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5 from 4 votes

Air Fryer Jalapeño Popper Balls

Crispy, cheesy, and full of spicy goodness, my Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers are an easy appetizer that the whole family will adore!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bacon jalapeno poppers, jalapeno poppers, jalapeno poppers air fryer
Servings: 20 popper balls
Calories: 169kcal



  • 1 cup diced jalapeños
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced jalapeños, bacon, scallions, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Scoop out the mixture and roll into 1.5-inch balls. Place them onto a lined baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes to firm up.
  • Place the breadcrumbs, eggs, and flour in 3 small separate bowls.
  • Roll each ball in the flour, then dip it into the egg mixture, and then roll it in the breadcrumbs. If you want a thicker outside, dip the ball back into in the egg mixture again and roll it in the breadcrumbs a second time.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F and spray the basket with cooking spray.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, fry 4 to 6 balls for 10 - 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve the jalapeño popper balls warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


Makes 15-20 popper balls.
Extra hot sauce can be added if preferred. Recipe can easily be doubled and made ahead of time if serving a crowd.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg