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Air-Fryer Pepper Poppers

These creamy stuffed jalapenos have some bite. They may be the most popular treats I make! My husband is always hinting that I should make a batch. —Lisa Byington, Johnson City, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound fresh jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Optional: Sour cream, French onion dip and ranch salad dressing


  • Preheat air fryer to 325°. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, bacon and seasonings; mix well. Spoon 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoonfuls into each pepper half. Roll in bread crumbs.
  • Spritz fryer basket with cooking spray. Working in batches if needed, place poppers in a single layer in basket. Cook for 15 minutes for spicy flavor, 20 minutes for medium and 25 minutes for mild, being careful not to over overcook. If desired, serve with sour cream, dip or dressing.

Test Kitchen tip
  • In our testing, we have found cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we have given wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 stuffed pepper half: 81 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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