Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers, an appetizer made from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook! Delicious knowing this recipe is not “fried.”

Friends, just in time for summer entertaining (or tailgate season coming up!), I really think you’re going to love these Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers.

Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

They are made in my friend, Skinnytaste’s, new air fryer, so they are not fried the “traditional” way. [You may also love my Cheesy Irish Sliders or Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers.

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!

Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño 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!

Ingredients needed to make jalapeños poppers

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

Large jalapeños (buy the big ones!), 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, and shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese.

Then you can use fresh chives or scallions, and a good quality bacon!

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. This book will help you cook healthy and delicious fried meals using little to no oil.

The first recipe I tested was this Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers, from Gina’s cookbook, Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook : The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer.

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

How to make Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

  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!

Today you can buy:

  • Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook : The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer, a cookbook of recipes made in the Skinnytaste by Vremi air fryer!
  • Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer – Extra Large Capacity, 5.8 Quart, 1700 Watt Electric Hot Air Cooker, Digital Touch Screen with 8 Cooking Presets, Bonus Recipe Booklet

Why I love my air fryer:

  • DOES MORE THAN FRY – You can fry, bake, roast and grill using this ONE appliance, in 10-12 minutes.
  • DIGITAL TOUCH-SCREEN WITH 8 COOKING PRESETS – Quickly select one of 8 cooking presets or set your own time and temperature.
  • EXTRA LARGE CAPACITY – A 5.8 QT (5.5 L) large, removable, non-stick basket, BIG ENOUGH to cook meals for the whole family or for hosting.
  • DISHWASHER SAFE – The outer pot, basket and the inside of the air fryer have a black, non-stick coating for super easy cleaning. Both the outer pot and basket are dishwasher safe, or can be cleaned with hot water, liquid detergent, and a non-abrasive sponge.
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Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: air fryer appetizer, appetizer, jalapeno poppers
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 large jalapeños
  • 4 oz 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 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!

Also try these Crab Cake Poppers, and Cheeseburger Jalapeño Poppers.

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