Easy Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Jalapenos (with a twist)
Football season has arrived and although cooler temperatures are surely on the horizon, it is still WAY too hot to cook in the RV oven. That’s why I enlist the help of my Ninja Foodi ( my favorite cooking appliance) to whip up these Easy Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Jalapenos for game day or any other time we want a tasty snack. Cooking them in the air fryer is a great way to make the bacon super crispy all the way around AND they cook in about half of the time!
Why you need to make THESE particular Air Fryer Jalapenos ASAP!
Everyone has had these tasty little gems at some point in their life. Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon. What’s not to love?
But, this recipe is different and I think you will agree that the tweaks I’ve made, take it over the top. Now don’t worry, I’m not taking away anything that makes them… well, delicious! They ARE one of America’s favorite game day appetizers for a reason.
I have simply jazzed up the cream cheese filling with the addition of smokey white cheddar cheese, fresh garlic, and tangy sundried tomatoes!
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Let’s Gather Up the Ingredients!
These Easy Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Jalapenos come together quickly with just a few simple ingredients.
- Jalapeno peppers – Choose large jalapenos that are roughly the same size so that you have plenty of room to add lots of the cheesy filling. Making sure they are the same size allows them to cook evenly
- Softened Cream Cheese – Let the cream cheese come to room temperature so that a smooth texture and it is easier to mix the ingredients into it
- Sundried Tomatoes – Diced finley
- Fresh Garlic – Minced finley
- Shallot -Diced finley
- Smoked White Cheddar – Shredded
- Bacon – This is not the time for thick-cut bacon. Thinner slices will wrap around the jalapenos more easily
Make the cream cheese mixture
In a shallow bowl, combine the cream cheese with the sundried tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, shallots, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Mix thoroughly and then allow the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes so that the flavors can incorporate.
While you wait…
Prep the Jalapenos
Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise and then remove all of the seeds and membranes.
Assemble the Jalapeno Poppers
With a small spoon, get a scoop of filling and fill each of the jalapeño halves with it. Stuff as much as you can in each half because obviously, it’s the best part! Once you have used up all of the filling, take each half and wrap it with a slice of bacon, and then secure it with a toothpick.
Now Let’s Get Cooking
Place each popper into your air fryer basket. Make sure that they are in a single layer and try not to crowd them too much. The more air circulation that can get around them, the crispier the bacon will get. If you have to cook them in batches, that’s ok. You can snack on the ones that are done while the others are cooking.
Cooking time will depend on your particular air fryer model, but I cooked mine at 375 F for approximately 10 minutes in my Ninja Foodi. I didn’t use cooking spray or parchment paper. Cook yours until the bacon is golden brown and crispy.
- Try swapping the Smoked Cheddar for Parmesan and add in some fresh basil
- Or use Sharp Cheddar and green onions instead
- If you don’t have fresh garlic or shallots, you could use garlic powder and onion powder in their place, but fresh ingredients are always going to taste better so use them if you can
These are best eaten immediately, but if you do have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
Tip for success: It’s best to store them before they have been cooked, so cook them in batches! If your guests want more, throw a few more poppers in the air fryer. That way instead of heating up a soggy popper the next day, you are getting a fresh one that still has some crunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honestly, this is the best way to cook up a small batch of these delicious appetizers. They cook in less time and the bacon gets crispier than in a conventional oven. It’s perfect for RVers because you don’t have to heat up the kitchen and the air fryer uses less power/propane than the oven. In my opinion, this method yields the best results hands down!
Approximately 10-12 minutes. Cook time will vary. Check the poppers at the half halfway point just to make sure the bacon isn’t burning.
No, with this method it isn’t necessary. The air fryer circulates hot air all around the poppers crisping the bacon without having to flip.
YES! These poppers can easily be prepared in advance so that you have one less thing to think about on game day. When you are ready to serve, simply pull them out of the fridge and pop them in the air fryer. Before you know it the RV will be filled with the heavenly aroma of bacon and garlic.
I’m certain that this is going to become one of your favorite recipes to make when entertaining guests, as a snack, or even as a side dish next to a juicy steak!
Want some other Fall Party Snacks? Try this Quick and Easy Guacamole or my fresh Pico De Gallo. These Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shots will take your favorite cereal from childhood and turn it into a fun and boozy adult treat perfect for parties.
Other air fryer recipes for you to enjoy
As always, if you decide to make these Easy Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Jalapenos or any of my other appetizer recipes, please be sure to give them a rating and let me know how yours turned out. I love hearing your feedback and I will do my best to answer any questions you have as quickly as I can.
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Easy Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Jalapenos
- 15 lrg Jalapenos
- 8 oz Cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 jar Sundried Tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Shallot, finely minced
- 2 cups Shredded smoked white cheddar
- 15 slices Bacon not thick cut
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare your jalepenos
- Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise trying to keep the stem attached if possible.
- Scrape out all of the ribs and seeds with a spoon, discard, and then set the prepared peppers aside.
Prepare the filling
- Put the room-temperature cream cheese into a shallow mixing bowl.
- Add 2 cloves of garlic that have been pressed through a garlic press. You want the garlic to be almost a paste.
- Add the chopped sundried tomatoes, dices shallot, shredded cheese,cheddar, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly and then allow the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes so that the flavors can incorporate.
Stuff the peppers
- Use a teaspoon to divide the filling evenly between the halved peppers. Fill each half with enough filling so that it is flush with the top of the pepper. You can use the back of the spoon to press the filling into the pepper and smooth it out.
Wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick
- Cut the slices of bacon in half crosswise. Wrap each pepper half in a piece of bacon trying to tuck the ends under the pepper. Use a toothpick to secure the bacon by skewering it from side to side at each end of the pepper. At this point you can either wrap the poppers tightly in plastic wrap and put into the refrigerator until ready to bake or move on to the next step.
Bake the poppers
- Place each popper into your air fryer basket. Make sure that they are in a single layer and try not to crowd them too much. The more air circulation that can get around them, the crispier the bacon will get. If you have to cook them in batches, that's ok. You can snack on the ones that are done while the others are cooking. Cooking time will depend on your particular air fryer model, but I cooked mine at 375 F for approximately 10 minutes in my Ninja Foodi. I didn't use cooking spray or parchment paper. Cook yours until the bacon is golden brown and crispy.