6 jalapeño peppers
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¾ cup shredded cheese (I used colby jack)
4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
Prepare the jalapeños - cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes.
Prepare the filling - in a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and garlic salt and mix well. Stir in ½ cup of shredded cheese.
Assemble the poppers - divide the cream cheese mixture evenly among the pepper halves. Sprinkle additional cheese on top. Top with crumbled bacon and panko bread crumbs.
Air fry - place the poppers in the air fryer basket and air fry at 350° F for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with sliced green onions and serve with ranch dressing.
Not only are they packed with all the delicious flavors you want in a popper - like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon - but they literally couldn't be easier to make. Just slice, mix, stuff, and pop them in the air fryer... and you have yourself the most delicious Jalapeño Poppers... without using any oil!
They make the perfect appetizers for game days, parties, or holidays, and are easy to prep in advance. Adjust the ingredients and amounts according to your tastes or make them exactly as the recipe calls for. Either way, you're going to LOVE them. Guaranteed!
🌶 RECIPE VARIATIONS
Leave some seeds in the jalapeños for more spice
Use flavored cream cheese such as jalapeño, garden vegetable, or chive & onion
Add cayenne pepper, chipotle chili powder, onion powder, or any of your favorite seasonings to the cream cheese mixture
Add 4 pieces chopped, cooked bacon in the cream cheese mixture
Substitute cooked, crumbled sausage for the bacon
Add extra panko bread crumbs for more crunch