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Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Balls
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5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Jalapeno Cheese Balls

These jalapeno cheese balls are my new favorite appetizer. They taste amazing and will be perfect at any of your get-togethers or just for a fun snack. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer jalapeno bacon cheese balls, jalapeno bacon cheese ball recipe, jalapeno bacon cheese balls
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Jill


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 6 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 6 oz smoked bacon cheddar shredded
  • 6 jalapenos seeds removed chopped finely
  • 10 pieces of bacon sliced finely and cooked to crispy bits
  • 4 eggs- beaten
  • 3 cups of Panko bread crumbs

Spiced flour:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder


  • Place all of the cheese ball ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine well.
  • Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and set to the side
  • Using a small ice cream scoop / cookie dough scooper spoon, portion out the cheese mix and make 1 inch balls. Place the balls on a baking tray.
  • Put the baking tray in the freezer for about 15 minutes until they are firm.
  • While the cheese balls are in the freezer prepare the dredging station.
  • In one bowl add the flour, garlic powder, cayenne, and onion powder, mix to combine.
  • Whisk the eggs in a seperate bowl.
  • Place the Panko crumbs in a third bowl.

Dredging steps:

  • Place the chilled cheese balls in the spiced flour mix.
  • Now coat with eggs, followed by the flour again, and the egg mix again.
  • Finally coat the cheese balls with the panko crumbs and set aside on the baking tray again.
  • Pre-heat if needed your Air fryer to 360°
  • Place the cheese bites in a single layer.
  • You may need to cook in batches.
  • Cook for 9 minutes
  • Remove the cheese balls from the Air fryer.
  • Serve warm with dipping sauce. Enjoy!


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 154mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 1.3mg