining (or tailgate season coming up!), I really think you’re going to love these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers made in the Air Fryer. You may also want to try this NEW How to make Air Fryer Falafel recipe, or these Cheesy Baked Jalapeno Poppers. Another one of my all-time favorite appetizers is this Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, for all you mushroom fans!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (Air Fryer)

They are made in my friend, Skinnytaste’s, new air fryer, so they are not fried the “traditional” way. 

My friend, Gina Homolka, who blogs over at Skinnytaste.com – came out with an air fryer cookbook, featuring 75 quick and easy recipes that deliver on Skinnytaste’s signature “light on calories, big on flavor” promise. We just made two of her recipes this week. I have to say, I’m hooked on the air fryer! Oh, and by the way, I bet this Buttermilk-Marinated Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken is the most popular air fryer recipe out there right now. So quick and easy!

picking up a Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Popper

Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Remember this is a “lighter” less-calorie recipe!

  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chives, or scallions
  • Center-cut bacon

plate of Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Poppers

Why we love poppers

Why do I love to host so much? People aren’t looking for a perfectly hosted dinner party, they are simply craving a place at the table. A few moments to feel seen and heard and loved, start with inviting people over for a simple appetizer.

Make this Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers recipe and serve with a glass of wine!

Everyone is happy when they see what the appetizer is!

Set out dips like Ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, or your favorite sauce (for those who love sauce!)

a white plate of Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

What is an air fryer?

If you’re not familiar with an air fryer, it uses high-powered, super hot, circulating air like a convection oven, which crisps up your favorite “fried” foods with barely any oil needed.

Cook times are shorter than traditional oven methods, and the process requires little clean-up.

Perfect for summer hosting!

Why use an air fryer

I resisted buying an air fryer for quite some time, because I really didn’t want another gadget or cooking appliance taking up space in my kitchen. My thought was, What can the air fryer do that I can’t do with my oven? I’ll admit, I was skeptical.

The air fryer is a healthy alternative for cooking your food, using little to no oil.

The first recipe I tested was this Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (Air Fryer), from Gina’s cookbook, Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook!

The recipe came out perfectly crispy and cooked—without having to turn our oven on. I was amazed.

a round white plate of Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

How to make Bacon Wrapped Poppers in the air fryer

  1. Wearing rubber gloves, halve the jalapeños lengthwise to make 12 pieces, Scoop out the seeds and membranes and discard.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, and scallions. Using a small soon or spatula, fill the jalapeños with the cream cheese filling. Wrap a bacon strip around each pepper and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 325 F.
  4. Working in batches, place the stuffed peppers in a single layer in the air dryer basket. Cook for about 12 minutes, until the peppers are tender, the bacon is browned and crisp, and the cheese is melted. (For a toaster oven-style air fryer, cook at 300 F; the timing remains the same:)

Serve warm them warm!

Start with an appetizer, and keep it short and sweet. It’s a great way to get to know new people in your life!

plates of Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

More air fryer recipes to try:

Air Fryer English Muffin Pepperoni Pizza

Low-Carb Cheeseburger Sliders

Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

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Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (Air Fryer) are a cheesy-good (not fried) appetizer made from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Yield: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 6 large jalapeños
  • 4 oz 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • cup fine cut chives, or 2 scallions, green tops only sliced
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, halved

Instructions
 

  • Wearing rubber gloves, halve the jalapeños lengthwise to make 12 pieces, Scoop out the seeds and membranes and discard.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, and scallions. Using a small soon or spatula, fill the jalapeños with the cream cheese filling. Wrap a bacon strip around each pepper and secure with a toothpick.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 325 F.
  • Working in batches, place the stuffed peppers in a single layer in the air dryer basket. Cook for about 12 minutes, until the peppers are tender, the bacon is browned and crisp, and the cheese is melted. (For a toaster oven-style air fryer, cook at 300 F; the timing remains the same:)
  • Serve warm!
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
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